Perhaps we should say instead 'did not pass elbows' or 'appears to have failed elbows'- Maleficent for example... I look at the OFA page Advanced Search | Orthopedic Foundation for Animals | Columbia, MO and see she has hips and elbows. This says to me that the owner knows about clearances. Her sire and dam have neither hips nor elbows on OFA which says to me they either failed them, or they were not done. There is also a slim chance they did PH but PH doesn't do elbows so for elbows, I see fails or not completed. Either one isn't ok. Full sib Patsy is lacking an elbow clearance in the presence of a hip clearance so I still see a fail especially given someone who does know they should both be done owns Maleficent. Paternal half sib Kismet same scenario, and then the grandparents are pretty much a train wreck - there is a passing elbow there but in the absence of hip, I assume failed hip. These are US dogs and to imagine they just didn't test when there are indications they are breeders and do test on their other dogs leaves no choice but a bunch of fails.
There is even more nuance on the OFA record, not on this dog but oftentimes we see hips done at a later date than elbows- especially if they are fairs, I make the leap that they failed first time around and were repeated to get an OFA number. The age at which the radiograph was done is embedded in the number so we can see whether they were done at the same time or not.
I am Ruth Elpers and you can see my beautiful Goldens on my web page :Elpers Kennels. I have been raising them now for over 20 years ,they are O.F.A on the hips (GOOD) I do take pride in my Beautiful dogs .They do have the title champions that every one is looking for, two litters coming in July.
1. you don;t know anything about Maleficent (BORN 7-14,16)I take it your just talking now let me tell you about my Maleficent she is OFA ,And Normal on elbows done both on 8/20/18 ,I did get her when she was just 8 weeks old for $4000.00 plus shipping just so you got the story right about my dogs .They are extra GOOD. With all the title champions .And I well not let any one put me or my dogs DOWN , that I have worked so many years to have the ones that every one tells every one where they got there Golden from .I have to admit that I'm nitpicking about verbiage. For what it's worth, given what I've learned about goldens and OFA, I would take a "hard pass" on any puppy where there's gaps in the OFA certifications. I only checked 3 generations back for Kona, but all certifications were there (albeit some of the eyes were slightly out-of-date and many of the cardiacs were done by practitioner vice cardiologist). But, at least I had the opportunity/ability to check for myself and make a somewhat-informed decision.
For my $0.02, the fact that there's gaps in the OFA registry should be a huge red flag, irrespective of the reason for the gap(s). The inference that gaps are due to undocumented "fails" is almost "piling on".
For what it's worth, I believe that there should also be discussions about "ethical consumers", as both breeders and owners should "do the right thing".