In a breeding dog, up to a 2:2 hip status is accepted
by all the boerboel associations and KUSA as a good hip.. Each hip and joint is appointed a grade, resulting in a final grade
which appears as 0:0 (left hip 0, right hip 0) , 2:1 (left hip 2, right hip 1) etc.
It is not certain how many owners/breeders were
actually aware of this rating in comparison to the OFA or other methods of certification.
The sad truth is that this history of acceptable
hip grades has deeply rooted HD into the breed as a genetic characteristic.
Based on current hip stats recorded of known boerboels,
one could speculate that the ‘average’ Boerboel is mildly to moderately dysplastic.
The concern becomes that if this is the case,
then a large (horrifically large 80%) portion of the North American boerboel population would not pass OFA certification.
All Boerboels considered for breeding would have to have 0:0 certified hips comparing the SA KUSA method.
North American puppy buyers will also continue
to import dysplastic pups if the SABT, HBSA and other south african registries don’t change their policies on acceptable
hip grades for breeding dogs.
The breed is currently widely diverse in characteristics.
Temperament, Structure and Functional Ability have all been high areas of concern. These traits are also scrutinized by breeders
when selecting and assessing breeding quality Boerboels, which further eliminates dogs from the genepool. Current questions
should include how to return hip health to the breed while preserving the other characteristics which were already endangered.
It would be of benefit to hear what owners and
breeders opinions are on this subject.
The SABA has reviewed this
and would like us to conduct a vote:
Should the SABA recommended
guideline remain at hip grading of 2:2 hips?
Or should the SABA change
the accepted grade to 1:1?
Please vote yes or no for the change and indicate
an explanation why.
Send your reply to
"Other breed groups suffering from high occurrence
rates of HD have successfully shown reduction in control groups by allowing transitional and minor (OFA borderline and HD1)
grades into the breeding programs when bred to dogs of better hip health. This controlled system attempts to retain other
breed specific characteristics while continuing to improve hip health and further decrease the odds. The goal is to retain
the structure/ability of the breed and slowly raise the bar on hip health without drastic restrictions on allowable hips."