Shiba Inu Health Database Project Disbanded

“In December, the Data Base Committee was disbanded until more feasible opportunities are available. Based on the dissolution of the committee, the funds solicited for the project will be returned to the donors.  Additional data
tracking for health related issues will continue to be collected and can be submitted at the following websites:

http://www.shibas.org/newstand/how_long_shibas_live.html
http://www.offa.org/

Source: NSCA February Bulletin

Sad. I was really looking forward to the fruits of this project, as were many pet owners. Apparently not enough breeders wanted to contribute. Double sad.

Also, Ike, Farrah, Maluko and Koji are listed in this bulletin under new titles earned for their Rally success.

Shiba Inu Health Database Proposal Project

Here is the information that was desired to include in the database: This project design document and questionnaire seem extensive.

I hope this breed club can see past AKC’s attitude towards and refusal to take the steps needed to improve canine health by doing what is needed to keep our breed healthy. Condemning what happened at Crufts is not the direction to proceed. Judges often make bad decisions influenced by politics, as do breeders, and there needs to be accountability.

8 thoughts on “Shiba Inu Health Database Project Disbanded

  1. Uggh…makes me ill so few thought tracking and input was worth the cost, time, and effort. Sad to see missing a few donors on that list that should be participating. So I take it the annual fees are going for a glossy magazine and that’s about it.

    Yep, I have all but given up in terms seeing consistent health in the breed. I guess, as I have been told, I just have bad luck and need to change my view point…. and obviously add to my bank account to treat what is merely a figment of my imagination. grrrr…

    • I thought about that too, and I have to wonder if the few breeders in the US who so strongly and adamantly insist that cream be allowed, don’t have very healthy dogs, so it really hurts them when they get a cream that’s kind of ok and then they have to go and place it as a pet. They don’t want to reveal the flaws in their dogs.

      I did a forum post about this just now

  2. I remember seeing the health database flagged as a work “in progress” when I started looking into canine hypothyroidism in Shibas two summers ago. I thought it was promising. Yet I thought it was BS, even back then, that it was taking so long to get set up.

    There really should be no excuse for a breed club to *lack* any momentum in tracking health issues. This announcement makes me quite angry.

    More later, perhaps.

  3. The AKC could gain a lot of PR points for setting up a self-reported system like the Finnish kennel club has. Encouraging pet owners to list dogs with known pedigrees and their problems would go a long way towards removing the stigma associated with producing dogs that have health issues and possibly result in more honesty among breeders.

    • That’s a good idea. The Shibas in the US that would have some of the really terrible health issues would primarily be dogs from the Midwest, Missouri and Pennsylvania mills, and increasingly more of those don’t offer AKC papers, or registration period, so the pedigrees are useless. I would be happy if OFA would initiate mandatory reporting of tests. That would be a monumental step.

      • I would include dogs of pedigree unknown but definitely purebred simply for statistical purposes. And mixes as well, actually.

        I am really of mixed feeling on some of the tests that can be included in OFA. You can certainly register cardiac echo for Salukis, and that’s fine, but I think it gives the puppy buyer a false sense of security, because a dog with a clear echo at age three may be dead by age five. A line of ‘clear’ dogs could all suffer death before age ten of cardiac disease but the database would paint a very misleading picture. Date and cause of death stats for in a central database is a better solution.

  4. It would help if there was backing (AKC) to mandate test results of parents be placed in public repository before allowing registration of litters. I agree that data can be misleading though. For example, one time thyroid tested and cleared at 24 months is way different than say 6 yrs. Data over the life of a dog is most valuable. Another example, cardio clearance from a reg vet vs. a cardiologist may find varying results. In addition changes can vary dramatically with age of the dog, as mentioned above. In essence rechecks need to be made over time.

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