In accordance with our Code of Ethics, the EMDAA will only be listing breeders which use breeding stock that have a CHIC number with passing results. In order to qualify for a CHIC number a dog must have the required tests for our breed (HIPS and ELBOWS) with public results, as well as be permanently identified (microchip, tattoo, etc). The great thing about using CHIC is that if a dog is tested via OFA the CHIC process is automatic. There are many breeders who prefer the PennHIP or OVC exam, and until now, there has been no 'searchable' database for this information. BUT NOW, for a small fee, any dog owner can send in their dog's PennHIP or OVC report and, after getting an OFA elbow xray evaluation be assigned a CHIC number. The EMDAA also highly recommends having breeding stock tested for Dialated Cardio Myopathy and Patellar Luxation (optional tests, not required for a CHIC number).
NOTE: Having a CHIC number does not mean a dog has PASSED these tests, it just means it has had the required tests, and that those test results are viewable online. (People that check the box to 'hide' failed results will not be eligible for a CHIC number.)
Clicking THIS LINK will take you to a listing of all Estrela Mountain Dogs with CHIC numbers.
ALWAYS ALWAYS ask your breeder what tests the parents of your prospective puppy has had, and if it's not searchable on OFA or CHIC, then ask to see copies of results! Passing and public failed OFA results will ALWAYS be searchable online!
The EMDAA club strives to preserve and protect the Estrela Mountain Dog. Ask breeders if they agree and are in compliance with our Code of Ethics.
Ask your breeder the pros and cons of the Estrela Mountain Dog before you buy. If they don’t know, or tell you "they are wonderful, everyone loves them, they're the perfect dog" then it's time to find a new honest breeder!!
It's important to remember that the Estrela is a GUARDIAN. It is not the right dog for everyone. Please read the FAQ section on this site for more info.
Be sure to check out our Buyers Guide!
Currently, the only fee is to register PennHIP or OVC results since this must be done manually. To include these in CHIC, the fee is $25. Send the fee, along with a copy of the test results, and a note asking that the data be included in CHIC to:
Canine Health Information Center
2300 E Nifong Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
Regardless of breed, each dog must be permanently identified in order to have test results included in CHIC. Permanent identification may be in the form of microchip or tattoo.
CHIC operates an informed consent database. All information regarding test results remains confidential unless the owner specifically authorizes release of the information into the public domain. Owners are encouraged to release all test results realizing it is in the ultimate health interests of the breed and the information greatly increases the depth and breadth of any resulting pedigree analysis. For those not quite ready to accept open sharing of information, there is still value in submitting their results. All test information entered into the database is available in aggregate for research and statistical reporting purposes, but does not disclose identification of individual dogs. This results in improved information on the prevalence of the disease, as well as information regarding progress in reducing the incidence of the disease.