So I'd like to start of by saying that this is not intended to cause any arguments or anything. I am thinking of breeding my GSD bitch. Who is currently being shown very successfully (numerous BOB and group placings) at open level, and this summer we are taking the plunge at Champ level. And depending on how this goes will be a deciding factor. I intend to keep a pup from the litter to run on and show with. She is of lovely moderate type albeit a little long in the loin, nice bitch head, good movement but not over exaggerated. Good temperament, not overly driven ( but I like this!). So to get to my question, Obviously health tests are the other deciding factor for me, I have been speaking to a few breeders in the show scene ( of a few different breeds) who seem to be of the opinion that the traditional hip and elbow scoring system is obsolete- and that if it was going to eradicate HD/ED it would have done years ago. Their logic is that HD/ED is largely environmental with few genetic issues. I have been pointed in the direction of the PUPscan Project, which have recommended me a vet who will do a " diagnostic image" (x ray) and tell me if there is any genetic defect which will be passed on or cause an issue. They also come out at 7 weeks for pups and ultrasound the hips to pick up any congenital problems. Now, this sounds all well and good and I have been put off hip scoring by a few people who've had it done, saying it caused the dog to go lame, and they had no problems with a high scoring dog etc. All I want to do is do best by my girl & any pups she may have. Part of my reasoning for looking at this is when she was 7 months she belted across our back garden and over our 6 ft fence after an effing cat and she was sore on her front leg for a day or so, so obviously the score for this elbow is going to be utter PANTS, and can hardly explain to people " oh she was a complete idiot as a pup". And obviously there are other things ill be getting her tested for -CDRM, eyes, PD. So my actual question is- does this pupscan thing sound at all viable? surely if the vets partaking have a knowledge and understanding of its value thought it was useless they wouldn't. Ps: please don't lay into me for thinking of all options before breeding!