How Do I Get Started?
The first step in registering your Mi-Ki with AMRA is to print out the Single Registration Application located on the "Registration" page. Fill it out completely and send it, photos (of applicant Mi-Ki), and copies of other required information, along with payment, to the mailing address listed on the application. Once we receive your application and the DNA Profile by the approved AMRA laboratory, we will verify all information submitted and the Certificate of Registration will be issued.
Please Note: The information required on the application (ie. height, weight, etc.) is for the applicant Mi-Ki only. We encourage all breeders to submit as much information as possible on previous generations; however, a basic 3 to 5 generation pedigree is all that is initially required.
Must all puppies in a litter be DNA'd?
The answer is, Yes. DNA is a technological luxury we cannot afford to overlook. Particularly because the Mi-Ki is a rare breed, we must do everything possible to protect and secure its purity. It is crucial to develop a proven reliable registry with consistently accurate information, as more and more people are claiming to have "original Mi-Ki". We have all heard of breeders who have "cheated" the system when it comes to registering puppies. AMRA feels that by submitting a DNA profile on each puppy in the litter, it will help to keep the integrity of the registry in tact by combating some of the more typical ways of "cheating the sytem". All DNA profiles will be open to all qualified AMRA breeders through our online AMRA pedigree database. By using the AMRA approved laboratory, parentage will be easily verified; thus ensuring an accurate registry and database for the Mi-Ki breed.
What if my Mi-Ki was DNA-profiled by a Laboratory Other than the AMRA approved laboratory?
If your Mi-Ki was DNA profiled by a laboratory other than the one currently being used by AMRA, the DNA profile must be repeated by the AMRA approved lab for; "FULL REGISTRATION – BREEDING” status with AMRA. AMRA will process applications in which the applicant Mi-Ki was tested with either VetGen or UKC laboratories before 01-01-09, unless your DNA was done by VETGEN prior to the summer of 2007 when they switched their testing process from letters to numbers. AMRA will issue the applicant Mi-Ki a Certificate of Registration based on the prior done DNA, but in order to register any puppies out of that Mi-Ki, the DNA will have to be redone through the AMRA approved laboratory. The goal of AMRA is to ensure parentage and protect the accuracy of the database. Since genetic laboratories use different protocols to report DNA information, the DNA profiles from different laboratories cannot be used to verify parentage.
How Do I Get This Banner on My Web Site?
Once you have registered your Mi-Ki with AMRA, you will receive a code to paste into your web site which will post the below ribbon to show that you are a Certified Purebred Mi-Ki Breeder.
What is the purpose of OFA & CERF?
As with most toy breeds, patellas can sometimes become an issue. We encourage all breeders to do regular patella certifications from a licensed veterinarian on all of their breeding stock. What you will do is take your Mi-Ki to your veterinarian and ask him to fill out and sign the OFA application. He will survey the condition of your Mi-Ki's patellas, and grade them according to the OFA grading scale. Once you have this signed form, you are able to submit it to the OFA if you choose. Before you do submit the form; however, we ask that you make a copy and send it in with your registration application. This information will be used to collect statistical information pertinent to the Mi-Ki breed. You may opt to keep your results private, or you may share the information with other researching associate breeders. The American Mi-Ki Registry Association encourages all breeders to have this check done on all breeding stock starting at one year of age and continuing yearly over the coarse of the dog's breeding life. You can read more about patella issues and the certification process by visiting the OFA web site at: www.offa.org
Breeders are also encouraged to CERF their breeding stock, which will inform them of any possible eye disorders. CERF must be performed by a licensed animal opthomologist. Most common eye disorders include: distichiasis and entropion. Distichiasis is a congenital, abnormal, accessory row of eyelashes and entropion is the inversion or turning inward of the border of the eyelid against the eyeball. These are not life-threatening in any way, but could add to the already slightly watery eye of the Mi-Ki. The American Mi-Ki Registry Association will use all submitted test results to generate statistical information pertinent to the Mi-Ki breed. You may opt to keep your results private, or you may share the information with other researching associate breeders. AMRA encourages all breeders to have a CERF test performed on all breeding stock starting at one year of age and continuing yearly over the coarse of the dog's breeding life. To find out more about CERF, visit their web site at: www.vmdb.org/cerf.html
To receive registration with AMRA, it is not necessary to have your Mi-Ki OFA and/or CERF tested; however, it is recommended.
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