ResearchBreeder.com's point calculation occurs at a variety of levels.
Here is a List of Factors
Required Breed Test Points
Each breed has a list of required tests. These tests are given the greatest weight in determining scores for the dog, litter, and breed. The breeder receives a certain number of points for having done the test done. Bonus points are awarded based on the results of the test by an approved laboratory authorized to issue a clearance number.
Required Breed Test Results
Any test has a limited number of result possibilities. For example, if the result possibilities are "Excellent", "Good", "Average", "Fair" and "Poor", the points awarded are as follows;
Excellent = 5, Good = 4, Average = 3, Fair = 2, Poor =1, No result provided = -1.
Regardless of whether the test was done, the breeder, dog, and breed get "Bonus" points for supplying the test results. This also encourages breeders to strive for high quality breedings.
Optional Breed Tests
In addition to required breed tests there are "Optional" tests which are recommended but not required for the breed and CHIC certification. In addition, if the breed has health related databases the breeder is awarded points under this section for each dog or bitch from for information submitted. These tests are "Scored" in a similar manner as required tests.
Ethics points are awarded in two ways.
Ethics Awards Points. EAPs
EAPs are a result of going the extra mile to achieve health breeds for the future. There are several things a breeder can do to receive EAPs.
1) Require dog purchasers to perform required health tests as a part of the purchase contract. In reality, you can't make a purchaser ultimately to do the tests but at least you tried and buyers know what is expected.
2) Agree in the purchase contract to allow the purchaser to return any dog that fails a required test if the test is completed according to the terms of the contract. Purchasers will be so relieved to know how important it is to the breeder is confident in their breeding practices and genuinely care about the purchasers.
3) Include a "First Right of Refusal" in all contracts requiring if for any reason the purchaser of the dog decides the dog is no longer wanted, the breeder must notified and be offered the ownership back to you the breeder.
4) Require purchasers of show stock dogs to agree to not breed dogs without required breed tests being completed and results filed prior to breeding.
5) Filing the "Ethical Breeders Oath" with ResearchBreeder.com.
6) Allowing prospective purchasers or a designated person to visit your kennel.
7) Have a page titled, "Ethical Breeder Policies" on the breeder's website including the list on this page.
8) Keep complete and accurate records for each puppy produced, immunizations given using the ResearchBreeders.com free database.
9) Keep a record including the contact information of the purchasers of all puppies sold by my kennel using the free ResearchBreeders.com database.
10) Micro-chip all puppies prior to placement in buyer's home.
Ethics Infraction Points EIPs
EIPS are the opposite of EAPs. EIPs are negative points for the breeder resulting from poor ethics practices.
1) 1st Time Breeding a dog you own or share ownership with to a dog which did not have all required health tests for the breed, receiving a passing grade for the tests and having the results of the tested recorded.
2) 2nd Time Breeding a dog you own or share ownership with to a dog which did not have all required health tests for the breed, receiving a passing grade for the tests and having the results of the tested recorded.
3) 3rd Time Breeding a male dog in your kennel or providing semen from a dog in your kennel to be used to impregnate a bitch that has already been bred three times in the bitches lifetime.
4) Breeding a bitch from your kennel or not preventing a bitch from your kennel to be bred more than three times in the bitch's lifetime.
ResearchBreeder.com has the ability to compare various aspects of one breed to another. Because each breed has different "Required" and "Optional" tests, RBC's software applies a comparison algorithm in the comparison process to enable the ability to compare breeds fairly.