So I went to visit him yesterday. He's 2 years, 1 month old. He weighs 55lb's, but weighed 65lb's before he was taken out of training. The handeler said they prefer them smaller because their more versatile. His temperment is good, well behaved, and friendly. He's neutered, micro-chipped, had the surgery done so his stomach doesn't flip upside down. I don't know what breeder he came from other than he's purchased over seas at 1 year old. The military buys dogs based on their needs and don't pay much attention to the lines, etc.
The bad: it wasn't because of a broken tooth that made him unfit for duty, it's a skin allergy and dental attrition. He's been there for a year, but didn't develop the skin issue until 6 months of being there. From what I gather after speaking with the vet and reading through the 30 something pages of documention on him is that the skin allergy, or dermatitas, was bad but responded well to treatment. They said he needs a special food and baths with a special shampoo, along with some medicine they'd give me. They didn't specify what the allergy is, but I did read "chronic atopy".
I really don't know what to do. I like him a lot, but I also don't want to be one of those people spending thousands to resolve a skin issue...I don't have thousands to spend anyway. The handeler had told me they had a GSD they adopted out previously for the same reasons, and said his skin issues went away entirely after 3 months with the new family...that gave me a little hope. He said the dogs go through a lot of stress being in that type of enviornment. Ugh...I barely slept last night because I can't decide what to do.
Here's a brief of his issues and dates
22MAR12-fractured teeth, 204&304, resolved 27MAR12
22MAR12-Right Paracostal Gastropexy, resolved 23JUL12
27MAR12-root canal 104,204,304,404, resolved 27MAR12
23JUL12-Sent to Disposition board due to dental attrition. Unfit for duty
23JUL12-Severe generalized dermatitis, resolved 30JUL12
25SEP12-Scrotal ablation/orchiectomy, resolved 05OCT12
29OCT12-Malassezia dermatitis, resolved 03JAN12