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Fédération Cynologique Internationale

Rottweiler klub České republiky

IFR rottweilers

Český kynologický svaz

Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub e.V.

ČeskoMoravská Kynologická Unie


3. Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and Canine Elbow Dysplasia (CED)

(Translated from: www.vetkom.cz and www.rkcr.cz)
Canine hip dysplasia is a common condition of a number of dog breeds, particularly large and middle-sized breeds. It is characterised by a disruption of hip joint caput surface and acetabulum surface, causing a sprain or arthritis.

We can distinguish between a real dysplasia (heritable, which, besides the genetic factor, can develop due to an overly fast growth of a puppy, overweight condition, and extensive physical strain or an injury) and a secondary dysplasia related to the disruption of proximal femur development due to the above non-heritable factors or as a result of abnormal development of the last lumbar vertebra or the first sacral vertebra.

To fight the hip dysplasia it is recommended to select the affected animals and eliminate breeding of those suffering from the severe and medium form of the disease, based on the results of an x-ray examination. Such approach sets as a breeding standard deep location of the femur caput in acetabulum. Such trend (cultivating the deep location in the socket), however, often results in dogs having “locked” joints causing partially limited mobility, which can be seen as a clear deviation from the standard joint development in the opposite direction from dysplasia.

Dysplasia can be treated, in milder cases, by chondroprotectives, anabolic steroids, certain homeopathy and anti-inflammatory medications; in more severe cases the treatment requires a surgical intervention (muscle myotomy reducing the load of the joint, resection arthroplasty, hip replacement, femur osteotomy and triple pelvic osteotomy).

The evidence clearly shows that the causes and development of CHD, measures taken to fight it and methods of treatment are based on evaluations of the hip condition.

In order to have your Rottweiler dog registered for breeding, it is necessary, besides meeting other conditions (see About the Breed), to have the dog’s x-ray examination for CHD and CED evaluated. The dog must not be x-rayed before 12 months of age, as stipulated by the Registration Code of the Czech Rottweiler Club (Zápisní řád RKČR).

An x-ray image of the dog’s joint to evaluate the hip dysplasia in order to get documentation necessary for breeding purposes can be taken only by a veterinarian, a member of the Czech Veterinary Chamber and a holder of the licence for veterinary treatment and prophylactics, who has an x-ray room where a proper x-ray image can be made in terms of exposure, projection and identification (hereinafter the image maker).

An x-ray image of the dog’s joint to evaluate the hip dysplasia in order to get documentation necessary for breeding purposes based on a contract with a breeding club (hereinafter to evaluate an x-ray image for CHD) can be evaluated only by a veterinarian, a member of the Czech Veterinary Chamber holding a licence for CHD and CED evaluators and registered in the list of specialist for the evaluation of canine hip dysplasia and canine elbow dysplasia, maintained at the Czech Veterinary Chamber (hereinafter the evaluator).


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