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Advice and information for breeders

EBVs communicate the genetic risk of hip/elbow score for individual dogs in reference to the entire breed. They can be compared to determine which breeding animals have a higher or lower genetic risk, a risk which will be inherited by their offspring/progeny.

EBVs are computed using available hip and/or elbow scores for the dog and all its relatives. Pedigree information is used to determine the relationships among all dogs therein. This allows the genetic risk of individuals to be evaluated, stripping away any environmental effects on the scores, which is important since only genes are inherited over generations. Using EBVs to make mating decisions will be more accurate than using the observed hip or elbow score and will lead to faster progress in reducing the prevalence of disease.

What do the values/figures mean?

How Can EBVs Help Breeders?

Why is Scoring Still Important?


Estimated Breeding Values on the Kennel Club's Mate Select platform were created as a collaboration between the Kennel Club and the Kennel Club Genetics Centre, at the Animal Health Trust. The Kennel Club gratefully acknowledges the technical input and advice of Professor John Woolliams (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) in the development of the models for calculation and presentation of EBVs. The Kennel Club gratefully acknowledges Professor Brian Kinghorn (The University of New England, Armidale, Australia) for advice on the visual presentation of EBVs.