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Thyroid Profile

  • All dogs must be at least two years old when tested and cannot be on thyroid medication within three months of the test.
  • The thyroid test must include a complete thyroid profile which includes autoantibody testing:
    • Total Thyroxine (TT4) - Total Triiodothyronine (TT3)
    • Free (Unbound) T4 (FT4) - Free (Unbound) T3 (FT3)
    • T4 Autoantibody – T3 Autoantibody
  • Currently, there are only a few labs in the US that conduct the autoantibody testing. Only reports from these labs will be accepted.
    • Animal Health Diagnostic Lab, Veterinary Endocrinology Section, Michigan State University, PO Box 30076, Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 353-0621
    • Hemopet, for Professional Animal Lab, 17672 A Cowan Avenue, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 252-8455
    • Currently the Animal Health Diagnostic Lab also reports the Thyroglobulin Autoantibody (TgAA). This test became available in June 1998. An elevation in TgAA may indicate a predilection towards autoimmune thyroiditis and can be an earlier detection of the disease. If reported, TgAA will also be included in the registry. It will be listed as Normal or Elevated. However, an elevation in TgAA does not necessarily result in autoimmune thyroiditis. Rechecks are important on these dogs.
    • The laboratory report must contain: date of test, registration number of the dog (instead of name), the name of the owner(s), and the veterinarian's name, address and phone number. So the Registrar can identify the dog, the owner must add the dog's registered name to the lab report, or attach a copy of the dog's registration certificate to the lab report. The veterinarian's signature must be on the lab report with a statement that the dog was not on thyroid treatment within three months prior to the time of the blood test.
    • The original laboratory report must be sent. No photocopies will be accepted.
    • Annual testing is recommended, especially during the two to six year age period, but is not required. See introduction above re: listing – current vs. not current.


For nominating your bitches use the following checklist.
  Futurity Checklist As the breeder, are your dues paid so you remain a member in good standing?
  Futurity Checklist
Are sire and dam over 2 years old?
  Futurity Checklist
Do both sire and dam have OFA/PennHips/other countries certification numbers?
  Futurity Checklist
Have both sire and dam had their eyes examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist after age 2 and within the 12 months before the breeding? Don’t miss out because you have old eye exams and don’t get new ones done until after the breeding.
  Futurity Checklist
Send in the paperwork to nominate the bitch before the litter is whelped.
  Futurity Checklist
Then remember to enroll your puppies by the deadlines.

Debbie Knight
January Futurity Chair
P.O. Box 431
Marlborough, NH 03455
PDF fileFuturity Form