Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia

HD / ED Recommendations

As part of the Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia’s Code of Ethics all members who breed their dogs should follow the guidelines set out under the HD / ED Recommendations as detailed in this document. Membership to the Club is acknowledged as acceptance of this Scheme.


The current 5 year breed average for the Dogue de Bordeaux as June 2021 = 16.52

The median = 14.00

One of the goals of the Club is to produce healthier DDB with below average hip and elbow scores and it has been proven in other breeds that this is the best way to achieve the best results.  It is for this reason that the below guidelines are recommended as a means of reducing hip and elbow scores of our breed. Hip scores are a combined score of each hip i.e. if a dog scores L3 R4, their hip score is 7. Elbow scores relate to individual elbows.


  1. Maximum sum of the two scores of parents – should be as low as possible.  Recommended to not be more than 25*. 

          i.e.  If one parent has a score of 18, any mate should have a low score.

  • Low Score is between 0-6
  • Good Score between 7-12
  • Acceptable between 13-18


       2.  No unscored dogs must be bred from.  Either HD and ED.



As elbows are graded individually, the higher of the two grades be taken as the overall grade and the following conditions apply:


o     Grade 0 can be bred to Grades 0, 1, 2  

o     Grade 1 can be bred to Grades 0, 1, or 2

o     Grade 2 can be bred to Grades 0 or 1

o     Grade 3 is unacceptable and the dog in question should be desexed and not used for breeding purposes.

o     If any UAP, FCP or OCD is found in the xrays then that dog should NOT be included in any breeding program.



Current ANKC approved scorers July 2020**


CHEDS Radiologists Panel


From 1st May the following Specialist Radiologists will be the ANKC CHEDS Readers:


Dr Roger Lavelle

80 Ashworths Road

Lancefield Victoria 3435

Ph: 03 5429 1682

Email: [email protected]


Dr Jennifer Richardson

PO Box 3477

Broadway Nedlands LPO WA 6009

Email:[email protected]


Dr Mariano Makara

Telephone 1300 302 161

Email: [email protected]


For more information about how to submit electronically, radiographic technique, pricing and payment options please visit


Dr Ana Hayes

PO Box 36 Vermont. VIC 3133.

Telephone: 0400 874 741

Email: [email protected]




*This is a recent update, due to club members plan breedings sometime in advance, there will be some upcoming litters still falling under the previous recommendation of 30 as a maximum. These matings will be taking place due to plans with costly imported semen etc.


**Pre dated testing may have been completed by other Radiologists.


If you have any questions, feel free to email the club directly.