Breeding Quality Puppies
Our Certified puppies are puppies chosen from our best pedigrees. We hold the puppies until they are 4 months old. We then have their Genetic testing done, along with OFA preliminary on Hips, Elbows, Eyes, Heart, and Patella. At 5 months old and results are favorable these fantastic breeding prospect puppies are made available to you. You can pick one from the litter and we can certify or you can purchase one we have already chosen.
Buying a puppy for a breeding prospect is always risky. Sure there are breeders (we are one of them) that warranty hips or eyes as a puppy until they are 2 (we do 27 months), but when most have their dogs tested they are 18 months to 2 years old. Then all that time is wasted if they end up having sub-par hips. So here a Maple Mountain we know what we are breeding and are trying to take that risk out for you and save you possible heartache and time by doing the testing at the front end. This also encourages good breeding ethics on our future puppy families.
Certified Puppy Includes
1. 4-5 Month Old Male or Female puppy from an outstanding Pedigree. Puppy will be Champion Sired, unless specified.
2. Full Genetic Panel from Animal Genetics. Your puppy will be Prcd, PRA 1, PRA 2, MD, DM, ICT, NCL Clear.
3. OFA Preliminary Results with Excellent or Good Hips, Normal Elbows.
4. OFA Results and Certificates for Heart (practitioner as we don't have a canine cardiologist that does OFA in the state of Utah), Patella, and Eyes (ophthalmologist) with normal results.
5. Rabies Vaccines, 3 Rounds of DTaP Vaccines, & Microchip. You can opt for limited vaccines if desired for your puppy.
6. AKC Full Registration- Puppy will be named with our Kennel name. If purchased before testing is done you can give "call name". You will be given a Pedigree as well from AKC.
7. All records will be compiled in a nice medical folder complete with labels, Vaccine/Worming, Heat/Litter cycle, and other records for future use. All these will be compliant with AKC standards if kept up upon inspection.
Preliminary Evaluations for Animals Under 24 Months
Frequently, breeders want early knowledge of the hip status on puppies in a given litter. Preliminary hip evaluations may be as valuable to the owner or breeder as the final OFA evaluation. This allows early selection of dogs for use as show/performance/breeding prospects and dogs best suited for pet homes.
The OFA accepts preliminary consultation radiographs on puppies as young as 4 months of age for evaluation of hip conformation. If the dog is found to be dysplastic at an early age, the economic loss from the cost of training, handling, showing and so forth can be minimized and the emotional loss reduced. These preliminary radiographs are read by the OFA staff veterinary radiologist and are not sent to the outside consulting radiologists. The regular OFA hip grading scheme (excellent, good, fair, etc) is used to report preliminary cases.
A previous OFA veterinary journal publication* compared the reliability of the preliminary evaluation hip grade phenotype with the 2 year old evaluation in dogs and there was 100% reliability for a preliminary grade of excellent being normal at 2 years of age (excellent, good, or fair). There was 97.9% reliability for a preliminary grade of good being normal at 2 years of age, and 76.9% reliability for a preliminary grade of fair being normal at 2 years of age. Reliability of preliminary evaluations increased as age at the time of preliminary evaluation increased, regardless of whether dogs received a preliminary evaluation of normal hip conformation or HD. For normal hip conformations, the reliability was 89.6% at 3-6 months, 93.8% at 7-12 months, and 95.2% at 13-18 months. These results suggest that preliminary evaluations of hip joint status in dogs are generally reliable. However, dogs that receive a preliminary evaluation of fair or mild hip joint conformation should be reevaluated at an older age (24 months).