Handsome'r by the Day
(Long Island, New York)
I got my German Shepherd baby when he was 8 weeks old and instantly fell in love with my puppy. He's 1 1/2 years old now, weighs 92 lbs and is one of those 'very tall shepherds. I worry why he grew so tall? He was neutered at 6 months of age...does that have something to do with him getting tall?
They did his X-ray's at that time and he showed mild HIP Dysplasia. I would hate to see him in pain & the thought kills me inside...so far he's active, gallops like a horse in our backyard and shows absolutely no signs of any pain or discomfort. What can I do to keep him like this for a long time...
I just hope he stays healthy. Loves to play in the water, is addicted to bacon strip treats and whines and moans when you don't listen to him. So very intelligent and understands so many words in two languages.
Mostly Obedient but sometimes ignores you totally and I have to raise my voice a bit. Has brought so much joy in our house and has such positive energy that the happiness wears off on everyone in the house!! Total German Shepherd
My best advice to you about the hip issues is to keep him lean
. If he gets too heavy that will be a bad thing for his joints - especially the hips - so keep him lean and he'll have a much easier time of it.
Also, Glucosamine Powder, liquid or pills is a lifesaver for joint problems. I put all my adult GSDs on it - especially once they get past about 4-6 years old.
Just keep an eye on him for signs of pain - GSDs are very stoic and it takes a trained eye to know when they're in pain sometimes. Good luck with your teenager!