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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-20-2015, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Achondroplasia in the GSD?

A vet friend just sent me a message asking me that question (since apparently I am the GSD "expert")

He just received a 5 month old patient and he got impressed of how short her limbs are. His description was a Basset GSD. I sent him information about the pituitary dwarfism of the GSD, but I haven't been able to find references of achondroplasia in the breed.

Has anyone ever heard of such in the German Shepherd Dog?

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I have not. Probably a corgi/GSD cross.

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Yes I have. My son has achondroplasia and I remember reading a GSD Breed book that talked about achondroplasia in German Shepherds. My son thought it was pretty cool. In humans, the achondroplastic gene is caused by a genetic mutation and is a dominant gene. I found this link on achondroplasia in dogs. Bone Deformity and Dwarfism in Dogs | petMD

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My friend sent me pictures and while it's less extreme than what I thought thet still give me the impression it may be a case of dwarfism.

Thanks for the links! I'm sending them to him.






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Very interesting. I have seen and heard if pituitary dwarfism, but never achondroplasia is GSD. There are lots of breeds that are purposely bred for it, bassets, dandies, corgis.

But that dog is not normal. I would love to hear if there are blood or genetic testing to determine what the problem is.

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it doesn't look like a pituitary dwarf .

definitely something wrong with this poor dog.

I don't believe the bridge of the muzzle is right either .

wonder if there is some problem with being undershot.

In one of the merck veterinary books (30 years ago) I remember seeing a section which showed dogs (and livestock) with the results of mineral diffeciency , zinc and selenium .
I did a quick read up a few years ago when I was asked to participate in a Raw and Vegan festival and wanted to be prepared to argue against dogs being fed a vegan or vegetarian diet .
Bone deformity like this dogs are possible if they and or especially if their dams had a low meat or poor quality over processed meat diet or a diet high in grains with phytates (unsprouted rice or unrinsed rice) or soy and grains that are the base of cheap dog food -- or vegan or vegetarian dogs.

It would be interesting to see what this dog's diet is , although he/she looks well nourished .
So even more interesting to see would be what his breeder fed the dam before and during pregnancy .

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vitamin D deficiency can cause bowed legs and swollen joints - not a problem with this dog as it looks more like a disproportion of the length of the radius and ulna .

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This is what this dog eats. Maybe not to your standards, but one of the best dog foods available in Chile.

JOSERA Junior Premium Dog Food

While I've heard they exist, I've never seen a Corgi in Chile, even less in a town like Valdivia so the possibilities of a cross are slim to none.

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I'm going to investigate about zinc and selenium deficiencies. Selenium is something we studied a lot on vet school because the acidic soils on our region causes the pastures to be deficient on it. I saw myself a couple of calves and a foal who was born with Zenker Disease and finally died and the clinic pictures doesn't seem to fit. Those were muscular dystrophies that looked like deformities, not growing alterations.

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