Hip Dysplasia is a polygenic hereditary disease affecting many breeds of dogs. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)
operates a scheme under which hip x-rays are taken and grading assessed. Acceptable hips for breeding are those assessed as
within the breed average (currently 8.36) as published by the AVA.
1. The Association encourages breeders to breed for better hips and elbows, and to breed dogs assessed as within the breed
average, or, not more than 50% above the breed average in one of the 2 animals joined. Animals used above the breed average
must have individual hip scores with a differential of not more than 3. eg One animal’s hip score less than the breed average,
other at the limit of the range (13) maximum scores acceptable 5-8.
2. Only litters in which both parents have been passed for breeding in accordance with the program will be accepted for
referral to the Association's puppy referral scheme or accepted for advertising in the Association newsletter.
3. Advertisements for a stud dogs will only be accepted for the Association newsletter and referral scheme where the dogs
have been passed under the program, and scores provided in the advertisements.
4. Passes under the program will be published only on the written approval of the dog owner, all passes will be recorded
and a list of passes will be available to breeders. The score can only be obtained from the owner of the dog/bitch.
5. The specific scoring information will be held by the Secretary in confidence unless the owner gives approval for their disclosure.