A brief overview as to why we Hip Score German Shepherd Dogs before we breed.
Dog hip dysplasia is a common skeletal developmental problem generally found in larger
dogs and, in particular, in working and sporting dog breeds. Dog hip dysplasia
occurs because the upper ball portion of the dog's hind legs doesn't fit properly
into the hip socket, causing instability within the ball-and-socketjoint, which in
turn eventually causes the hip bone to tear apart thus being called dog hip dysplasia.
At this point in time, no one knows exactly what causes dog hip dysplasia, but most
vetsnow agree that dog hip dysplasia is probablyan inherited condition. They also
agree thatthe dog hip dysplasia probably isn't influencedby a dog's diet, although
dog hip dysplasiais aggravated by excessive weight and obesityproblems. They suspect
that the animal's overall weight and/or very rapidgrowth during puppy hood may be
contributing factors for dog hip dysplasia.
While dog hip dysplasia have no apparent symptoms, others, however, have varying
degrees of lameness and arthritic pain. In the most severe cases, dog hip dysplasia
can cause joint deterioration, limiting the dog's mobility. As the condition evolves,
dog hip dysplasia becomes quite painful and may be more pronounced on cold, damp
days. Typical symptoms of dog hip dysplasia include: lameness, especially after prolonged
exercise, a waddling or swaying gait, difficulty in rising or climbing stairs, reluctance
to move, changes in temperament, pain when hips move, poorly developed musculature
in the hind quarters and the weight-carrying legs
THE BVA SCHEME
The German (SV) scheme
is graded by a 'A Stamp' A Stamp normal A stamp Fast normal NZ Noch Zugelassen
At Qualcroft we also participate in the BVA Elbow Dysplasia Scoring Scheme
The current BVA/KC scoring scheme for hip dysplasia (HD) has been in operation since
1984 and since then over 100,000 X-rays have been assessed.
Dysplasia means abnormal development, and the degree of hip dysplasia present is
indicated by a score assigned to each hip.
The hip score is the sum of the points awarded for each of nine aspects of the X-rays
of both hip joints.
The minimum hip score is 0 and the maximum is 106 (53 for each hip).
The minimum age for hip scoring is one year, and each dog is only ever scored once
under the scheme.