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I agree with the people who have posted above. It is pretty common in all breeds (and an acceptable practice according to veterinarians) to breed a "fair" to a "good" or "excellent". But I don't believe there is even a formal term, "minor hip dysplasia"... Either they are dysplastic or they are not. If they are not dysplastic, they are graded from "fair" to "excellent". In that range, breeders need to look at the positive and negative characteristics of each potential breeding animal and make decisions.
It IS important not to throw too many animals out of the breeding pool, as with each animal taken out, the gene pool gets smaller. That's bad. So, if you have a bitch with lovely conformation, a beautiful bite, great temperament and "fair" hip X-rays, it doesn't make sense not to use her, but you want to breed her to a dog with at least good, if not excellent hips, and other characteristics that make him a good match.
But the bottom line about this particular puppy is, no. I, personally, would not buy a puppy from a known dysplastic parent. This isn't something where you could have any warning from looking at the puppies whether one is going to be OK or not. You can't take final X-rays to know if a dog has good hips until they are two. By then, you will love that dog way too much to even consider giving it back, even if the seller would take it back. Much more commonly, a pet owner wouldn't ever even X-ray a young dog's hips. Not until it was 8 or 9 or 10, and having signs of pain, would they consider x-raying it.
What then? You find you have a dysplastic dog, put it on pain killers, and keep it comfortable for as long as you can. There is no cure and no surgery that will correct dysplasia. It is true that small breeds have less trouble with bad hips than heavier breeds. It's also true that dogs with worse hips are likely to have more trouble than dogs with marginal hips. But... why even start down that road? Find a puppy from a breeder who does paper health testing and breeds responsibly.
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