A new health survey is ready for your entries. AWPGA Health and Genetics has been working with Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), who has added this service to an ever-increasing number of canine health resources. OFA maintains the survey, compiles the data and makes it available on their website.
The last American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (AWPG) health survey was last done in 2002. Since that time, diagnosis, research, genetics and awareness of diseases have advanced, and an update of the survey is essential for evaluation of the current state of health in the AWPG. Information will be publicly available for use by breeders, owners, veterinarians, researchers, and anyone else wanting to learn more about the AWPG. The survey is completely confidential. As soon as data is submitted it will be included in the continuously updated set that is public. There is no way to separate out a single dog or owner from any other. One does not need to be a member of the AWPGA to submit a survey, but must own the AWPG for which the data is entered. In the case of joint ownership, be sure that the dog is only entered once.
Only the purebred AKC American Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (AWPG) is to be included in this survey and this includes the Korthal’s Griffon, which is the original name for the AWPG and still has that name in some countries. The dog does not need to be registered, but the owner must be certain this dog is not a mix breed. A mix breed of similar name: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon of America (WPGA), a cross with the Cesky Fousek, must not be used for this survey.
Please fill out a separate survey for each dog, living or deceased. Whenever possible please use a veterinarian diagnosis. Both healthy and diseased dogs should be included in this survey. If you would like to update information on a dog that has already been entered, this can be done by entering only new data, and none that has already been logged into the system.