|10-16-2013 01:59 PM|
|Msmaria||My boy has hd and hes a fast runner. Hes like a bat out of **** as soon as we get him tbrough the dog park gate. Therefore I wouldnt worry just because your guy runs slow. It could just be his personality or hes still young. Even at 9 months theyre still goofy runners. Just keep an eye on him and dont force run him on a leash.|
|10-16-2013 10:36 AM|
GSD puppies are incredibly lanky and have extremely weird proportions when they're growing. They are extremely slow at that age because they just can't figure out how to use their long legs at this point in their life. My dog...couldn't run until he was a good 8 months old. He'd still do the hopping, awkward, puppy run until he realized how to better use his limbs. The sitting...just a puppy thing and I've seen dogs that don't grow out of it until they are a year old, and some never grow out of it unless they are forced to by their trainer.
The weak back end, and the pointed in hocks, might be more genetics than HD. Depends on the line, the breeding, ect. It's a lot of genetics at this point that will tell you how quickly the dog develops and how it develops. Your best bet would be to contact your breeder and ask if this is normal, or if they have seen this from either the dam or the sire when they were younger and if they grow out of it. At this point, I don't see any reason to be concerned about HD.
|10-16-2013 08:05 AM|
Yeah he has no pain that I'm aware of. I do notice that he uses his front legs mainly to get off the ground. Hopefully this is just a puppy phase and he will grow out of it.
He's also incredibly slow when running. I'm not fast by any means and I'm pretty sure I would beat him in a foot race. My friends 5 mo gold retriever basically runs circles around him. Will his speed come around soon too?
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|10-16-2013 07:59 AM|
My female GSD mix exhibited signs of HD early, not nearly as young as your dog though. I think she was about ten months old before we realized what was going on.
Some of the clues we saw were lameness after intense exercise, limited range of motion and signs of pain when we moved her back legs, and struggling to get to her feet after she had been laying down (her front legs doing all the work of getting up). We could also so a marked difference in the way she moved when we compared it to our other dog, kind of hard to put into words, but Niko's movement was much more fluid and effortless.
I don't know a whole lot about puppies and the awkward stages, but I think I would just wait and see if I were you. The only way to diagnose HD is with an x-ray. If you wait to get him neutered until he is a year old, you can ask for x-rays of his hips (and elbows if you are curious) to be done at the same time while he is under anesthesia. That should give you peace of mind if they look good, or alert you to a potential problem.
The biggest red flags (to me) are pain and lameness, and so far you aren't seeing that, so I would just wait and try not to worry too much.
|10-16-2013 07:42 AM|
When to be concerned about HD
My gsd puppy is just a little over five months now and I believe he does have some signs of HD. He does the frog sit, his back end is still pretty weak, and his hocks are pointed inward somewhat.
I know a lot of things can be attributed to him being a puppy still, but at what age should I start being concerned? I know puppies go through an awkward phase but some of this stuff scares me.
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