HEALTH CARE INFORMATION – Breed Average Hip Scores
The latest breed average hip scores are published by the kennel club here.
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 might be acceptable for one breed, but unacceptable for another.
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