Post # 1
Fiance and I want a dog soon. I know it probably won’t happen for a while, but I can’t help but do my research.
I’ve always wanted a German Shepherd something. Maybe a mix from a shelter, purebred whatever.
Assuming you got a purebred, how are you supposed to know about the hip dysplasia? Like at the shelter, you would take a gamble, but do good breeders know that their dogs are healthy?
How much was your purebred GS from a GOOD breeder?
Share pics if you like! (anything shepherd goes hahah)
Post # 3
Honestly I grew up around GSD’s and every one I knew had hip problems. And they were from different breeders.
Post # 4
But hip problems just when they got old, or through their whole life?
Post # 5
I grew up with a GSD/lab mix who we had to put down at 12 due to hip issues. He didn’t start having issues until later in life. I currently own a Belgian Shepherd who is 7 and she has no issues…. yet.
Post # 6
We had a pure bred german shepherd from a shelter, and he did not have any hip problems. I suppose we just got lucky?
The PP that said their dog had to be put down at age 12: that’s actually really old for a large breed like GS, so i’d say that’s actually pretty lucky, as well.
Post # 7
Me me me!
Shepherds are a very special breed…lol
First off are you ready to have a High energy /high needs dog? You absolutely can not skip out on daily excercise physical and mental ( though a very Senior aged dog may be different). However they are extremely intelligent, so being quick learners is a great plus than can help even out with the intensity factor.
Shepherd rescues are a great place to start as many people buy from breeders and get forclosed on, or what not and need to get rid of them. Most shepherd resuces are extremely picky! Your going to need a tall fenced in yard and for some dogs ( ex military, police, protection trained etc), previous shepherd or large breed dog experience is needed.
Most any deep chested or large breed is a risk for hip dysplasia. A lot of times its a not IF question but when with hip problems. As far as breeders- do you research and be prepared to pay alot of money for it done RiGHT. There will be tons of “craigslist” breeders, who are just backyard peeps passing of poorly bred but sometimes paperd pups.
I’m all for adopting! And I always recommend this over paying out for a breeder with so many great dogs being put down. Your right it is part of a gamble, but with the right commitment and training you can make it work. As far as health, just get a good screening/work up.
I recommend spending some time at http://www.germanshepherds.com and the forum. Wonderful resources and gives you a good idea of what you are getting yourself into and all the options and latest news in the GSD world.
Post # 8
I would say between 5 & 8 is when it usually started. With that being said I love GSD’s and would love to have another one. A mix maybe instead of full bred. Although I do love white ones.
Post # 9
@crayfish: Oh yeah. I didn’t mean for it to sounds like 12 wasn’t long enough. He definitely lived a long, healthy life before his issues got bad. I think he was 9-10 when it started.
OP, they are definitely worth is. GSD are the BEST dogs. I would love to own another one.
This is my Belgian baby, Chloe. She’s in the states with my parents and I miss her lots.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We plan to add a GSD to our family next summer. We’re planning to go through a breeder. AKC has breeder links, and that’s where I was thinking of starting. We’ll also immediately be getting pet insurasnce that covers hip dysplasia, since it is such a prevalent issue with GSDs. We want a dog for protection and for companionship for the other dog that we will be assuming care of as soon as we get into our permanent house. The house we are currently working on a deal for has an acre, which we hope will be enough space for training and exercise. We’ll see!
Post # 11
@Eva Peron: Your post helped us a lot make our decision about getting a German Shepherd! 🙂