Breeder Education
This page is detected to on going education for breeders and is reflective of what I feel to be topics of interest that any breeder should explore.


As a breeder what should we be doing to assess the health of our breeding dogs beyond the norm of clearing our breeding stock? What should we know about our pedigrees?

See GRCA COE for recommendations for breeding dogs: COE (pdf)


Then check out the following:


The following is a link to a article written by Rhonda Hovan that talks about looking at pedigrees vertically and the importance of sibling information.

" Collecting and Utilizing Phenotypic Data to Minimize Disease:

A Breeder's Practical Guide"


The article is in pdf format at:

Hosted by the OFA:



What tools are we as breeders using to best assess the health of our breeding dogs? To what degree are we really looking at hip health with our breeding dogs? What should be looking at? How much do you know about hip evaluation schemes both here in the United States and elsewhere?


This site has a lot of information I find to be stimulating:

Working Dogs Cyberzine...


some specific links of interest:


Comparing PennHIP and OFA


Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Resources

this site also has great links on anything dog related!  


voluntary data base for the Golden Retriver for PH:

current stats page:


Please book mark this page as it will be updated frequently!

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