Hip and Elbow Ratings



Hip Dysplasia



Elbow Dysplasia


"a" stamp

Actual stamps applied by the German SV to either the German Pink Papers of a dog or the AKC Certified 4 generation pedigree at the time a dog receives a passing hip and elbow rating. Be sure to ask to see proof of these stamps when purchasing a puppy from any breeder. Click here to see an example. Click Here to Search the SV Zuchtwerte Database to confirm a dog has received an a-stamp from Germany, this database is updated every quarter.


“a” 1

HD normal - the best hip or elbow rating possible from the German SV


“a” 2

HD fast normal - near normal - rating given to hips and/or elbows

“a” 3

HD noch zugelassen - still acceptable for breeding - rating given to hips and/or elbows


HD certification was passed in another country rather than Germany.


Orthopedic Foundation for Animals - an organization in the USA that researches HD and other health problems and certifies hips and elbows for animals with the ratings of EXCELLENT, GOOD or FAIR. Click Here to Search the OFA Database by a Dog's Name or Registration Number.


Degenerative Myelopathy - Degenerative Myelopathy is a devastating disease causing progressive paralysis in a large number of dog breeds. New research has identified a gene that is associated with a major increase in risk of the disease.