but it is a bitch in German Sheppards.. no pun intended
I had a white german shepherd. I got her from a breeder in Dallas. The breeder told me that they x-ray the puppies then guarantee the hips. My dog never had problems. She died of old age.
The breeder told me that if she developed hip problems I could "exchange her" for a comparable dog (puppy). Since some dogs do not show symtoms until later in life, this was basically a lifetime guarantee.
I couldn't imagine giving a 1 or 2 year old dog back though in exchange for a new puppy.
I would rather have sent her to camp Cootkilla.
Hip guarantees are a good thing. A responsible breeder will have them examined by a vet before they make that guarantee.
What kind of dog are you looking for? Lab if I remember?