Canine Health Information Center “CHIC”

Canine Health Information Center “CHIC”

by Gayle Kaye
CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Working with parent clubs, CHIC provides an important resource for breeders and owners of participating purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.

CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank (co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF) that collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information in order to facilitate future research and testing, aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.

The Collie Club of America is a participating member of CHIC and currently two tests are needed in order to obtain CHIC numbers and be listed in the CHIC database. For Collies the two tests are:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test

Optigen rcd2-PRA results registered with the OFA. First Generation Offspring of tested dogs eligible for Clear By Parentage. Visit the Optigen website for information on the test:

Multiple Drug Sensitivity

Washington State University Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Lab test results registered with the OFA -WSU VCPL. First Generation Offspring of tested dogs eligible for Clear By Parentage. Visit the Washington State University website for more information on the test:

Visit the official Collie Club of America website:
For more information on the Canine Health Information Center please go to:


Collie Health Foundation

The Collie Health Foundation’s mission is to fund research medical projects that will benefit the future health of the Collie, and to educate the public and Collie breeders about health issues.

Collie Health Foundation Name

On December 17, 2002 the organization changed it’s name from the Collie Club of America Foundation to the Collie Health Foundation in order to give the Foundation a unique identity separate from the Collie Club of America and more clearly represent our mission.

Collie Health Foundation Logo

Our new logo was generously donated by Diana Hiesilieu. There is a story behind this new logo, a story about a Collie we bred and had the extreme privilege of knowing – A Collie by the name of Noah…Read More!