cow hocks are a result of the dog's conformation.
you can improve ligament and cartilage , but the dog will be cow hocked because of his anatomy
taken from this discussion https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e-problem.html
wow -- okay then, 11 months , since we are days away from Aug 8. His colour may keep on changing , getting lighter . The problem is his hocks are cow hocked. Best way to explain it is by a set of illustrations done by my friend Linda Shaw who is back to posting observations on her blog as of yesterday. About German Shepherd Dog : GSD Hindquarters | Hindquarters in German Shepherds
excerpt from same "
, is again another serious fault in German Shepherds. Cow Hock is a condition where the hocks tend to turn towards each other. Cow hock can be a result of any of the two conditions…
Cow hock due to the entire leg turned out from the hip. In this case the dog tends to stand slightly wider on the rear lags, with the stifle and toes slightly extended outward. Such a condition is considered as normal if the bones in the related areas are straight in connection to each other.
Cow hock due to twisting inward of the hock and the stifle joints. Such a condition affects the gait or locomotion of the dog, which in turn adversely influence the working ability of the dog. Cow hock due to due to twisting inward of the hock and the stifle joints can only happen if the bones are twisted, which cannot be considered normal. It is a serious fault."
when the hock is brought towards the center and the feet thrown outward you are broadening the base of support .
It is a fault because it impairs prolonged movement . "
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quote "suggested doing the x ray , not so much for the hips but for the spine --- I am thinking Lumbosacral stenosis , not uncommon in west german show lines , which the SV is abundantly aware of by the way !
I don't mean to scare you . May be totally off the mark .
Do have a look because it will inform you and allow you to make decisions which will contribute to your dog's well being.
Lumbosacral stenosis is a spinal condition of dogs and Cats
Lumbosacral Stenosis (Cauda Equina Syndrome) in Dogs