Thanks guys for the warm welcome and to those with the not so warm welcome. I am trying to do something nice here and got attacked. Wow! Anyway I would love to post pictures of my girls (yes they are both spayed.) Just let me know how to do that.
Scout1 your right it really doesn't pay a lot in money, but the rewards of a simple tail wag after a HBC pulls through surgery makes up for the lack of $$. :) I love what I do and most of all I love the pets that come and go everyday. (There are a few out there, that I wouldn't mind not seeing again!) :) Luckly my hubby makes pretty good money and makes up for my lack of. I guess I would rather love my low paying job then hate my high paying job.
pwcorgilover I understand about the bad back I also have back issues. (Must be from all the years of lifting all those fat dogs!)
My point is (for those of you who missed it)...the HEALTH of the dog. Most of us are aware that many of the dogs that are bred smaller than standard (whether you call them "teacup" or not) are more prone to health problems.
Well, guess what...the same thing happens when bred LARGER than standard. So why take a dog like the GSD-one of the most popular dogs in the world-that is already subject to genetic and temperment problems-and intentionally breed it for something it's not supposed to be? GSD's are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, spinal degeneration, gastrointestinal problems....the list goes on and on. So you take a dog prone to dysplasia and intentionally breed it larger? How is that going to make for a healthier dog? How's that going to affect the joints?
If you want a giant breed dog-get a giant breed dog. Don't get a large breed dog that is INTENTIONALLY not bred to standard. Sorry, but that's not what I would call a good breeder.
No decent breeder is breeding 100 pound gsds. They won't win in herding, the field or the ring. They can't move or work properly, so you looked till you found a bad breeder. Great. Awesome advice to pass on, along with the attitude that being in the veterinary field means we should all bow down cause you know more than everyone.
Euro dogs aren't like american dogs. Often american dogs are prettier. Euro dogs are generally SMALLER. So that excuse really doesn't fly in this. Need to do more research there. America seems to like to make everything bigger which is why the dogs often differ. But you seem to have it backwards.. Euro dogs are pretty much never larger. GSD are definitely smaller over there.
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 10/19/2006 5:37:59 PM*** Reason: add
The size of the dog has no factor in these issues. I have seen yorkies, pugs, toy poodles...etc with all these issues. What does size have to do with it? Most GSD from German lines are larger and do not have the slant to the hips. It is the Americans who like the smaller dogs with the slant to the hips. If you look at imported Rotties they too are bigger and heavier.
like i said earlier. harley, my gsd, is large for the breed. he is 10 and going strong. no health issues whatsover. he was the pup that i kept out of the litter that i bred. my cousin carol ( who passed away last year ) took two of harleys siblings. her hubby still has kira and rebel, harleys brother and sister. rebel is also on the large side. neither of them has ever had any health issues either. so i just cant relate size with health issues. my sisters friend had to have her much smaller gsd, ( not from my litter )put down at a younger age because even after two hip surgeries, she was still suffering from the dysplasia to the point of being crippled. i think genetics, diet and overall care of the dog is more of a factor than the size of the dog. jmo
***Edited By: dusty082155 on 10/19/2006 6:22:31 PM*** Reason: add
i'd like to know that also. last time i looked at an american bred GSD, especially the ones in the conformation ring, they still looked like a crippled mess that couldn't get out of the way of a baby sheep much less herd one. some german shepherd breeders are finally realizing what a complete mess they have made of their beloved breed and are trying to rectify the damage. maybe some time in the next hundred years we will have an american bred GSD that looks and acts like what it should, but it will be a long time coming.
i am so disgusted at the tone of this thread i cannot even speak, just going to walk away or i will find myself in a time out.
Hi Maymoo, Welcome, I myself am a new comer, a bit scared to voice my opinions as I am owned by a controversial breed, American red nose pitbull ( I am an aussie girl where the limitations on the breed are at their worst) A 2 1/2 year old dog called Kayla . I would love to chat to you as my dogs second home is the vet surgery with allergies & failed leg operations
Hi guys thanks for having my back and nice welcomes. I am use to the large barks with no bites! That doesn't bother me so much. Let's just put this past us and get on to more important things!!! I will try to figure out have to post my furbabies!! (hopefully I won't get attacked again) (lol) :)
Take care and don't forget to give your furbabies a nice pat from me!
Welcome Maywoo! If you want to post pics of your precious babies go to http://www.photobucket.com and you can upload photos there. Then just copy and paste the picture link into a post. I look forward to seeing your shepard. I love them, used to own one as well. He passed 2 years ago now.
***Edited By: iluvmypoms on 10/21/2006 6:30:52 PM*** Reason: sp
So what if mafiaprincess, thinks maywoo's GSD is out of standard, it doesn't matter as long as Maywoo loves him. Who really cares? I think everyone needs to lay off of who has the perfect dog. No one does. Just like humans, no one is perfect. It was stupid that Maywoo got jumped on like that. I am sure that Maywoo being a vet tech knows when a dog is over weight and when they are not.
the first picture is Mala in the snow storm we had in January. It is one of my favorites! The second is Tink in the same storm. The last picture is my daughter Devyn and the two dogs playing. (another of my favs!!!)