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OFA hip rating is as much about how good the xray is, as how good the hips are. More times than not, a Fair is because of a less than ideal angle on the xray. Of course, it can be the hips too, but Fair is passing. An xray can't make bad hips look good, but can very easily make good hips look bad. We always want to see the xray, rather than just reading the rating. We actually have a pretty sizeable collection of hip xrays-not just our own dogs. Pam has taught a lot of breeders about what to look for in the xrays.
The rating is subjective. We know of a breeder who sent in a Preliminary, which came back Mild, but once she learned that it really needed to be a good xray presentation, the final came back Excellent.
Long story short, it's not as simple as the rating. Good or Excellent are great, but we would look at a Fair.
I can attest that Mariposa is as good as it gets. Michelle is full time with the dogs, and not a sideline breeder. I don't know anything about LuvBug, but that doesn't mean they are not okay too.
Last edited by Tom King; 10-10-2014 at 06:07 PM.