For the love of our breed, the Berger Picard!
The BPCA encourages everyone to send in a blood sample to the CHIC DNA Bank from your Picards, so that DNA is available to qualified researchers that may decide they want to look at a specific issue found in the breed. This is especially important for any Picard that contributes to the gene pool (if your dog has produced puppies), please be sure to bank DNA for future use.
For most research projects, recruiting appropriate samples is very time-consuming and it can be difficult to get the key samples needed. If we have DNA banked, research can be initiated much more quickly. Plus, as DNA tests become available, you will be able to test a dog even if it has passed on. Information on the CHIC DNA Bank is found at www.CanineHealthInfo.org, click on the CHIC DNA BANK tab. Please send a blood sample, although it is a bit more of a hassle to do, this is much more useful for research. Cheek swabs are simple to do, but not adequate for research purposes. Requirements for a CHIC number are here: http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=BEP
The BPCA sponsors blood draws around the country at various shows and events. Submissions done at our events are paid for by the club. Make an effort when available to have this done– even if your dog is not in the gene pool.
Please DEFINITELY consider doing this if a health issue exists in your dog or if your dog IS in the gene pool. The scientists may not be able to find a genetic marker today but with the exponential rate of discovery going, it may be sooner than imagined.
If your Picard dies of unusual circumstances or illness, please consider having a necropsy done. This is the only way we are going to discover what may be inherent in our dogs.
If you were unable to do the first two, please send in a DNA sample even after your dog’s death to CHIC. The researchers can use either a bit of muscle or the tongue. If your dog had an eye condition PLEASE send in the entire eyes. We are finding more and more ocular problems with our dogs and need specimens to look at. You can contact Liz Hansen, our health director, <HansenL@missouri.edu> for more details.
Here are the instructions and documents for submissions:
Not near a BPCA Blood Draw? Here is the form to submit with blood sample:
Here are the instructions for submission:
If sending in tissue samples, please use this form: DNAsampl-1
For more information or questions, contact:
Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory
University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine
321 Connaway Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Once your dog has a CHIC number…
You can post a photo of it on its OFA record. The fee for this service is $10. All of the revenues collected (100%) are allocated to the CHIC DNA Repository and used to underwrite DNA extraction and storage fees for dogs with significant inherited diseases. What a great way to proudly display your dog, its health screening results, and support canine health research in the process! Plus as a breeder or stud dog owner, this is a great way to demonstrate that you really care about the health of the breed!
You can donate online for health research for the Berger Picard: