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Question: When you get your dog Cerf and BAER tested, and all the rest, does it cost money to post them on the OFA sites?
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Yes. Each test is different, but it lists it on the bottom of the OFA application (that the tester needs to use). The fee is a little different for some of the tests, but it isn't much. And the fee does change so make sure you use a new form each time and send it in. I think one of my results hasn't posted because I held onto the test results for too long and the fee changed several months ago.

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As of today, the hip (only) database fee is $30, the elbow (only) database is $25, hips & elbows together are $35. The patellar luxation (knees) database fee is $15.

You need to get the BAER (hearing) and CERF (eyes) from the examiner, but I believe those fees were close to $15 also.
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Hmm, that isn't very expensive at all.
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No, you're right. The submission fees for the database aren't bad at all. The cost is pretty high when you have multiple dogs, and pay for the testing, and then add all the submission fees. The good thing is that you can often find inexpensive clinics at local dog shows for the BAER & CERF tests. For the patellas, my vet does it. For the hips, I have to travel a couple hours away to get it done.
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Is it a one time fee, or an annual fee?
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It is a one-time fee for each test submitted. However, the CERF test should be done annually, so you have to submit the fee each time you submit the test results.
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If I am not showing or breeding my dogs, do I have to post the results of their tests? Or can I just keep the results for my records and piece of mind that my dogs helath is OK?
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Does your breeder have any requirements about the testing in your contract?

There are two benefits to posting the results - to fullfill any requirements of your contract, and to help others who research health pedigrees. If there are five puppies in a litter and none of them ever post the reports, no one knows if the whole litter had eye problems... or maybe none did. Posting the results does help others.

Does that make sense?
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Kimberly is right. Check your contract.

Our dog (which we should get in March) has to have a CERF annually starting at its first birthday per our contract.

I agree it is a good thing. It allows you to check up on bloodlines. I was able to go in and check out other dogs that I knew came from the breeder besides the parents.
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There was nothing specific in the contract, but I see your point about posting. Good idea. Thanks
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