Hip dysplasia is all too common with large breed dogs now days. It is especially prevalent because of those unscrupulous dog breeders who breed dogs just to make money. Generally, they have not done any research or testing on the dogs they are breeding in order to make sure they won’t pass on any defects. Well, if you want to buy a quality dog, here is what you do to make sure your new dog will be unlikely to have hip dysplasia problems in the future – Check out the OFA.
Who is OFA and what do they do? The OFA, which stands for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is a non-profit organization dedicated “to the advancement of canine health”. One of the primary directives of the OFA is “To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.” Basically, for a small fee, they test dogs for various genetic problems, including hip dysplasia. A good breeder will have both parents tested for hip dysplasia and will be certified by the OFA. And a good breeder will be glad to show you the certification before you buy their puppies. Feel free to check out the OFA website for more information.