German Shepherd Health and Genetic Conditions
Overall German Shepherds are Healthy, Hardy individuals and when they're equipped with the correct coat, can withstand the harshest of conditions! Ideally all individuals would be healthy and live out a long happy life, but unfortunately they're living beings and do have medical ailments that do affect their race every now and again. As ethical breeders we only breed dogs who are proven hardly, healthy and orthopedically sound to minimize the risk of health disorders & diseases.
Veterinary Information - GSD Conditions, Disorders and Diseases
Inherited Disorders - covers genetic disorders that have been inherited from one or both parents. Many of these disorders do not have a well documented means of the exact mode of inheritance. Hopefully over time this situation will improve. As a loose rule of thumb, the more genes involved in an inherited condition, the greater the effect of the environment (weight, diet), the greater the range of symptoms seen and the harder it is to control and/or reduce the incidence within the breed. Where there are exact tests that can positively identify affected and carrier animals for a condition (be it a blood test or DNA marker), then a condition can be readily removed from a breed within 2-3 generations if desired. In the polygenetic conditions such as hips and elbow dysplasia, until reliable DNA tests are developed, the policy of removing the worst affected animal from breeding programs and promoting the soundest sires and dams (with the best progeny results) is the only slow but sure long term policy.
Congenital Disorders - Means those present at birth. These conditions can be simple malfunctions during development (can be secondary to environmental insults, chemicals etc) while others can be inherited defects within that breed.
Acquired Disorders - Are those that develop over time and are listed here as conditions seen with some degree of frequency within the GSD breed.
Breed Predispositions - These are conditions where the breed in question, the GSD, shows a higher than average incidence of these diseases or conditions occurring than would be expected in the general population.
Immunological Disorders - Are defined by a diminished ability of the body to mount an effective immune response to a perceived threat.
Cutaneous - Of the skin.
GSD CONDITIONS, DISORDERS AND DISEASES:
Ig A DysfunctionBONE (and JOINT)
Hip Dysplasia (HD)BLOOD
Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)INTESTINAL
Portasystemic ShuntsGASTRO INTESTINAL DIGESTIVE
Wheat (Gluten) AllergiesMUSCULAR
Fibromyositis of the Gracillus MuscleSKIN
Collagen Disorders of the FootpadsSYSTEMIC
Pannus (Chronic Superficial Keratitis)