Find Responsible Dog Breeders with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

If you are looking to purchase a medium or large breed dog, then you need to be concerned about hip dysplasia and other genetic health issues.  Many purebred dogs who have been bred by unscrupulous and irresponsible dog breeders have a tendency to develop painful and deadly genetic health conditions.  To avoid such types of dog breeders, you need to ask questions and look for breeders who offer proof of certain health certifications.

One type of health certification to look for is offered by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  The OFA is a non-profit organization who is dedicated “to the advancement of canine health”.  They collect and evaluate information of information submitted to them by breeders who want to promote quality breeds.  Ask the breeder you are considering doing business with if they have an OFA, CHIC or registration number.  Then visit the OFA website at and verify the information.

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