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    Default Won't get this Breed again.

    Hi Guys,

    Haven't been on for a while... I have made a decision not to own another GSD. It's a sad day as I love this Breed but they have far too many Health problems.

    I have owned three GSDs who have had three different Health problems...so it's just not bad luck. Chloe developed an ear infection a few months after we got her and have been treating it for the last two years and will for the rest of her life.

    Vet said GSDs have a lot of Health problems (I knew that) especially skin and ear problems...not to mention Cancer (Hemangiosarcoma) which is very common in GSDs and kills many. If your GSD lives to Ten then you're lucky...my GSD Rex is nearly 12 yrs old (Skin problems) so I'm very very lucky but he now has wobbley back legs and his eye sight isn't good now. He went to the vet twice this year...once for a check up and a few weeks ago for his C5...on both visits we saw two new vets and both asked what was wrong with his back legs...it seems they've never seen an old GSD.

    I was reading the Welfare Report in Shepherd News which said some Breeders now just breed for the money and don't care about health or temperament...I think thats been going on for many years. It also said some breeders won't take back or help with dogs they have bred that have been rescued from the pound.

    Since I did knew the Breed had many Health problems...I always hoped it wouldn't be mine but thats not reality...it's just being stupid...end of rant.
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    Health problems are one reason I don't think I'd own a GSD... Absolutely beautiful dogs, but they have far too many health problems for my liking.

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    It shouldnt be that way should it. I remember healthy strong GSDS back when I was a child. Where I lived they were heavily used by the police force as working dogs.

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    I work with working line gsds.. I haven't had the same issue with them.. The show lines have terrible health often because there is a draw towards looks and not health (one of the reasons I dislike show practices).. Yes, I suppose indiscriminate breeding would contribute to bad health too. It's a real shame.. Present Germans have less drive and health.. In order to get any quality german shepherds, we're forced to import from Europe.. Where dogs are used and bred properly... Not for the show ring.
    Do you know your dogs heritage, by chance? Show or working?

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    Regardless of show, working lines or where they come from...cancer (Hemangiosarcoma) doesn't discriminate and neither does all the other Health problems this Breed has. I have owned GSDs for 12 yrs but there comes a time when you say enough is enough and I started this thread to warn people who might be thinking of getting a GSD what could happen to them...or should I say will happen to them.
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    It's sad isn't it. My grandparents used to have GSD's and they were all very strong and healthy dogs. German police used to work solely with GSD's due to their intelligence and strength. This is no longer the case apparently because of their numerous health issues. They're now being preplaced with Malinois.

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    It is a shame. A lot of GSD's i see now seem to sit low at the back too. All i can think of is the hip issues they must have.

    Dogman ....join the club mate. I'm a real Mastiff lover now and it breaks me to hear of so many Mastiffs lost to cancer and other health problems. 8 is meant to be a good innings for a BM but these days alot dont make it past 5.

    Damn you cancer !!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    It is a shame. A lot of GSD's i see now seem to sit low at the back too. All i can think of is the hip issues they must have.

    Dogman ....join the club mate. I'm a real Mastiff lover now and it breaks me to hear of so many Mastiffs lost to cancer and other health problems. 8 is meant to be a good innings for a BM but these days alot dont make it past 5.

    Damn you cancer !!!
    That would be too heartbreaking for me to think that there was a good chance of losing a dog at 5yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Dogman ....join the club mate. I'm a real Mastiff lover now and it breaks me to hear of so many Mastiffs lost to cancer and other health problems. 8 is meant to be a good innings for a BM but these days alot dont make it past 5.

    Damn you cancer !!!
    I didn't know Bull Mastiff's had such a short life expectancy!! I guess its kind of expected with those giant breeds....

    My friend got a Great Dane pup a couple of years after I got Koda... but Koda will most likely out live her...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    I didn't know Bull Mastiff's had such a short life expectancy!! I guess its kind of expected with those giant breeds....

    My friend got a Great Dane pup a couple of years after I got Koda... but Koda will most likely out live her...
    It shouldn't be "expected" of giant breeds.

    Its a crime what is happening to "our" breeds but is happening more and more often that people will no longer have this or that breed due to health 1st and temperament or other reasons 2nd.
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