OLD RSA GRADE
No signs of hip dysplasia
Near normal hip joints
Mild hip dysplasia
Mild to moderate dysplasia
Moderate hip dysplasia
Moderate to severe dysplasia
Severe hip dysplasia
Very severe dysplasia
The FCI grading system was adopted as from January 2007. RSA gradings prior to 2007 cannot be changed and those dogs cannot be radiographed under the FCI system.Requirements for Registration of Rottweiler Litters in South Africa:
1. W.e.f. 01-01-1994, all Rottweilers used for breeding must be registered with KUSA and have CHD certification within the range of FCI A1 to (and inclusive of) FCI C2.
Only Rottweilers with hip scores of FCI A1, A2, B1 or B2 may be mated to Rottweilers with FCI C1 or C2 hips. Rottweilers with FCI A1, A2, B1 or B2 hips may be mated to one another (FEDCO update effective 01 Jan. 2007)
2. W.e.f. 01-01-2009, radiologists to perform (mandatory) elbow X-rays together with hip X-rays (to minimize costs). No grading recommendations made for ED at this stage - this to build an ED data-base / statistics. Info to be reviewed after (at least) 5 years, after which breeding guidelines will be recommended to KUSA.
All breeds can be done from the age of 12 months except in RSA where large breeds can only be x-rayed from 18 months: this includes the Mastiffs, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, St Bernards and Rottweilers.
Positioning must be optimal: to achieve this, general anesthesia or sedation is required. A single certificate, certified by a KUSA authorised veterinary radiologist, is issued reflecting the grade of hip and/or elbow dysplasia, where applicable, together with the microchip or tattoo number of the dog. For more information, visit the KUSA website at: www kusa.co.za
KUSA schedule 2 E
HD/ED requirements for the Importation of Rottweilers and Semen for breeding purposes.
1. All Rottweilers being imported under twelve (12) months of age must be screened in South Africa once the animal is at least eighteen (18) months. Any HD/ED gradings given to Rottweilers under twelve (12) months of age are not accepted.
2. HD requirements for the importation of Rottweilers or semen for breeding or Championship purposes:
2.1.1 The animal must be x-rayed and scored over the age of twelve (12) months.
2.1.2 The animal must receive an official FCI/ADRK grading according to FCI/ADRK Regulations .
2.1.3 Any grading given must either be performed or endorsed by the Veterinary University of the country, ADRK or hip dysplasia panel of the country. This must be clearly reflected on the official HD/ED certificate. Alternatively the grading veterinarian must be officially recognised (in writing) by the Veterinary University of the country as being qualified to perform gradings according to the FCI system. OR
2.1.4 Animals receiving an official recognised grading in a country (as per list lodged with KUSA by RBC) over the age of twelve (12) months are accepted. ALTERNATIVELY
2.1.5 If the dog fails to meet the above requirements the animal must be regraded in South Africa over the age of eighteen (18) months.