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Old 11-25-2012, 08:42 AM   #41 (permalink)
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The downward slope has much to do with how the dog is stacked. It also has to do with breeding, but there are many very moderate looking dogs that are completely pure-bred. Good thing too! Over doing the sloping back (which is really a function of the length of the back leg bones and the angles of the joints), can really impact a dog's ability to move around in a normal fashion.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:27 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Ah thanks for the explanation. I thought him having a straight back meant that he probably wasn't a pure bread.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:25 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Just got him micro chipped over at Petco and got him vaccinated according to Dr. Dodds list. The staff fell in love with him and actually told me he's quite large for 5 months?? He has to get a rabbies shot on his next visit. Its the law they stated. Once he hits 6 months Im going to get him neutered. Im not crazy about snipping but from I have always heard its healthier for him and why not since obviously he's not going to do the nice nice. Also my wife and I noticed his hind legs seem a lot better now then the day we got him.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:51 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Ah thanks for the explanation. I thought him having a straight back meant that he probably wasn't a pure bread.
Just so know it's purebred ... not bread ... you can't toast your dog

I'll post a pic of my GSD ... who has quite the straight back, and is most definitely a purebred!
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Just so know it's purebred ... not bread ... you can't toast your dog

I'll post a pic of my GSD ... who has quite the straight back, and is most definitely a purebred!
Hahaha didn't even notice! Thanks for pointing that out. Actually he has the color of toast black and brown lol.

Great looking dog! I have to admit its a bit confusing with all these different lines of GSD's. Wish I had his papers.

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:12 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Just got him micro chipped over at Petco and got him vaccinated according to Dr. Dodds list. The staff fell in love with him and actually told me he's quite large for 5 months?? He has to get a rabbies shot on his next visit. Its the law they stated. Once he hits 6 months Im going to get him neutered. Im not crazy about snipping but from I have always heard its healthier for him and why not since obviously he's not going to do the nice nice. Also my wife and I noticed his hind legs seem a lot better now then the day we got him.
Please let him grow up before you neuter him...he needs those hormones to develop properly. UNLESS you cannot be responsible for him escaping and causing an oops litter, there is no reason to rush to neuter. My male is 3.5 and intact, you'd never know it from his attitude, he is well behaved and doesn't mark inappropriately
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You should call him raisin bread then LMAO ... he's a cutie!!! I'm sure once he gets good food, lots of exercise and all that jazz, he'll grow up to be a great looking dog! Just remember he's going to go through growth spurts. So one day he'll look super lanky and gawky and you'll be like: what the heck??? And then a couple of weeks later he'll fill out! All part of the natural development from puppy hood to adult hood .. (remember when you were a developing teenager ... same thing for your pup!)

Enjoy these moments, they are precious and definitely frustrating at times, but those precious moments far outweigh the frustrating ones!!!!
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Please let him grow up before you neuter him...he needs those hormones to develop properly. UNLESS you cannot be responsible for him escaping and causing an oops litter, there is no reason to rush to neuter. My male is 3.5 and intact, you'd never know it from his attitude, he is well behaved and doesn't mark inappropriately
I second Onyx. It is responsible to get him neutered, however wait until his immune system has fully matured - also - no surgeries with 6 months of a vaccination.
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You should call him raisin bread then LMAO ... he's a cutie!!! I'm sure once he gets good food, lots of exercise and all that jazz, he'll grow up to be a great looking dog! Just remember he's going to go through growth spurts. So one day he'll look super lanky and gawky and you'll be like: what the heck??? And then a couple of weeks later he'll fill out! All part of the natural development from puppy hood to adult hood .. (remember when you were a developing teenager ... same thing for your pup!)

Enjoy these moments, they are precious and definitely frustrating at times, but those precious moments far outweigh the frustrating ones!!!!
Yeah I bet and I'm looking forward to it. Frustrating ain't the word. Woke up at 6 to poop and pee in his crate and I took him out 2am! Had to give him a second bath in four days. Don't want to dry out his skin but can't have him smelling like pee either. Five months and can't control his bladder and pooping. Guess he was used to releaving himself and laying in it since he was chained up all day and night.

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I second Onyx. It is responsible to get him neutered, however wait until his immune system has fully matured - also - no surgeries with 6 months of a vaccination.
Great then Ill wait till he is a year. Thanks for the tips.
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Your vet will push for neuter, so be ready. There are threads on that subject too!
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