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Old 02-07-2009, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just got our puppy yesterday, from a good breeder with good references.

She weighs just 11.6 lbs, but she seems rolly. She will be 8 weeks tomorrow. The breeder said there were no runts in the litter, but looking at her weight, she seems a lot smaller than normal.

I'm not sure if this is an issue, but she is walking funny. Like her back feet just don't want to work right. I take her out to potty and she wobbles around and then just kind of flops down on her one hip when she is done wobbling... she doesn't seem to be in pain or anything.

Any ideas?
I'm not sure if this is normal or not... We've never had a GS before.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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at 8 weeks? i wouldnt worry too much. puppies are just naturally chubby and clumsy lol
maybe a video would help tho, if it really is a strange walk, it could be something more serious.

a trip to the vet is prob a good idea
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'll take a little video next time we go out.
She'll be going to the vet for the microchip, so I'll definitely find out then.

Is her weight ok for her age?
I was looking at the charts, and wasn't exactly sure how to read it. At 2 mos, it says she should weigh 16.6 lbs, but I am not sure if that means at 8 weeks, or by the end of the second month....
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have a photo of the pup and maybe of the parents? Does the breeder have a website? Some lines of GSD are very angulated at the rear and can be wobbly. Since you just got your pup, you should have a first vet visit coming up within a couple days, right? Make sure you go and ask your vet all these questions.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well Jesse is a male and when he was 8 weeks old he was the smallest of the males in the litter and was 14.5 lbs - he was fine and healthy.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here's the dad:
http://royalair.org/codypics.html
Here's the mom:
http://royalair.org/anny.html

We'll be going to the vet this week, so I will definitely bring up my concerns.

Here's a picture of her:


Here's a video of her little wobble: click the image. There are a couple more videos too... see how she kind of flops over on her turns? It just doesn't seem right....
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Her video definately shows some concern. Her gait is very off and she really shouldn't fall so constantly like that.

On other note, her Sire is an extemely overside GSD, not what they are ment to be and that puts huge strain on his joints/hips and he can pass such on to his pups if they get to be that size.

Secondly is the mom only 10 months old?? It looks like they bred her with just prelims instead of waiting for her to turn 2 years old and get her official OFA done, not a good thing.

Let us know how she makes out at the vet
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You haven't named her yet?

I agree, her back legs are not working correctly and I too would be very concerned. I would be even more concerned that the breeder did not notice, unless all of the pups walk like this?

According to the mother's DOB she was bred at less than a year old. That is very much NOT the mark of a good breeder!!!!!!!! The mother isn't even done growing yet and they have no idea whether or not she will have health problems, etc. Furthermore, the dad is absolutely huge!!!! He is about 50 pounds over the breed standard for males!!!!


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Old 02-07-2009, 07:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I haven't talked to the breeder yet. She was shipped to me from Iowa. I'll call her now.
Have any idea what thie problem might be?
Can anyone look over the guarantee and see if this might be covered?
We paid $1300 for this puppy plus shipping and that's a lot of money...

http://royalair.org/gaurentee%20royalair.htm
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Oh, and her name is Scout
I'm madly in love with her already and this is making me very sad.
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