Tried to find the best place to post this, so move is necessary. Also, I'm sure this has probably been discussed before, but I'm not digging through threads, so if someone knows of a direct link, feel free to send me there and end the discussion now....
Anyway...I took Riley to the dog park the morning, and while on the small dog side, I noticed a Shepherd on the larger dog side. I yelled over to the woman if I could say "Hi" and she said, "Of course, come on over". So Riley and I made our way over to say hi. The lady told me his name and that he was about ten years old. He was most definitely a Showline GSD, and when I went to pet him said that I should stay away from his "bad hips".
Koda, is most definitely not
a Showline GSD, from what I've learned from this forum. He appears to be more East German or DDR? (I'm no expert in bloodlines, but I do know there's a difference there).
My question is this: Are Showline GSD's more prone to HD than other bloodlines, or is it just luck of the draw? This may be a silly question, but I'm serious. I honestly don't know the answer. My Koda is four years old now and I've never thought to have his hips checked out as he's shown no sign of pain/discomfort/awkward gait. I'd like to have them checked out eventually, but should I do it soon? I'd like to know if he's at just as much risk as any other GSD for HD.
Any info is appreciated.