My last spoo had hip dysplasia. She sat with butterfly legs and sometimes laid down like that from the time she was a pup, but didn't develop hip problems until about 8 years old. She would limp after playing and be slow to get up and down. That said, she also had super long legs. My feeling is that it is the extra long legs rather than hip dysplasia that accounted for the butterfly sit and lying down. A lot of standard poodles like to sit with one knee over and sit right on their rear. People call it 'the poodle sit'. I think it is more an indication that she is a poodle.
Even if you pay the money to get a hip xray it doesn't do anything for you except let you know there may be an issue later. Unless she has problems, try not to worry about it. There is no treatment for hip dysplasia anyway, short of a hip replacement in advanced cases where the owner wishes to do that.
As far as her back goes, she is probably too long in the back conformation wise, so when she sits her back sags. Again, nothing to do about it and it doesn't mean she will have problems. Next time she goes to the vet you can ask them about it.
You got a beautiful young rescue spoo for far less than a spoo puppy from a breeder. She is lovely and a wonderful black color with a very pretty face. Just love and enjoy her. She will give you many years of joy, I am sure. And welcome to the forum Bellaspoo! I look forward to hearing about her poodle antics. Give her a couple months to settle in. She will likely start putting on some weight with a little loving from you and her physical health will improve dramatically. Wait and see!
Last edited by outwest; 07-22-2011 at 04:12 PM.