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Old 04-17-2010, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do either of these have more health problems than the black and tans? I wouldnt think the black ones would but what about the white shepherds?
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think so. White GSD's aren't albino so no specific health issues.
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Nope. Some people think so I have seen many white GSDs, and are perfectly healthy. I have a black GSD, he is just as healthy as our black & tan GSD, Molly.
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Nope - no health problems due solely to these 2 colors.
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I've never heard of any health issues in the GSD breed that are linked to color.
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hmmmm........white dogs are more prone to vaccine reactions, per Jean Dodds - something about the genetic structure of white. But I haven't seen an abundance of white GSDs in the health forum from this, though that could be because there are fewer white GSDs around. Anecdotally I haven't seen it...
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Lisa could this be because the WGSD's white coat is not controlled by a color gene but by a masking gene - in other words, they carry colors genes like sables, b/ts, blacks, bi's, whatever just like a normal color GSD?
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Lisa could this be because the WGSD's white coat is not controlled by a color gene but by a masking gene - in other words, they carry colors genes like sables, b/ts, blacks, bi's, whatever just like a normal color GSD?
Eek, I know ziltch about genetics, but, I have an inkling of understanding....and maybe?

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Twenty years ago, this author began studying families of dogs with an apparent increased frequency of immune mediated hematological disease (i. e., AIHA, ITP, or both). 1,2
Among the more commonly recognized predisposed breeds were the Akita, American cocker spaniel, German shepherd dog, golden retriever, Irish setter, Great Dane, Kerry blue terrier, and all dachshund and poodle varieties; but predisposition was found especially in the standard poodle, longhaired dachshund, Old English sheepdog, Scottish terrier, Shetland sheepdog, shih tzu, vizsla, and Weimaraner, as well asbreeds of white or predominantly white coat color or with coat color dilution (e. g., blue and fawn Doberman pinschers, the merle collie, Australian shepherd, Shetland sheepdog, and harlequin Great Dane). 13 Recently, other investigators have noted the relatively high frequency of AIHA, ITP, or both in American cocker spaniels 10 and Old English sheepdogs. 13 A significant proportion of these animals had been vaccinated with monovalent or polyvalent vaccines within the 30 to 45day period prior to the onset of their autoimmune disease. 1,2,10 Furthermore, the same breeds listed above appear to be more susceptible to other adverse vaccine reactions, particularly postvaccinal seizures, high fevers, and painful episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD).
From here: Dogs Predisposed to Vaccine Reactions


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Hmm that's interesting.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have had white shepherds for 10 years, and none of them had any reactions to vaccines. I can only speak from experience, as I don't know anything about the genetics of the breed. Our last white shepherd had to be put down at 12 as he had a neurological disorder. He just couldn't stand any longer. We're still devastated over losing Tookey. We have 2 more white shepherds, along with 2 german shepherds, and 10 other mixed breeds. So far, the white shepherds are very healthy. My 10 year old just has arthritis.
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