Ten Steps to a Healthier Australian Shepherd Breed
|This program is for breeders, owners, supporters and lovers of the Australian Shepherd who want to join the effort to improve the genetic health of the Australian Shepherd, and who support the use of open health registries.
10-Steps was created by members of EpiGENES, an international discussion group formed in 2003 to candidly discuss the incidence of epilepsy in our breed and provide information for owners and breeders seeking a community of sharing. ASHGI launched the program at the 2004 ASCA National Specialty.
10-Steps is focused on improving the genetic health of the Australian Shepherd. It encourages accuracy and openness in sharing genetic information among breeders and owners. Support of 10-Steps discourages destructive and counterproductive secrecy and gossip, and facilitates the free flow of information vital to making informed breeding decisions. The steps encompass issues relevant to Aussie owners world-wide.
10-Steps was recognized at the 2007 AKC Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Conference where a display of the 10-Steps narrative won an honorable mention in the poster contest.
The 10-Steps statement can be supported by anyone who cares about the Australian Shepherd to express their dedication to breeding healthier dogs. The program's "Ask/Tell" logo identifies those who support the program.
Pam Douglas, founder of Toby's Foundation, has graciously offered to host the listing of every individual who lends support to this program on their website. The nominal fee is designed to support program cost and operations while making it financially accessible to everyone. 10-Steps program participants can be proud of making a significant difference in improving the health of our breed.
For information on how to show your support for 10-Steps, click HERE.
If you have questions or comments about 10-Steps, click HERE.