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The OFA Celebrates it's 1,000,000th Hip Evaluation

The Millionth Hip Evaluation was done on Rooi, a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Shown here with her ancestor, the foundation of the Kimani Kennel, who was the 44th hip evaluation.

Since 1966, the OFA has been dedicated to the advancement of canine health through a reduction in the incidence of inherited disease. The OFA’s radiographic evaluations and databases are its core service in meeting one of its primary objectives: To advise, encourage, and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases

This summer marks another significant milestone as the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kimani’s Motion Picture II (“Rooi”) became the 1,000,000th dog to have its hips evaluated by the OFA.

“Rooi” is co-owned by Patricia Hoffman and her breeder Alicia Mohr-Hanna. Rooi’s hips received a consensus evaluation of Excellent. In addition, Rooi has normal elbow, normal thyroid, and CERF clearances earning her a CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) number. Her Excellent rating comes as no surprise. Her immediate four generation pedigree boasts 100% OFA Goods and Excellents, and several Kimani Ridgebacks were among the first fifty of the breed to be OFA’d at the time of the OFA’s inception in the 60’s. In fact Rooi's ancestor, Ch Weecha's Kimani of Mohridge, was the 44th Rhodesian Ridgeback evaluated by the OFA.

Absent a genetic marker, radiographic evaluations remain a breeder’s primary tool in identifying phenotypically normal hips and elbows for inclusion in their breeding programs. We salute Rooi as our millionth dog and congratulate her breeder Alicia not only on the success of Kimani Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the ring, but on her contribution and commitment to canine health.