Difference between OFA, and pennhip.
Pennhip the dog is always sedated, it's three different x-rays, and it checks more in depth for laxity.
OFA is one x-ray, with the dog's body hips and legs placed in the (hopefully) correct position. If the dog can still long enough, there's no need for them to be sedated for OFA.
Pennhip can be done earlier, than official OFA.
You're going to have to do a lot of research, on relatives of both parents. How good were the hips on aunt, uncles, siblings, grandparents. Go back as many generations as you can find.
I agree hip scores mean nothing on breeding, if the dogs do not have correct temperament.
But you also need a healthy dog.
Some health problems don't show up in a dog, until two or three years old. You need a breeder that will stand behind their dogs for that time. If they won't give you a contract (and stand behind it) for genetic, and congenital problems for at least 2 years. I would walk away.
You also need to know, exactly what their guarantee means. Does it mean you have to return the dog, to receive any compensation? Can you keep the dog, and part of your money be returned. Can you keep the dog, and receive a new puppy.
We become very attached to our dogs, and most of us would not want to return them.
So I would not want that to be the only resolution in the health guarantee.
And to be fair to breeders, I don't think they should be on the hook for everything.
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