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.


Breed average as at January 2018 = 16.60


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.


  1. Maximum sum of the two scores of parents – should be as low as possible.  Recommended to not be more than 30 for best results.

          i.e.  If one parent has a score of 25, any mate should have a low score.

    • Low Score is between 0-10
    • Good Score between 11-15
    • Acceptable between 16-20
    • Over 20 should only be bred to mates with Low and Good scores or Acceptable but with low scores throughout the pedigree. 


       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 or 3

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 can only be bred to 0.

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