The results are in! We proudly health test all of our protection dogs for sale to ensure we are exceeding the industry standard and providing our buyers with a dog that is not only well-trained and capable but also healthy and physically sound.
The following are the health testing results for protection dog in-training, Zion, a gorgeous sable male German Shepherd Dog. Proof of results and copies of X-rays are provided to buyers along with our sales contract.
Before reading these results, we welcome you to preview our preceding article, “Health testing for our protection dogs,” which explains what health testing we do and why.
Zion's Embark DNA testing
Breed: 100.0% German Shepherd Dog
Wolfiness: 0.6% (Low)
Coat: Em/Em NN BB DD ky/ky aw/a GG *stock coat sable carries for black
Health Report: “Zion is not at increased risk for the genetic health conditions that Embark tests. Zion did not have the variants that we tested for, that are relevant to his breed.”
Breed-relevant conditions: 10 out of 11 variants detected*
*Zion inherited one copy of Scott Syndrome, which does not affect his health and would only be important if he were bred as he would need to be bred to a non-carrier so the puppies would not be affected
Additional genetic conditions: 197 out of 197 variants not detected
COI: 29 percent
Zion's PennHIP results
Summary: Zion has excellent hips! He received a PennHIP rating of 0.29 with no radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis in either hip. His score places him in the top 10 percent of German Shepherds. Below is his official PennHIP report:
Zion's OFA results
Summary: Zion has healthy, normal elbows with no sign of dysplasia and no negative radiographic findings. Below is Zion’s Official OFA report:
Has Zion caught your eye?
Zion is a lovable dog with a fun personality. He’s playful and wants to be with his people. Click the link below if you’d like to learn more about our male, sable German Shepherd Zion!