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I just wondered if I could get some opinions on breeding a miniature bitch with a "fair" OFA score. One of the breeders I am talking to (and like) is breeding a bitch with "fair" hips to a dog with "good" hips. I have done some research on this and seen that 1) fair hips are not uncommon in minis and 2) breeding a dog with fair hips seems to be acceptable as long they are bred to a dog with good or excellent hips and there's not major hip problems identified in the line.

In my own research in the OFA registry, I can see that 1 of 3 tested half siblings (through the sire) of the bitch who is being bred has mild unilateral left dysplasia - the other 2 listed are "good" and "fair". Behind the Bitch who is being bred, all the relatives on the dam's side are "good" while the sire (who is from Denmark) is not listed other than the 3 half siblings he produced. Behind the Sire who is being bred, all the relatives (including offspring) are "good" or "excellent".

If anyone is still following: Does anyone have any red flags they want to raise that I should be considering with this? Is this OFA rating something I should be concerned about (and one mildly dysplastic listed relative)? I am planning on raising the topic with the breeder, but thought some independent thoughts would be helpful!

One more addition - both parents are Optigen A by parentage, CERF Good, Patella normal.
 

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While HD is not unknown in Minis, it is more unusual than in Standards. I have never personally encountered a Mini with HD.

"Fair" is a passing hip score, but breeders need to be very careful to breed to "Excellents" or "Goods" with a history of producing "Excellents".

Are you looking for a Mini? PM me and I'll give you a list of breeders I would buy from.
 
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