All purebred dogs are predisposed to certain illnesses and health issues. This arises from the selective breeding that originally took place to produce the purebred dog. Unfortunately, all large breed dogs, including the German Shepherd are at risk for developing hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a congenital malformation of the ball and socket joint of the hip. A dog may or may not become lame because of the disease, depending upon it's severity. Although there is no guarantee that a puppy will not get hip dysplasia, we are making every effort to avoid such an occurrence with selective breeding. Genetics, proper nutrition and weight control share the role in the development and occurrence rate of dysplasia. Puppies have growth plates in the elbows that do not seal until after 8 months of age and should therefore not be expected to participate in extended walks, runs or hikes, rough play with their families and other pets, until these plates have sealed. Undue stress upon the joints prior to 15 months can contribute to environmentally produced dysplasia. All GSD puppies under one year of age should be kept somewhat lean in mass to allow for proper hip development to occur naturally without the undue stress of excess fat. We cannot guarantee our puppies and dogs to be completely free of Hip or Elbow Dysplasia, no one can completely remove the risk however, we can and have greatly reduced the risk through our selective breeding practices and educating buyers on nutrition and care!
Please refer to the Health Risks Tab above and read the "LIFE SAVING INFO" to learn more about how we, as people contribute to Hip & Elbow Dysplasia as a result of Environmental Contributions in addition to genetic causes. There is also more information on Xray processes, OFA Certifications and Preliminary results. If you are purchasing a German Shepherd from us you will be required to sign a statement verifying you have read and understand the "Life Saving Info" Link for your benefit as well as your dogs, so why wait?
We also recommend supplementing your German Shepherd with Dasuquin With MSM to support healthy joints.
This information is provided through years of research and should be considered opinion and is not to take the place of your regular veterinary care.