America's irish Setter Club requires its breeders to subscribe to the highest breeding standards in the pursuit of the most healthy breedings of Irish setters in the world. AISC requires breeders to utilze the Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC. CHIC is a centralized canine health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds by establishing a recommended protocol for breed specific health screening and recognizing dogs tested in accordance with that protocol
CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank that collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.
AISC requires all breeders to complete the following tests on all sires and dams prior to breeding and record the results through CHIC. Test results may be recorded by the owner of the sire or dam.
The following tests and required provider of tests are as follows:
- OFA Evaluation
- Evaluation from Hemopet
- DNA based test results from an approved lab
- or Irish Setter Genetic Registry (ISGR)
- Microship Requirement
All dogs must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.