Here we provide an opportunity to improve selection and heath of pure breed dogs, for breeding and purchasing, based on their genetic potential for good hip and elbow conformation. The estimated breeding values we provide were derived from statistical models that combine pedigree relationships with Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) Hip and Elbow Scores, all of which is available in the public OFA Database.
The major beneficiaries will be dog breeders, buyers, pet owners, veterinarians, and researchers who seek an accurate measurement of hip and elbow quality of a dog based on its genetic potential but who have no way to access that information.
Currently, we are providing breeding values for 95% of pure breed dogs registered in the OFA database. The OFA scores are given a rank with excellent hips or normal elbows given a 1 and (the lowest score) and worsening scores are given a 2, 3 and on. Therefore, lower hip and elbow breeding values are preferred. The hip or elbow EBV is presented also in graphical form accompanied by an error that surrounds the estimate and the range of hip or elbow EBVs for the breed of interest. This visual information allows the viewer to relate the genetic quality of each dog in respect to the entire range for the breed. We suggest that you identify dogs from the pool of dogs in the upper quartile of the breeding values for your breed. The data used to create the breeding values offered here was drawn from dogs born prior to 2009. This analyses was initially begun in 2011 for which dogs born after 2009 would not have certified OFA scores. We plan to update this analysis semi-annually or annually, in order to provide you with the most accurate results.
An additional tool allows you to select a male and female breeder and we give you an estimate of the genetic quality of the offspring should you decide to breed those two dogs.
You can read the related research article here. The criteria used for determination of OFA hip and elbow scores is described in this article.
Following login, the user of this data base can also access the breeding value and information regarding inbreeding of a specific dog, if that dog had a record in the public OFA data base.
Currently, registration is FREE. However, we accept financial donations to support the program to include other breeds affected with hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia and to constantly update the statistics on each pure breed dog.
Your feedback on the relevance, ease of use, and understanding of the information in this site is important to its improvement. Please take a minute or so to complete the anonymous survey after you have reviewed and searched its content for hip and elbow EBVs of dogs you might use as a sire or dam or the offspring of two parental lines that you might be interested in acquiring. We thank you for your help.