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Which is Better, PennHIP or OFA, and why?


To answer this, here's a good analogy written by Linda Lipford:
 

"If your dogs hips and the surrounding hip area were the wheel area on your car:

OFA would look at the wheels themselves to make sure it is the correct size for your car and had the proper tread.  They would look at rotors, calipers and brake pads to make sure that they are smooth and unworn and installed properly. And if something was not correct size or worn or not fitting properly, they would grade it based on how incorrect or worn it is.

PennHIP would look at how tightly that wheel fits on the rim.  Are all the bolts screwed in tight so it does not wobble.
Because if you have a car with the proper perfect wheels, brakes etc, and the lugnuts are not tight and the wheel wobbles going down the highway, eventually it will wear those perfect tires and surrounding area out quicker.

And if your car has nice tight tires on the rim, but some of the other parts are not correctly spec'd, you could also eventually wear out some parts earlier than expected."

So the answer is that PennHIP and OFA measure different things, and both are important. Ideally, every breeding dog should have both evaluations done to provide the most accurate picture.



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