Hip & Elbow Scheme

Hip dysplasia (HD) and Osteochondrosis (OCD) have long been a problem with many breeds, particularly large breeds such as German Shepherds. There has been a big move over the last 40 plus years by breeders and some very prominent vets to introduce a scheme to learn more about how these structural problems develop.

The International system called OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) has been set up to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. In Australia we have a similar system which the Australian National Kennel Club have compulsory x-ray and scoring done on many breeds prior to the individuals being used for breeding.

Australian Shepherds are one of the breeds that are required to have this scoring done. From approx 12-18 months breeding dogs can be x-rayed and have their Hip and Elbows scored under the official system.

Breeders then receive a certificate with the results as shown.

hip and elbow sceme