|12-12-2012 08:30 PM|
I think any thread will take some turns and we all learn from it...it's all good!
I agree with you Diane, what good is an excellent hip rated dog if you can't do anything with it due to temperament?
|12-12-2012 08:20 PM|
|SchutzenWoof||Sorry folks, I didn't intend to start Hip Debate 2012 with my thread. But! It is all very informative to me, so thanks!!!!!|
|12-12-2012 07:45 PM|
I would MUCH rather have a dog with fair/borderline hips and a GOOD temp than one with excellent hips and rotten temp
When I got Dodge some were rather mortified that I was getting a dog out of a "Fair" sire..well Fair IS passing, (mom was good)
Dodge ended up going Fair, but so what He had an excellent temperament, bomb proof dog which was what I wanted in the end..
I , like anyone else want good hips on my dogs (and dogs I get puppies out of), but passing is passing, not hung up on the rating here either
|12-12-2012 04:55 PM|
|cliffson1||Carmen, some of us have been trying to educate people on Dr. Schnelle's views for decades, but the new age experts have made hips more important than the dog. Thanks for the info!|
|12-12-2012 02:38 PM|
|GrammaD||PennHip would run me $600 while OFA will be $160 for both hips and elbows. My regular vet can do OFAs quite well but I'd have to go to a different clinic for PennHip. A friend of mine, she breeds, pays over $500 for her OFAs! She likes to go to a specific vet with a good reputation for his skills. But if I were her I'd switch to Pennhip since the costs are close to the same.|
|12-12-2012 12:34 PM|
|Liesje||Yeah, I mean x-rays cost me about $120 either way, but OFA is $40 and then $5 to get the films returned. I don't have to send in any paperwork and I get my x-rays back. SV a-stamps are another $130 or something like that, I do NOT get any x-rays back, and I have to send in all my dog's papers and be without them for 2-3 months. I don't think either rating system is really comparable to PenHIP, so I do OFA.|
|12-12-2012 11:56 AM|
I really don't know how good breeders do it.
|12-12-2012 11:18 AM|
|12-12-2012 10:27 AM|
I was going through some of the "antique" German Shepherd dog Reviews I am sending to Bethany and discovered an article in one of the late 70's issues , written by Gary Schnelle , who you may recognize as one of the early OFA orthopedic specialists who promoted the x-ray and evaluation scheme. Gary Schnelle actually "discovered" hip problems in the 1940's when x-ray technology became available http://www.belfield.com/pet_health_art5.php
He said many things among which is that hips are only one consideration . A dog with excellent hips and poor temperament is a worse choice then a dog with borderline hips and ideal temperament (paraphrased). He said that a dog with exellent hips being the only representative with this grade , the littermates, sire and dam being in the suspicious to frank dysplastic range is a worse choice (looks good on paper though!) than a dog with fair (which is not dysplastic but a rating of hips which will pass ofa cert) and suspicious (borderline) but with nothing beyond that in the "kin" . You have to look at pedigree depth , not the individual .
He also said there are more dogs euthanized for temperamental problems then need be for hips. The Reviews are interesting in a historical way because month by month you can see the issue of hips being tackled and x-raying being proposed as a useful tool in breeding selection.
|12-12-2012 09:27 AM|
|cliffson1||HELLO, these hip/elbow issues are important, but first you have to have an accurate understanding of the issue to determine what you will live with in making breeding decisions.|
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