After a lot of research and thought, my husband and I have decided to ad our first Irish Setter to our family. We are very excited!
We live in South Africa and, unfortunately, there are only a hand full of reputable breeders in the country. I have found a wonderful breeder who really seems to care about her dogs and the breed as a whole; she has also had all her dogs cleared of PRA and CLAD and hip scored.
She has just had a litter of beautiful pups from two of her show champion setters. The problem is that the dad's hip score is B and the mom's hip score is D.
The mom is just over 4 years old now and she is not showing any signs of discomfort or problems with her hips. Same with the dad.
My question is, would you buy a pup from this litter? How high would the risks be for major hip dysplasia?
I need to ad that we would consider breeding with the pup (we are looking for a female pup) if she is healthy.
I would greatly appreciate your advice on this.