Hips vs. Elbows - German Shepherd Dog Forums
  • 1 Post By gsdluvr
  • 1 Post By cliffson1
  • 2 Post By sebrench
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
Master Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 547
Lightbulb Hips vs. Elbows

I can remember when the only thing we were concerned with was HD. Then we saw how important the elbows were.

I am beginning to believe the elbows can be even more of a problem than hips. Plenty of dogs with hips that don't pass certification, are quite capable and active way into old age. But the bad elbows, seem to be very debilitating earlier.

This is obviously a blanket statement. But I think the reason might be because the strong muscles that surround the hips, can often compensate for imperfect structure. Whereas, elbows lack those strong brace muscles. Plus, more of the dog's weight is carried by the front legs.

Any thoughts?
lhczth likes this.
gsdluvr is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 02:50 PM
Crowned Member
cliffson1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 5,446
I agree for a working dog.
lhczth likes this.
cliffson1 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 03:58 PM
Elite Member
sebrench's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,956
Our vet said that elbow dysplasia was worse than hip dysplasia because the front end of the dog carries more weight. I have no idea if other vets/experts would agree with him, but that is what we were told.
angelas and gsdluvr like this.
sebrench is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 12:14 AM
Elite Member
ausdland's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: SF Bay
Posts: 1,237
I'm way more concerned with elbows due to my pup having an intermittent front limp last year that has resolved. I'll let her jump up whatever she wants but don't let her jump down and try to slow her down with 'easy' when she's running downhill. Her prelims were excellent hips so I don't worry about her back end.
ausdland is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 06:53 AM
Crowned Member
cliffson1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 5,446
Why didn't you get prelims done on elbows at same time as hips? Sounds like your dog probably had pano when limping as pup. If the prelims on elbows were negative, there would be no reason for restraining the dog from normal up or down jumping. Just curious...this is a strong breed!
cliffson1 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

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


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

Email Address:


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