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For people on this forum looking for a puppy - as long as the clearances are all there, it's an easy recommend. Because a lot of people looking for pups on this forum are looking at really bad breeders sometimes. It's breeders breeding dogs with no clearances (includes prelim or none). And this sadly includes us sometimes deliberately not looking behind the parents. As long as the parents have full clearances (eyes, heart, hips, elbows), it's all good.
Fair is a passing grade, PLUS - Excellent hips can produce fair hips. Fair hips can produce excellent hips.
Personally speaking, I DO somewhat look for Excellent hips close behind my pup... if I am buying? But that's because I want a dog to have a long career in obedience and now conformation has added some pressure as far as getting more of a sure thing in something that really has no sure things?
With my Jovi (and Glee), their parents both have Good hips. And then 3 out of the 4 grandparents have Excellent hips (other gp has Good hips). That makes me somewhat happy - but it does not take the stress and uncertainty out of the equation while waiting until he's 2 to do hips/elbows.