HEALTH CARE INFORMATION – Breed Average Hip Scores

Introduction
These are the average breed hip scores, as of 1 January 2003, as published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Dogs are x-rayed here at Vetrica. The x-ray picture is sent by us to the BVA, where a panel of experts examine the picture, take various measurements, and arrive at a score for each hip. The results for the two hips are added together to give the final score. The hip score can be any number from 0-106. Lower is better. Dogs should only be bred from if their hip score is well below the breed average. So, for example, a score of 20 would be acceptable for a Clumber Spaniel, but unacceptable for a German Shepherd Dog.

A breed average is only published if at least 10 dogs have had their hips scored, so if your dog’s breed doesn’t appear, it does not mean that a hip score is not necessary

Breed Average Hip Score Breed Average Hip Score
Affenpinscher 15 Irish Red & White Setter 10
Afghan Hound 9 Irish Setter 16
Airedale Terrier 17 Irish Water Spaniel 18
Alaskan Malamute 13 Irish Wolfhound 6
American Bulldog 23 Italian Spinone 15
Anatolian Shepherd Dog 11 Japanese Akita 11
Australian Cattle Dog 11 Japanese Shiba Inu 10
Australian Shepherd 10 Keeshond 12
Basenji 7 Kerry Blue Terrier 15
Basset Griffon Vendeen P.T. 22 Komondor 16
Beagle 18 (Groenendael) 12
Bearded Collie 11 Labrador Retriever 16
Beauceron 20 (Laekenois) 9
Belgian Shepherd Dog 11 Large Munsterlander 14
Bernese Mountain Dog 16 (Malinois) 10
Bichon Frise 10 Leonberger 12
Bloodhound 21 (Tervueren) 10
Collie/Working Sheepdog 14 Maremma Sheepdog 14
Bouvier des Flandres 17 (BSD – Unspecified) 12
Boxer 16 Mastiff 18
Bracco Italiano 19 Miniature Poodle 16
Briard 20 Miniature Schnauzer 13
Brittany 18 Neapolitan Mastiff 25
Bull Terrier 7 Norwegian Buhund 15
Bulldog 41 Nova Sco’ Duck Tolling Retriever 13
Polish Lowland Sheepdog 17 Newfoundland 28
Bullmastiff 28 Old English Sheepdog 20
Canaan Dog 15 Otterhound 43
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 16 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 22
Chesapeake Bay Retriever 12 Portuguese Water Dog 18
Chow Chow 14 Pyrenean Sheepdog 16
Clumber Spaniel 42 Pointer 11
Cocker Spaniel 15 Pug 23
Curly-Coated Retriever 11 Pyrenean Mountain Dog 13
Dalmatian 10 Rhodesian Ridgeback 12
Dobermann 10 Rottweiler 13
Elkhound 13 Rough Collie 13
English Setter 19 Saluki 5
English Springer Spaniel 13 Samoyed 13
Eskimo Dog (Greenland Dog) 20 Shar-Pei 18
Estrela Mountain Dog 30 Shetland Sheepdog 16
Field Spaniel 15 Siberian Husky 7
Finnish Lapphund 13 Smooth Collie 5
Flat-Coated Retriever 9 Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier 13
German Long-Haired Pointer 9 St Bernard 23
German Shepherd Dog 19 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 13
German Short-Haired Pointer 10 Standard Poodle 15
German Wire-Haired Pointer 11 Standard Schnauzer 23
Giant Schnauzer 14 Sussex Spaniel 37
Golden Retriever 19 Swedish Lapphund 20
Gordon Setter 24 Swedish Vallhund 13
Great Dane 13 Tibetan Mastiff 14
Hovawart 11 Tibetan Spaniel 12
Hungarian Kuvasz 24 Tibetan Terrier 15
HungarianPuli 17 Weimaraner 13
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla 14 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 25
Hungarian Vizsla 12 Welsh Springer Spaniel 19

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