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"Hazel" - GSD for Hip Scoring
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Hazel

 

Car maintenance has never been my forte! Consequently, I have always tried to choose vehicles with reputations for reliability and durability. Japanese engineering has regularly topped these polls as machines designed to last and so I find myself selecting models where the emphasis has been reliability over styling...................not unlike myself I hear some people say!

Wouldn't it be good if we could combine both style and reliability. This has always been a major compromise in the dog breeding world and remains one of the main reasons why car mechanics and veterinary surgeons remain in business..........design faults!

Hazel's owners are making every effort to ensure that, as far as possible, they are not compromising durability over good looks! Having Hazel's hips and elbows examined and scored by an expert panel of judges will improve the chances that subsequent puppies should be designed to last!

In the same manner that Japanese quality control ensures that defective cars are removed from the production lines, a large number of canine health schemes exist to help avoid the propagation of poorly designed puppies. Sadly the uptake of these schemes is very low ensuring the recognition and treatment of these "design faults" for many years to come!

Terry Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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Hip x-rays showing "good" hip construction.
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