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1. Why is this search function to find purebreeds with hip and elbow breeding values useful?
2. Why do more negative breeding values mean a better hip?
3. What is the difference between expected progeny difference (EPD) and breeding value?
4. Will an inbred dog definitely have progeny with high inbreeding?
5. Why can breeding value be negative?
6. I wish to choose a pup from a litter and I know the parents who produced this litter. How should I use the information in the data base?
7. I wish to choose a pup from a litter but I don’t have information about the hip or elbow scores of either parent.
8. I wish to buy a male dog as a potential breeder. How should I use the information in the data base?
9. I wish to buy a female dog as a potential breeder. How should I use the information in the data base?
10. I bought a pup already but just found this web site. How should I use the information in the data base to decide if this puppy is at risk of hip or elbow dysplasia?
11. If a puppy is at risk for hip or elbow dysplasia based on the breeding value of its parents, what should I do about it?
12. Once I have identified a litter for puppy selection or a dog to which I'd like to breed, how do I locate the owner or breeder?