Breed Hip Scores

These are the average breed hip scores as of January 1st, as published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Dogs are x-rayed at Vertica. The x-ray picture is sent to the BVA, where a panel of experts examine the pictures, take various measurements and arrive at a score for each hip. The results for the two hips are added together to give the final score. The hip score can be any number from 0-106.Lower is better.

Dogs should only be bred from if their hip score is well below the breed average. So, for example, a score of 20 would be acceptable for a Clumber Spaniel, but unacceptable for a German Shepherd Dog.

A breed average is only published if at least 10 dogs have had their hips scored, so if YOUR dog's breed does not appear, it does not mean that a hip score is not necessary.

BREED AVERAGE SCORE
Affenpinscher 15
Afghan Hound 9
Airedale Terrier 17
Alaskan Malumute 13
American Bulldog 23
Anatolian Shepherd Dog 11
Australian Cattle Dog 11
Australian Shepherd 10
Basenji 7
Basset Griffon Vendeen 22
Beagle 18
Bearded Collie 11
Beauceron 20
Belgian Shepherd Dog 11
Bernese Mountain Dog 16
Bichon Frise 10
Bloodhound 21
Border Collie/Working 14
Bouvier des Flandres 17
Boxer 16
Briard 20
Bull Terrier 7
Bulldog 41
Bullmastiff 28
Cav.King Charles Spaniel 16
ChowChow 14
Clumber Spaniel 42
Cocker Spaniel 15
Curly Coated Retriever 11
Dalmation 10
Dobermann 10
Elkhound 13
English Setter 19
English Springer Spaniel 13
Eskimo Dog (Greenland Dog) 20
Estrela Mountain Dog 30
Field Spaniel 15
Finnish Lapphund 13
Flat Coated Reteiever 9
German Long Haired Pointer 9
German Short Haired Pointer 10
German Wire Haired Pointer 11
German Shepherd Dog 19
Giant Schnauzer 14
Golden Retriever 19
Gordon Setter 24
Great Dane 13
Hovawart 11
Hungarian Kuvasz 24
Hungarian Pulli 17
BREED AVERAGE SCORE
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla 14
Hungarian Vizsla 12
Irish Red & White Setter 10
Irish Setter 16
Irish Water Spaniel 18
Irish Wolfhound 6
Italian Spinone 15
Japanese Akita 11
Keeshound 12
Kerry Blue Terrier 15
Komondor 16
Labrador Retriever 16
Large Munsterlander 14
Leonberger 12
Mastiff 18
Miniature Poodle 16
Miniature Schnauzer 13
Neopolitan Mastiff 25
Newfoundland 28
Norwegian Buhund 15
Old English Sheepdog 20
Otterhound 43
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 22
Pointer 11
Portuguese Water Dog 18
Pug 23
Pyrenean Mountain Dog 13
Pyrenean Sheepdog 16
Rhodesian Ridgeback 12
Rottweiler 13
Rough Collie 13
Saluki 5
Samoyed 13
Shar-Pei 18
Shetland Sheepdog 16
Siberian Husky 7
Smooth Collie 5
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier 13
St Bernard 23
Staffordshire Bull Terrier  13
Standard Poodle 15
Standard schnauzer 23
Sussex Spaniel 37
Swedish Valihund 13
Tibetan Mastiff 14
Tibetan Spaniel 12
Tibetan Terrier 15
Weimaraner 13
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 25
Welsh Springer Spaniel 19