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What are acceptiable PenHipp scores?
I have had a German Sheppard with Dysplasia and would really like to not have to go through that again. What are the other health test that are run. Are the they run just on the parents or on the puppies too.
Probably just on the breeding pups.
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Jennifer
 

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the acceptable scores...........you get a median average for your dog breed.

so if the median average say is .47 for a German Shepard and your dog's hips were the DI .47 left hip and DI .50 for right hip and then it says NO DJD meaning no hip dysplacia then
you'd be around the 50th percentile of good hips and no hip dysplasia

the higher the %# the better and the lower the DI the better
 

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Good answer, Ann Marie.
Jennifer, each breed is scored by the number of submissions and the test results. The more dogs tested, the more accurate the test.
In the case of Labradoodles, they have tested quite a few but Goldendoodles are fewer...so just keep in mind that the test is for the number of dogs submitted.
Still, I think that the PennHip is a good, accurate test (some people disagree with this). What you would get, with the test result, is a statement from PennHip showing the median score (middle range) and then showing you what percentage your dog or puppy is on that score.
If breeders are selecting for breeding purposes, the higher the percentage (but lower score...it is confusing) then the better the dog for breeding. For a pet, however, you would look for average scores or better...so, as Ann Marie said, look for DJD and then to the actual score. You would still want something median or better.
Keep in mind that most dogs will eventually get joint disease...and that often environmental factors cause hip problems...so any large breed dog should not be allowed to run/jog for long distances until 18 months of age, they should not be allowed to run up and down a lot of stairs, they should never play frisbee (where they jump in the air and land on their hind legs) and you should control their growth by watching their diet so that they don't grow too quickly.
 

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Hi Jennifer...good for you! See how much you learn just by asking the questions!
Yes, those are good scores...breedable scores. Not excellent (excellent is in the 30s or 20s, but 40s are very good. :D
 
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