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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf German Shepherd Dog

While reading about the GSD, I came across the term "Dwarf German Shepherd dog". Having never heard of it, I looked it up and voila! There it was. I found one website in particular that had a lot of pictures of dwarf GSDs, and although it's in German, it's fairly self-explanatory. The website is: Pppy - Deutscher Schferhund - Zwergwuchs

Has anyone ever heard of this before? I read that they come with a lot of health problems, but they can live long and happy lives with proper care. They're pretty adorable! Anyone ever seen one/owned one?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 01:26 PM
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It's a genetic mutation and definitely not something that should be bred for. From my understanding, they usually only live short and health plagued lives.
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what Paul said.

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I read that. I certainly wouldn't want to breed for the mutation, I just had never heard of it before and thought it was interesting! Didn't know if others on the forum were familiar with it and thought I'd share.
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I think they look like weird Pomeranians to me.

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I think they look like weird Pomeranians to me.
I agree, Pomeranian/Fox.
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I agree, Pomeranian/Fox.
Yeaa!!! The fox part is what I was thinking! I just sat and stared at it trying to figure out what it reminded me of!

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Hmm, very strange. Definitely not a fan.
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Im not a breed standard person but it seems wrong,cute but wrong.The great thing about GSD puppies is they grow up to be medium to large beautiful dogs who are still puppies to their close loved ones.As for them being short lived; 10 to 14 years is to short all ready.
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From what I have read about them they usually do not live long and happy lives, they are plagued with health problems and a shortened lifespan... They also tend to lose their hair due to hormone imbalances, and this can come with itchy/sore skin as well.

There are some types of dwarfism in dogs (ie achondroplasia) where the dogs are fairly normal/healthy. However the type that is generally found in GSDs is not one, it is connected with severe health issues.


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