ABC Requirements for Health Screening for AKC Breeder of Merit Program

The American Boxer Club recommends these tests only apply to dogs in an active breeding program and each dog must be identified with a microchip.

Condition Tested Test Used Minimum Age Frequency Reported As
Hip Dysplasia Radiograph OFA
Penn Hip
2 years
1 year
Hypothyroidism Thyroid Panel Prior to Breeding Date Tested
AS / SAS Auscultation / Doppler 2 years Once Date Tested
Aortic Valve Disease Auscultation / Doppler None None Date Tested
Boxer Cardiomyopathy Holter Monitor 1 year Annually Date Tested
(ARVC Only) DNA None Once A/A, A/N, N/N
Degenerative Myelopathy DNA None Once A/A, A/N, N/N

The AKC Breeder of Merit Program honors breeder/exhibitors’ dedication and hard work as they continue to produce dogs that are healthy, capable, and beautiful.

The foundation of today’s AKC, Breeders of Merit have the power to influence, guide, and teach future breeders, exhibitors, and all purebred dog owners.

Program Requirements
An applicant must meet these requirements to be accepted into the Breeder of Merit Program.

Program Benefits
Program participants will enjoy many benefits, including these.

Program Application
Download a Breeder of Merit Program application here.

List of Participants
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