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I have a question about hip dysplasia. Harley is showing no signs of hip problems at this time. However I keep reading about dogs being bred that have dysplasia and then there puppies end up with it as well. Am I understanding this correctly? I know Harleys paperwork ( from the United Kennel Club) that says she is an AB however everyone says she looks like a pit boxer cross. I don't care what she is I love her regardless. Since I really don't know anything about her parents except that her fafther is Cesar from Tufenuff kennels. Should I have her tested for the dysplasia now or wait to see if she develops problems later on in life?

For those of you who do not know Harley was given to me on December 26, 2005 by a friend of mine. He paid 1000.00 for her from a lady in Mexico NY. She just turned 1 this past April 14.

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Kelly
 

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hip dyspalsia is a polygenic trait. which means.. multiple genes from each parent (diffent in each pup thu out a litter) go into the make up. it is kinda like picking six or seven marbles out of a hat. if you get more black marbles in your pile , your dog ends up dysplastic. more white and his hips are good. you could go have him xrayed, it will answer your question. he is a year now and they will be able to pretty well evaluate him by now. but if you are having no problems why are you worried?

edit: i went looking for tuffenuf's site to see if they listed hipscores but i could not find it. i did however find that tuffenuff breeds both ab's and bullmastiffs. interesting when you cnsider most have said they don't feel harley is pure ab
 

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I think if you just own Harley as a pet that you would be wasting your money xraying her. Really what is the point? Even if she is dysplastic there is a very good chance she could go on to live a fairly normal life anyways. Bull breeds generally have such a high pain tolerance that even dogs with moderate hd won't even show signs until they are in their senior years. If she is showing no signs then I wouldn't even worry about it.
 
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