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And a little more on the DCM issue...no dog can be cleared by a genetic test at this point. Yes, they have a couple of tests out there, but they are not particularly good at predicting whether a dog will develop DCM. "Clear" dogs can get DCM; dogs who actually have the genes tested for may not.
At this point, the tests are basically an aid as researchers try to figure out what is going on---DCM appears to be genetic and inherited, but in a very complicated way with multiple factors involved.
Also, when you are researching health or temperament, make sure you look at the records for aunts and uncles, grandparents, siblings or part sibs from previous breedings, etc., not just at information about the parents.
Good luck in your search.