In blue - That is incorrect.
If you go to the subforum in the health section for Hips you'll note that a good many dogs diagnosed with HD are working lines. I personally know people who own working line dogs where I trained that have had their dogs xrayed and diagnosed having HD.
Additionally even if the dog (wl or sl) have parents going back 5 generations with passing hips, you still may get a pup with bad hips.
It's about stacking the odds in your favor by going with the best breeder you can, watching out for the environmental and exercise concerns when they are young puppies, proper diet and......keeping your fingers crossed that the genetic cards are in your favor.
Here's a link that explains what breeders are starting to do to track and reduce HD. Note- I do not
know this breeder, I'm posting the link on ZW scores for informational purposes only. Good luck with your puppy search!
Home of West Coast German Shepherd Dogs - About Us
Originally Posted by Montu
I really like how responsive James @ truehas has been and I like the idea of a working line GSD having better hips (correct me if I'm wrong)
As far as Covy-tuckerhill, they have been responsive enough and have pups available now ..my only reservation is the hips in show line dogs
My questions are:
If all I want is a healthy pet..which breeder should I choose?
If this dog won't compete in anything (other than maybe for fun later) is getting a working line a bad idea?