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BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme

Hip Scoring is a requirement for all dogs that are being bred from under the Breed Clubs’ Code of Ethics and the KC’s Assured Breeder Scheme.

Hip dysplasia (HD) is a relatively common orthopaedic problem in many breeds, it occurs when the hip joint (ball & socket) develops abnormally. The HD Scheme assesses the degree of deformity in hips, and presents the results for the Right & Left hips as a score from 0 to 53 for each hip. All scores are published by the Kennel Club on their Health Test results finder.

To submit a dog for hip scoring – the dog must be at least one year old (there is no upper age limit), x-rays will need to be taken and submitted to the BVA/KC scheme for scoring. Once the X-ray has been scored, the results will be published and can be compared to the breed average.

More information on the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme


  • What is hip dysplasia?
  • How do I submit X rays?
  • What does it cost?

Breeding advice for dogs that have been Hip Scored

Other approved hip scoring schemes are recognised by the Kennel Club, eg OFA in USA  the ANKC in Australia and European national schemes.  However such results whilst noted on a dog’s record at the KC they are not made public on the KC Find a health test online service.  Some schemes such as OFA require the dog to be a minimum of 2 years of age. It is wise to check with the KC if a particular scheme is acceptable.  Where dogs have been scored under different schemes the results may not be listed online – so you should check the results directly via the issued certificates.  Where notified to the breed clubs we will record on this site.

Note: whilst the Australian system uses same scoring as UK there is anecdotal evidence that results maybe 2-3 points lower than if scored in UK, as yet we do not have any comparative values for the breed to confirm or otherwise.

All UK published hip score results are available on the KC’s Health Test Results finder.

UK Scheme mean/median results

UK Dogs Scored outside UK Scheme

Dog Scheme Result 5 year mean UK 5 year mean date
Elbereth Lumenlumo Australia 5/5 11.05 13.4 30/12/2020
Expected Tihkusade Tabanyaruu Finland A/B
Glenchess Laineen Liplatus to Bernavia Australia 10/13 11.05 13.4 06/01/2021
Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth Finland B/B
Lumiturpa Mamman Mamo Finland A/A
Tabanyaruu Wihta Kaamos Australia 2/2 11.05 13.4 02/01/2021
Tabanyaruu Wihta Matiska Australia 3/3 11.05 13.4 01/01/2021
Tabanyaruu Wihta Otso Australia 6/4 11.07 13.4 05/05/2021
Tabanyaruu Tuukka Ruuletti Australia 3/4 11.05 13.4 30/12/2020
Tabanyaruu Valio Tila Mooli Australia 6/6 11.06 13.4 30/06/2021
Terhakan Jallat Finland A/A
Shacal Reilu Peli Finland A/A
Shacal Tiltaltti Finland C/C
Staalon Pilvipouta at Oberitz Australia 4/3 11.19 13.4 16/7/21
World’s Wildest Excellent Elton Australia 7/4 10:78 13.4 22/2/22

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