I've created a simple summary of how to use estimated breeding values, based on the interface used on Cornell University's new EBV website. We will be bringing these data up to date (right now the data are only for dogs born before about 2010), but in the meantime you can get a basic idea of what they're all about.
EBVs are now being used by various kennel clubs around the world` - for example, for hips and elbows by the Finnish Kennel Club and UK KC, and for syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by the UK KC.
Have a look at my page of (very) basic information here -
You can view the graphs for many breeds recently published from the OFA data for hips and elbows here -http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/hip-dysplasia-hou-et-al-2013.html
EBVs ARE coming to dog breeding, and they will be the most useful and powerful tool breeders have ever had to improve dogs through selection. Start learning about them so you can make the best use of them in your breeding program.
- Lewis et al 2010 Genetic evaluation of hip score in UK Labrador Retrievers. PLoS One: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012797 (pdf)
- Wilson et al 2013 Genetic correlations among canine hip dysplasia radiographic traits in a cohort of Australian German Shepherd Dogs, and implications for the design of a more effective genetic control program. PLoS One: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078929 (pdf)
- Lewis et al 2013 Comparative analyses of genetic trends and prospects for selection against hip and elbow dysplasia in 15 UK dog breeds. BMC Genetics 14: 16 (pdf)