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a score of zero. A dog with two perfect hips has a score of 0/0 (0). Very few Golden Retrievers have perfect hips. A slight irregularity in the ball or socket may give a score of 2/3 (5). The more irregular the ball and socket becomes, the higher the score. Each hip is scored by assessing nine different features. Each feature except for one is scored between 0 and 6 with the maximum score for each hip being 53. The highest score possible is 53/53 (106).
The BVA mean hip score for the Golden Retriever is 19. (January 2006 - BVA Kennel Club Hip Dysplasia Scheme).
The hip score of a dog must only be a part of his assessment. A good hip score means that the dog has good hip structure. It says nothing about his value to the breed. Many factors including temperament and conformation must also be evaluated when deciding the breed worth of the dog.
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