Thyroid Evaluation

The Thyroid Evaluation for dogs, according to the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) standard, is an important assessment designed to detect thyroid dysfunctions such as hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroiditis. This evaluation involves a blood test to measure thyroid hormone levels and identify any imbalances or antibodies that could indicate thyroid disease. The goal is to catch these issues early, as thyroid dysfunction can affect a dog’s metabolism, energy levels, and overall health.

Thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroiditis, are relatively common in certain dog breeds and can significantly impact a dog’s quality of life. By following the OFA’s standards for thyroid evaluations, breeders can identify dogs with healthy thyroid function and reduce the likelihood of passing on thyroid issues to future generations. The results of these evaluations are recorded in the OFA database, providing a valuable resource for breeders, owners, and veterinarians to make informed decisions about breeding and health care.

The OFA recommends thyroid evaluations for the following breeds:

  1. Akita
  2. American Bulldog
  3. American Eskimo Dog
  4. American Pit Bull Terrier
  5. Australian Cattle Dog
  6. Australian Shepherd
  7. Beagle
  8. Belgian Malinois
  9. Belgian Sheepdog
  10. Belgian Tervuren
  11. Bernese Mountain Dog
  12. Bichon Frise
  13. Bloodhound
  14. Border Collie
  15. Borzoi
  16. Boxer
  17. Briard
  18. Brittany
  19. Bullmastiff
  20. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  21. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  22. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  23. Chinook
  24. Chow Chow
  25. Collie
  26. Curly-Coated Retriever
  27. Dalmatian
  28. Doberman Pinscher
  29. Dogue de Bordeaux
  30. English Bulldog
  31. English Setter
  32. English Springer Spaniel
  33. Finnish Spitz
  34. Flat-Coated Retriever
  35. French Bulldog
  36. German Shepherd Dog
  37. Giant Schnauzer
  38. Golden Retriever
  39. Gordon Setter
  40. Great Dane
  41. Havanese
  42. Irish Setter
  43. Irish Water Spaniel
  44. Keeshond
  45. Kerry Blue Terrier
  46. Kuvasz
  47. Labrador Retriever
  48. Leonberger
  49. Lhasa Apso
  50. Maltese
  51. Mastiff
  52. Miniature American Shepherd
  53. Neapolitan Mastiff
  54. Newfoundland
  55. Norfolk Terrier
  56. Norwegian Elkhound
  57. Norwich Terrier
  58. Old English Sheepdog
  59. Papillon
  60. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  61. Poodle (Miniature and Standard)
  62. Portuguese Water Dog
  63. Pug
  64. Rottweiler
  65. Samoyed
  66. Schipperke
  67. Scottish Deerhound
  68. Shetland Sheepdog
  69. Shih Tzu
  70. Siberian Husky
  71. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  72. Spanish Water Dog
  73. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  74. Standard Schnauzer
  75. Tibetan Mastiff
  76. Tibetan Terrier
  77. Vizsla
  78. Weimaraner
  79. Welsh Springer Spaniel
  80. West Highland White Terrier
  81. Whippet

DOGG!T provides support in vetting all breeders in our network and our Matchmaker services will provide you with all of the insights on any external breeder you are looking at, and provide you with a ‘scorecard’ with all the reasons why we approve or disapprove of their breeding practices.  Our goal is to prevent the irresponsible breeding of dogs.  We are dedicated to the wellbeing of dogs, and committed to creating the first ever health regulated breeder resource.  We are a team built up of the country’s leading experts on dog breeding, health requirements, and dog behavioral psychology. Backed by science and generations of responsibly breeding healthy dogs.  We are people who advocate for the health and wellbeing of dogs.  Our mission is to prevent dogs who end up in shelters, decrease health issues in all breeds, and prioritize the importance of responsible dog breeding. Our mission is to prevent any and all irresponsibly bred dogs from having a life of potential health and temperament problems.  We are dedicated to the wellbeing of dogs, and have created the first of it’s kind health verified breeder resource.