Hip Dysplasia

This term refers to the shape and fit of the ball of the Femur with the Socket of the Hip. It is believed to be part inherited and part environmental. Breeders must stress to their puppy people the environmental aspect of Hip Dysplasia. Allowing pups to become overweight and/or run about on slippery surfaces is inviting trouble. These are fast growing animals and care must be taken during the formative stages.

The Rottweiler Club of Victoria expects that Members will X-ray their dogs to ascertain their hip status so that information useful to the breed can be accumulated. The Code of Ethics (5) states that before breeding all Rottweilers must conform to the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. requirements re hip, eye and mouth status.

The Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. accepts results that have been scored through The National Rottweiler Council (Australia) Hip Dysplasia Scheme.  The National Rottweiler Council (Australia) Hip Dysplasia Scheme allows that the combined score of a breeding pair must not exceed 20. Results achieved through the National Rottweiler Council Hip Dysplasia Scheme are deemed to be participating in the National Hip Dysplasia Scheme and NRC Hip Dysplasia Scheme results are included on the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. Hip Dysplasia Register and are acceptable to the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. provided they are on NRC(A) paperwork. Those wishing to have their dogs x-rayed must apply to the State Breed Recorder and the appropriate paperwork will be forwarded to them.

To qualify as suitable for breeding the Rottweiler must have a satisfactory hip assessment from either the Australian Veterinary Association Panel of Readers or from Professor Wyburn that meets all the National Rottweiler Council (Australia) Hip Dysplasia Scheme requirements (see below) and a satisfactory Eye and Mouth Certificate, however please note that they must be on NRC(A) paperwork. It is wise to remember that good hips do not necessarily mean a well constructed animal and that a Rottweiler is more than a set of hips. Particular attention should be paid to other aspects of the dog, especially the temperament. Good hips should be considered as only part of the whole dog when deciding on the breed worthiness of a particular animal.

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The Hip Dysplasia Scheme

  • To obtain a satisfactory x-ray result the Rottweiler must be 12 months or older.
  • The dog must be identified by microchip number which is to be included on the paperwork by the Breed Recorder when issuing same.
  • The appropriate NRC(A) Numbered Hip Dysplasia Evaluation Report Sheet for Canine Hip & Elbow Dysplasia bearing the allocated microchip number and Dental and Eye form will be forwarded to the applicant.
  • The x-ray must be taken while the dog is under General Anaesthetic. This is a specific requirement. Dental and Eye form is best completed while the dog is awake.
  • X-ray plate must be marked with identifying microchip number.
  • The x-ray and paperwork are sent to the appropriate body who assesses the hip status of the Rottweiler.
  • Results are printed in the R.C.V. Inc. "On Guard" magazine and become part of the breed statistics.
  • All animals complying with the above are acceptable to be listed with the R.C.V. Inc. plus any imported animals who have comply with the relevant HD Scheme, plus any animals from interstate who have complied with the requirements of the NRC(A) scheme. (the club appreciates a copy of the result for reference in this case).
  • If either you or your Veterinarian feel that the result achieved for your dog is incorrect, you may appeal. Notify the Breed Recorder that you are going to appeal your result so that the original result may be held until the x-ray is reassessed. The reassessed result will then be the result accepted by the Club. Results read by Wyburn are to be reassessed by one of the other panel readers and vice versa. This must be done within six months of notification the original result is being disputed.

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Hip Dysplasia Register

The Hip Dysplasia Register is printed from a Computer Database containing records of all Rottweilers tattoed/microchipped and/or x-rayed in Victoria plus many other results sent to us from interstate. Information in the Register includes Tattoo/Microchip Number, Registered Name, Date of Birth, V.C.A. Pedigree Endorsement, R.C.V. qualification, Hip Scores and Grades, Eye and Mouth Status, Elbow Gradings and Sire and Dam. The Database also lists all Rottweilers issued a tattoo/microchip number and/or NRC(A) paperwork and has Owner's name, address and phone number and Breeder recorded. The Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. holds copies of all records listed on the database and at any time information from those records can be supplied to members. The list is periodically made available to members. There is also a Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc Hip Dysplasia Register which includes results from other members. Enquiries to the Secretary

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