About Hip Dysplasia -
Texas Star Labradors x-rays and OFA Certifies all of our adult Labradors. By only breeding Labradors that are OFA Certified greatly improves the odds of producing puppies that will live long healthy and painfree lives. However the OFA reports 3-7% of Labradors from OFA certified parents will still be effected by hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause lameness and arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds, and is the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips.
During growth, both the ball (the head of the femur, or thighbone) and the socket in the pelvis (acetabulum) must grow at equal rates. In hip dysplasia, this uniform growth during puppyhood does not occur. The result is laxity of the joint, followed by degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis (OA), which is the body's attempt to stabilize the loose hip joint.
Purchasing a Texas Star Labrador Puppy
Purchasing a TSL Puppy
Texas Star Labrador Puppies are available on Limited Registration with the option of Full Registration to approved breeders. If approved a breeder will sign our FULL REGISTRATION BREEDER AGREEMENT.
FULL REGISTRATION Breeder Terms
This agreement protects Texas Star Labrador blood lines as well as protects the puppy and the breeder purchasing the puppy. TSL does not permit the breeding of our lines with dogs tested to be a carrier or effected by the dilute gene - Reference the Labrador Retriever Club, UKC, and other recognized organizations stance on the dilute gene in the Labrador lines. Breeder will agree to require a full DNA testing on any dog being bred including the puppy being purchased and agrees that the puppy will not be bred until OFA Certifications are completed and the puppy passes OFA Certification testing negative for Hip Dysplasia and will maintain the same requirements of any future litters they choose to sell on Full Registration.
Breeder agrees not to breed Texas Star Labradors with Field Bred Labradors in order to maintain the integrity of our breeding program and will maintain the same requirements of any future litters they choose to sell on Full Registration.
Understanding DNA Health Texting
We submit All of Texas Star Labradors breeding dogs DNA to AKC Authorized Laboratories such as Embark, DDC, or Orivet. Texas Star Labradors carefully plans our breeding to ensure that our puppies are never effected by any of primary diseases associated with the Labrador breed. These include but are not limited to EIC, PRA, CNM, DM, Cystinuria, HNPK. By testing all of our adults we can identify if any of our labradors are carriers of any of these diseases to ensure that they are not breed to another carrier resulting in effected puppies.