Actually, what I'm most confused about is how to read clearances etc. I read on this board about "moderate" or "fair" or "good" etc, but on k9 I read OVC and then a number, or just the word "clear". I think its very likely just because I really have no idea what I'm doing, but would love any help on understanding whether the dogs I posted above and their pedigrees in these lines do in fact have the right clearances.
To start you off, let's pull up the first k9data link you sent, for Crush.
To check up her Hip clearance, which was done by OFA, go to their website, www.offa.org
, click on "Search OFA Records" on the left side, and type in either her registration number or her name. Here I've typed in her CKC registered name, "Stormynights Made for Lovin' U" , selected Golden Retriever and then Search. THIS
page comes up with any OFA records for her. We can see that she has both hips and elbows through OFA. Clicking into the hips record, it will list any siblings that have had OFA clearances, and you can also click on "vertical pedigree" at the top where you may be able to go through parents and previous generations if they are linked. If they aren't, you can repeat the same search by using the sire and dam further back in their pedigrees and running their names through OFA as well.
As for the OFA clearance number that they are given, it gives a lot of information itself. I'll have to look up a previous thread where I remember AmbikaGR posted it a few months ago.
This is the OFA number for Crush's hips: GR-99624E43F-VPI
Breaking it down, GR
- the breed (Golden Retriever) 99624
- the number of dogs of this breed that have been screened by OFA (I think?) E
- the rating of the clearance (in this case, Crush is "Excellent". Other acceptable ratings are: Fair and Good. Non-acceptable ratings are Mild or Moderate - or none at all!) 43
- the age, in months, of the dog at the time of the clearance (so Crush was about 3½ yrs old at this clearance) F
- sex of the dog (Male/Female) VPI -
I think this has to do with the way the dog is permanently identified (whether a microchip or tattoo).
Here is a link to another thread that talks about how to read clearances: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=17123 (Reading the OFA number)
And here is another one that shows what a clearances looks like (for when you go to meet the breeder in person, you can see exactly what you are looking for): http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=71378 (What clearances look like)
Hopefully that gets you off to a good start. Let us know if you have any more questions that we can help you out with!