Are his legs supposed to look like this? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
aurybq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tooele, Utah
Posts: 44
Are his legs supposed to look like this?

I have a puppy almost 5 months old. This is the first GSD I've ever owned so I dont know, but are his hind legs supposed to be like pointing towards each other like this?Are his legs supposed to look like this?-1383412992742.jpgAre his legs supposed to look like this?-1383412982952.jpgAre his legs supposed to look like this?-1383412973917.jpgAre his legs supposed to look like this?-1383412960246.jpgAre his legs supposed to look like this?-1383412948244.jpg

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
aurybq is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 01:38 PM
Crowned Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: SouthEastern WI
Posts: 14,168
It's referred to as being 'cow hocked' and while it isn't desirable it can be common in young dogs. Hopefully he will grow out of it.

I would contact the breeder and ask them if the other puppies are showing signs of this.
Lauri & The Gang is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
aurybq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tooele, Utah
Posts: 44
Is there anyway I could help improve his legs or help him out grow this? Or is this a whatever happens, happens situation?

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
aurybq is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 03:56 PM
Elite Member
 
trcy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,514
All the pictures are of him bending down eating or drinking. How does he look when he walks? Or just stands normal? I onlt ask because I have seen my puppy's, who is almost 5 months old, legs do that while bending down to eat, but he stands and walks just fine.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Riley - 11/05/2012-8/30/2013 (Myasthenia Gravis)
He will always be in my heart.
trcy is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 04:00 PM
Knighted Member
 
Msmaria's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
Posts: 2,319
Heres a thread on cow hock exercises. You can also do a search above. From what ive read many dogs out grow it. https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ocked-dog.html
Msmaria is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 04:02 PM
Junior Member
 
WestCoastGSD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sun City, CA
Posts: 43
This is the age when this is the most prominent, their ligaments are like spaghetti at this age when they are growing so fast. It may correct with age or he may always turn in a little, swimming can help with this but no guarantees. It has nothing to do with the conformation of the hip joints no matter what anyone may tell you so don't let people freak you out telling you he's going to be or is dysplastic or have knee problems. Let him grow up and then see how he looks. It's not recommended to do any hip x-rays prior to one year of age. This is also the age when growing pains (Panosteitis) can show up, lowering the protein in the food will help to correct this as well.

West Coast German Shepherds
3xVA Randy vom Leithawald SchH3 & V1 Zamp von der Urbecke 6xSchH3 - HD/ED-DM N/N

WestCoastGSD is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
aurybq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tooele, Utah
Posts: 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by trcy View Post
All the pictures are of him bending down eating or drinking. How does he look when he walks? Or just stands normal? I onlt ask because I have seen my puppy's, who is almost 5 months old, legs do that while bending down to eat, but he stands and walks just fine.
Hes drinking here but he walks with his legs together like this too.

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
aurybq is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
aurybq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tooele, Utah
Posts: 44
I'll try lowering the protein in his food and see if he'll take to swimming. Infact I think your German Shepherd Zamp is his grandpa.
Thank you for the info!

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
aurybq is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 07:02 PM
Junior Member
 
WestCoastGSD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sun City, CA
Posts: 43
Only lower the protein if he is limping, having growing pains. He should be eating a Large Breed puppy food, formulated for large breeds.

Zamp could be his grandpa, although he doesn't have very many grandkids yet, could be you are thinking of Zamp vom Thermodos.

West Coast German Shepherds
3xVA Randy vom Leithawald SchH3 & V1 Zamp von der Urbecke 6xSchH3 - HD/ED-DM N/N

WestCoastGSD is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
aurybq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tooele, Utah
Posts: 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by WestCoastGSD View Post
Only lower the protein if he is limping, having growing pains. He should be eating a Large Breed puppy food, formulated for large breeds.

Zamp could be his grandpa, although he doesn't have very many grandkids yet, could be you are thinking of Zamp vom Thermodos.
I was feeding him raw but I have Lloyal puppy food so I'll start feeding him only that for now

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
aurybq is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome