VIZSLA HEALTH ISSUES
| (C) Gunfield 2006 Hip Dysplasia and scoring|
Hip dysplasia is basicly a badly formed ball and socket joint in the hip which can cause arthritic changes and lamness in a dog. although not a huge problem in the Hungarian Vizsla it is present and carefull breeding & testing will ensure it remains a small risk .
In the uk the hip scoring scheme is run by th UKKC/BVA and involves an x-ray being taken of a dogs hips once he or she is aged over 12 months of age.
The xray is then examined by a panel of experts and scored in the following way-
Subluxtion - max score 6 EACH HIP
Cranial acetablular edge -max score 6 EACH HIP
Dorsal acetabular edge - max score 6 EACH HIP
Cranial effective acetabuler rim- max score 6 EACH HIP
Acetabular fossa -max score 6 EACH HIP
Caudal acetebular edge- max score 5 EACH HIP
femoral head/neck exostosis-max score 6 EACH HIP
Femoral head recontouring- max score 6 EACH HIP
perfect hips score 0/0 total 0 the worst hips score 53/53 total 106
The Vizsla average score is 12 (total for both hips) ideally all breeding stock should be below this.
here are some examples of hip x-rays click to enlarge the images
3/3 total 6 from a Vizsla 3/3 total 6 this time from a weimeraner 7/2 total 9 from a Vizsla
A score of 5/5 total 10 9/11 total 20 21/25 total 46 from a vizsla
A dysplastic set of hips
Hip scoring in Hungary
In Hungary dogs are either scored by the FDB hungarian dogs are scored at the age of 24 months plus although some breeders take prelimanary x-rays younger ,the x-rays are then examined by the FDB evaluators and the following results awarded where appropiate,dogs scoring worse than E grade do not get a FDB number and are not passed as fit for breeding.
Based on the recommendation of the FCI, the FDB evaluation recognizes the following categories:
(“N” - Excellent)
(“M” - good)
(“E” – fair)
Here are some examples of Hungarian hip x-rays
HD A FDB E grade
Preventing hip dysplasia
several factors can influence the hip score a dog achieves these can include -
4. Hereditary (hip joint shape)
5. Hormones (seasons)
We reccomend always feeding a high quality dog food and puppies should be fed puppy/junior food until they are at least a year old.
Excersise should be limited till a dog matures ,we use the five minute rule! I.E
five minutes per month of life daily so a 8 week old puppy would want a 10 minute walk daily.
a six month old would want 30 mins daily
Gunfield vizsla hip statistics
Our highest hip scoring progeny to date has a score of 9/6 total 15
Our lowest scoring progeny to date has a score of 0/2 total 2
please click here to see the hip results for Gunfield bred dogs