Frequent question: Do Puppies Get Hip scored?

Puppies can be registered from parents with appalling hip scores, and from parents that have not been scored at all. It is up to the buyer to ensure that the puppy they intend to buy comes from parents with good hip scores.

Can puppies be hip scored?

The results for the two hips are added together to give the final score. The hip score can be any number from 0-106. Lower is better. Dogs should only be bred from if their hip score is well below the breed average.


Breed Canaan Dog
Average Hip Score 15
Breed Otterhound
Average Hip Score 43

How do I get my puppy to hip score?

Owners should make an appointment with their vet who can take the required x-ray of the dog’s hips. The x-ray will be taken under anaesthesia or heavy sedation. Your dog’s results can then be sent to the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme for grading.

What is a good hip score for a dog?

The score for each hip gives an indication of how severe the dysplasia is (so, for example, a hip scoring 0-3 is usually considered normal and healthy).

How many litters should a dog have?

A best practice is 4-6 litters per dog

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Most reputable breeders will cap even their fittest, best mothers at around 4-6 litters so that she can be spayed while she is still young and at her healthiest.

How much does OFA hip testing cost?

OFA Fee Schedule

Test Type Age Fee
Hips + Elbows together > 24 mo $40
Hip Prelims 4- < 24 mo $30
Elbow Prelims 4- < 24 mo $30
Hip + Elbow Prelims together 4-24 mo $35

What should I look for when buying a Labrador puppy?

If you are buying a puppy make sure that both parents are hip and elbow scored, best score for hips is 0:0, best for elbows is 0 on each elbow, also make sure that THOSE dogs are from several generations of low-scoring parents, a good breeder should be tripping over themselves to show you their health test results.

What is a good hip score for German shepherd?

The average hip score in GSDs is 18; anything higher is considered poor and the dog shouldn’t be bred from. Each elbow is X-rayed and scored between zero and three; zero being excellent and three indicating the most severe problems. Only dogs with a zero score should be bred from.