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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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how old is old for a German Shepherd? mine is about nine years old and was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia in 2004 he is still going pretty strong but the age is starting to show getting up and down any suggestions?
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It all depends on your opinion of old. Also their mobility is a contributing factor of getting older. I would consider 9 plus a senior. Lifespan normally for a GSD is about 12 years give or take. There is even a club for GSD that make it to 13 years they get a certificate of some sort. Cute way to honor seniors at that age.

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the majority of my gsd's have lived until 12-13 years old.
They didn't start really slowing down until they hit about 11.

My aussies, they are still wild crazy little beasts one is 12 the other 11, I don't see them passing anytime to soon which is fine by me

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One of mine lived to 13.5 and died in her sleep. Another lived to almost 12.

Your dog should be on something like Dasuquin for his elbows/hips, and salmon oil too.


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A Boxer's average life is 10 years...mine is over 12. Collie's? 12-14 years. I had to put mine to sleep at 14 1/2 years because of pain from his hips.

Every dog is different. Do what you can to help their discomfort and don't worry about it. Just enjoy every day.

I really like the Dasuquin with MSM that I get from Amazon. I also really like the supplements that I bought from Carmen at carmspack.com.




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Daisy will be 13 this coming nov. She didnot seem to age until this past year after her 11th bday. She seems to be in pain only after she lays on the hard wood floor too long. Lucky is around 10 ,we got him 9 years ago on presidents day weekend. He just got some grey on his muzzlethis summer.
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Mine's 10 and still has plenty of life and mobility. He wrestles with his "brother", walks 2 miles a day, and plays fetch daily. He's also on a holistic joint regimen. I think average lifespam is 12-14 years, but my holistic vet says GSDs at their practice usually make 14-15


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Lucky still plays ball till your arm drops, runs and jumps. He just now though has decided that dog beds are good to nap on.
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My last female lived until she was 12. My last male lived till he was 11. Both were backyard breeder dogs so I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it.

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There is even a club for GSD that make it to 13 years they get a certificate of some sort. Cute way to honor seniors at that age.

The Thirteen (13) Club
They just have to make it to (past) their 12th birthday to be in the 13 club. Diva lived to a few months past her 12th birthday, unfortunately I thought the 13 club was for dogs that lived PAST 13. By the time I learned the truth, it was too late to have Diva in it.

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