Re: Hip tests, etc.
OFA will not give a hip rating until the dog is 2, but you can have preliminary xrays done around a year. There is a test called PennHip which is also an xray and it determines probablity of hip problems based on a measurement called the distraction index.
Elbows can also have dysplasia and should be xrayed also.
There is no foolproof way of insurign your pup has no problems with hips or elbows but the best way to increase the cahnaces of good health is to buy from a breeder that has studied the pedigrees and health of the blood line. You also want to check with the breeder to make sure both parents have good xrays and hopefully the hips and elbows are clear for several generations. If the breeder can not show you this, keep looking.
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