Ok, NICE. well i wasnt sure about it. Thanks for responding so quickly! As far as the breeder goes, She didnt want to put the puppy/ puppies down. The Owners had it done. Im not sure about Both, but i know for a fact one of them was put down. I also dont know if it was because it was an extreme case? But one would think, being that the dog survived doing well for that long that it wouldt be an extreme case?? Im not to sure about it. Just was worried about my baby boy, max! haha Good to know, and SEE that they can end up doing everything a normal GSD can do. :]
GENERALLY (always?) if the puppy makes it thru 8 weeks and is 100% healthy and like the rest of the litter when sold, then it is in grouping that not only will be a healthy and normal adult... BUT MAY ACTUALLY GROW OUT OF THE CONDITION!
While you absolutely do not want to breed the same bitch/sire again. And you absolutely want to spay/neuter the puppies that have the condition. The puppies that have it that are sickly BEFORE 8 weeks tend to not do well and need the Bailey chair, and also do not grow out of this. These puppies are the ones that need to usually be managed, watched and worried the rest of their lives.
But the puppies that are normal/thriving up to 8 weeks are the ones that pretty much grow up to normal adults!
Breeders can be idiots about this too. I had a huge argument about 8 years ago at the GSDCA Nationals with a woman who was some famous La-De-Da breeder of AKC showline dogs. She TOLD me all mega pups need to be killed because she KNEW they all got sick and died....
So I have my healthy and Top Agility Dog Elsa Rose standing right beside me at the end of the leash while she's telling me this. Elsa was probably at least 5 years old at this time and we were there for the 2 day agility trial. She was right there as healthy as can be, never sick a day of her life from mega, and I knew both her brothers (also born with it) were also currently 100% fine. My personal experience with this, I'd say, was pretty high.
While ya think I changed this woman's mind at all? A woman who would kill her healthy puppy if it had it, and would tell anyone with a healthy puppy to do the same? She 'knew' the dog would get sick (eventually?
) so knew it would save this same puppy the trauma of being ill
some vague time in the distant future.... I thought my head would explode/spin off my head when I realized that she absolutely knew she was right and I was wrong and nothing I could say or show her would prevent the death of healthy puppies in her lines or other breeders she had influence with
BUT YOUR DOG SHOULD BE FINE!!!!