Why Genetic Health Test..?

What is the OFFA ? The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.. This is an organization that helps promote the health & welfare of companion animals through a reduction of incidence of genetic disease. They have a collective database providing breeders a means to respond to the challenge of improving the genetic health of their breed through better breeding practices. Most of this testing such as Hips & Elbows cannot be certifiedprior to the dogs age of 24months. See the following link http://www.offa.org/results.html?page=2#results


The Redbone coonhound is presumably a healthy breed therefore, many breeders choose not to test. However, we have discovered that is not in the best interest of the breed. It is our goal to produce dogs that live long past 12 yrs. without health issues and therefore all of our dogs will be tested and certified through DNA testing for specific diseases as indicated below. We highly recommend that others do  the same. 


Redbone Coonhounds can be affected and/or carriers of the following inherited conditions:

* Dilated Cardiomyopathy (PDK4-DCM) (Terminal Heart Condition)~~ DNA

* Degenerative Myelopathy (SOD1 Exon2 DM)‚Äč (Life threatening Spine Condition)~~ DNA

Certifications can be obtained at any age, as the test is DNA.


*Hip Dysplasia~ (crippling joint disease) X-rays

*Elbow Dysplasia~ (crippling joint disease) X-rays

* Hypothyroidism~ (same as humans) Blood Test  

* Eye diseases such  as PRA,  & Entropion. ~ Specialist Eye doctor exam

 Certifications for clear/normal  cannot be obtained until the dog is over 24 mo of age. 


Redhawk Kennels feels giving a genetic health guarantee would not be wise if our breeding stock had not been tested for genetic health. We cannot assume that the dogs in our breeding program are healthy without this testing.