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Hip Dysplasia Australian Shepherd

by Anna Pagel Jones
(St. Paul, MN)

Are Aussies prone to hip dysplasia? I know that if I want to breed my girl I should test her hips, but I'm not just concerned about breeding; I am worried that maybe she'll end up getting it and have to live in pain the rest of her life.

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Aussies & Hip Dysplasia
by: Anne

Yes, Hip Dysplasia is a genetic health concern for Aussies. You can not get your Aussie x-rayed for hip dysplasia until they are 2 years old.
At that time your aussie either has hip dysplasia or they don't. It does not come on a t a later date like some cataracts do.
What concerns me about what you said is that you have no idea about the aussie you speak about and their parent's hips. Where ever you got your Aussie from SHOULD have informed you about this and given you paperwork (OFA Ratings) clearing the parents of your current aussie.

Do you have that paperwork? Did you get your aussie from a breeder or somewhere else? Does your Aussie have papers?
If you would like for me to help you, as you are obviously concerned about your aussie...just e-mail me at

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
Louisiana, USA

My Puppy/Hip Dysplasia
by: Anna Pagel Jones

Anne Calmes,

Thank you for your time.

No, my Aussie's parents' hips are not tested, which is why I asked in the first place. But she is from the Las Rocosa lines, which are top, I am led to believe.

FYI, my puppy IS from a breeder, but I thought I'd take a chance starting out. Your opinion?


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