Re: Hips and Hip "guarantees"
Well they say it is polygenic. So it does not necessarily follow from the parents, but it is almost hit and miss. So it may skip a generation or two.
Others say that 25% of puppies end up with it. I don't know. So far I have lucked out with the five bitches I have out of Arwen and Dubya.
Hip dysplasia is really throughout the breed. Is it worse in the American showlines where people have bred for extreme slopes or where pups are inbred closely? Is it worse in the BYB lines where dogs that have not been screened are bred indiscriminately and possibly closely inbred? It is worse in the working lines where the straighter backs, etc. Is it less likely in imported dogs that have been a-stamped all the way back? Is it less likely out of parents that have good or excellent hips?
I guess there are as many theories as there are breeders.
I think that some dogs are born with a propensity toward poor hips, but the risk of having certifiably bad hips can be reduced by keeping the animal at the ideal weight, not overdoing calcium, not requiring the puppy to excersize with high impact or harsh repetition, but to allow puppies to be puppies and exersize as much as they will.
I also think that as much as is possible, we should not breed dogs that have hip dysplasia, or those that produce bad hips.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.