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Old April 23rd, 2011, 09:59 AM
Mina Mina is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2011
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Originally Posted by FALLYN View Post
...when a breeder sends in x-rays to OFA they do not have to let the public view them, so to look up the breeding lines that you look for become a challenge. ... looking on the OFA datebase might not tell you alot.
I'm so sorry to hear about Brooklyn! As is apparent to you by now, your dealer is not one of the (very few) "good ones". We went through something similar with our very first pup, over 35 years ago. It still hurts to this day...

What is not generally known about OFA, is that it was not originally intended to be a public access resource. It was established as a tool and data base for the use of breeders, so that they could (hopefully) improve their lines.

Unfortunately, today OFA is being used as a selling tool, whereby less than scrupulous breeders will parade results as an ultimate guarantee. It's been said that, "if you throw enough sh-t against the wall, something is bound to stick". And even in the worst of litters/lines, there will be individuals who X-ray clear, and who will, unfortunately, be bred from.

We've met quite a few poor breeders over the years and, without asking, and almost without fail, OFA results are amongst the first things proudly whipped out for us to see. On the other hand, the very finest breeder we know, does not allow public viewing of her OFA results. Her dogs are clear, and she goes to exhaustive lengths in checking health. (She is so well-respected, that her litters, which are few and far between, are pre-sold years before they are even conceived.) On principle, because of all of the abuse of the system, she refuses to "post" her results. On the other hand, she is a breeding anomaly.

Hopefully, one day they will develop a DNA-based test for hip dysplasia which will eliminate the "need" for OFA stats; of course, this will not help with other causes (poor/inadequate nutrition, injury, over-exercise, being over-weight etc), but will certainly be a huge step forward. In the interim, it will continue to be difficult for us would-be puppy owners to wade through the breeder quagmire.

I know this hasn't helped much, but best of luck with Brooklyn!!!
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