We do like to check our facts on Furry Godmother and it worried us that since the Japanese Akita had split to be two breeds we had no separate average hip score listed for the new Japanese Akita Inu.
We tried the BVA and they said they hadn't yet got a figure and we should ask the KC for it.
As the KC stopped sending us press releases after we published the Little Black Dog Book (they also banned us from Crufts and wrote grumpy letters to the sponsor of the Booklet) we gathered a direct request for this information wasn't going to be likely to be tremendously successful!
So one of our number emailed posing as a person interested in the breed and wanting to know the breed average so she could choose a breeder carefully.
I have to say when the reply came I was gobsmacked! They wanted to charge £5 for telling our member of the public a hip score..... !
So much for helping the public do the right thing....