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Breed Average Hip Scores

Introduction

These are the average breed hip scores, as of 1 January 2003, as published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Dogs are x-rayed here at Vetrica. The x-ray picture is sent by us to the BVA, where a panel of experts examine the picture, take various measurements, and arrive at a score for each hip. The results for the two hips are added together to give the final score. The hip score can be any number from 0-106. Lower is better. Dogs should only be bred from if their hip score is well below the breed average. So, for example, a score of 20 would be acceptable for a Clumber Spaniel, but unacceptable for a German Shepherd Dog.

A breed average is only published if at least 10 dogs have had their hips scored, so if your dog's breed doesn't appear, it does not mean that a hip score is not necessary.

Breed Average Score Breed Average Hip Score
Affenpinscher 15 Hungarian Kuvasz 24
Afghan Hound 9 Hungarian Puli 17
Airedale Terrier 17 Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla 14
Alaskan Malamute 13 Hungarian Vizsla 12
American Bulldog 23 Irish Red & White Setter 10
Anatolian Shepherd Dog 11 Irish Setter 16
Australian Cattle Dog 11 Irish Water Spaniel 18
Australian Shepherd 10 Irish Wolfhound 6
Basenji 7 Italian Spinone 15
Basset Griffon Vendeen P.T. 22 Japanese Akita 11
Beagle 18 Japanese Shiba Inu 10
Bearded Collie 11 Keeshond 12
Beauceron 20 Kerry Blue Terrier 15
Belgian Shepherd Dog 11 Komondor 16
(Groenendael) 12 Labrador Retriever 16
(Laekenois) 9 Large Munsterlander 14
(Malinois) 10 Leonberger 12
(Tervueren) 10 Maremma Sheepdog 14
(BSD - Unspecified) 12 Mastiff 18
Bernese Mountain Dog 16 Miniature Poodle 16
Bichon Frise 10 Miniature Schnauzer 13
Bloodhound 21 Neapolitan Mastiff 25
Border Collie/Working Sheepdog 14 Newfoundland 28
Bouvier des Flandres 17 Norwegian Buhund 15
Boxer 16 Nova Sco' Duck Tolling Retriever 13
Bracco Italiano 19 Old English Sheepdog 20
Briard 20 Otterhound 43
Brittany 18 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 22
Bull Terrier 7 Pointer 11
Bulldog 41 Polish Lowland Sheepdog 17
Bullmastiff 28 Portuguese Water Dog 18
Canaan Dog 15 Pug 23
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 16 Pyrenean Mountain Dog 13
Chesapeake Bay Retriever 12 Pyrenean Sheepdog 16
Chow Chow 14 Rhodesian Ridgeback 12
Clumber Spaniel 42 Rottweiler 13
Cocker Spaniel 15 Rough Collie 13
Curly-Coated Retriever 11 Saluki 5
Dalmatian 10 Samoyed 13
Dobermann 10 Shar-Pei 18
Elkhound 13 Shetland Sheepdog 16
English Setter 19 Siberian Husky 7
English Springer Spaniel 13 Smooth Collie 5
Eskimo Dog (Greenland Dog) 20 Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier 13
Estrela Mountain Dog 30 St Bernard 23
Field Spaniel 15 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 13
Finnish Lapphund 13 Standard Poodle 15
Flat-Coated Retriever 9 Standard Schnauzer 23
German Long-Haired Pointer 9 Sussex Spaniel 37
German Shepherd Dog 19 Swedish Lapphund 20
German Short-Haired Pointer 10 Swedish Vallhund 13
German Wire-Haired Pointer 11 Tibetan Mastiff 14
Giant Schnauzer 14 Tibetan Spaniel 12
Golden Retriever 19 Tibetan Terrier 15
Gordon Setter 24 Weimaraner 13
Great Dane 13 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 25
Hovawart 11 Welsh Springer Spaniel 19