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by Khaled Sohib on 26 November 2012 - 20:11

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kindly give opinion on his legs, are they normal ?! he is 8 months
Thanks in advance

by Siantha on 26 November 2012 - 20:11

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i personaly dont like it. he is cow hocked. but i also have seen cases of this straighten out once the dog turns a year. his legs arnt wobby relly he seems to just have long hock bones. but i still dislike it someone with more experence than me im sure will post on here to clear it up. do you have the pedigree? did you see the parents did they show this trait ?

by J Basler on 26 November 2012 - 20:11

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Come on girls where are the comments and your best wisdom.

by bcrawford on 26 November 2012 - 22:11

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The dog in the video is cow hocked and even as bad as it is I have sadly seen worse.

It's not something that is wanted and it is possible that it can improve as it matures. Just my .02 cents but I would not be happy seeing it at 8mos with one of my dogs. What kind of activity (exercise) is the dog getting currently?

by dragonfry on 26 November 2012 - 22:11

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I'm not a shepherd person but the dog is really cow hocked and would be a cull for me. Hard to see his topline in the video, but from what i can tell his rear slopes pretty sharply and he wobbles on his hocks. Could be poor nutrition? Or over angualtion in his breeding. I can only hope the dog improves.
Best of luck with your pup.

by Jenni78 on 26 November 2012 - 23:11

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His front don't look good to me, either. He flips them out when he walks. 

May I ask what, precisely, he is eating and if he's on any supplements? He appears to have some sort of developmental issue going on, due to diet, exercise, genetics, etc. Have you had him since he was a puppy?

by Keith Grossman on 27 November 2012 - 01:11

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He's a liitle cow-hocked but that isn't necessarily anything to be concerned about at his age.  What does concern me is that he appears weak in the pasterns.  He's a nice pup but he isn't getting enough exercise. 

by hexe on 27 November 2012 - 01:11

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The legs look normal to me--his movement IS sloppy, front and rear, though some of that can be attributed to the flexi-lead; if you can get some video of him walking and/or trotting off lead, we would see a truer display of his natural movement. 

He is cow-hocked, and very loose-ligamented at the moment, but he's also only 8 months old and still has a significant amount of growing to do, along with developing more muscle tone with increased exercise. As to the comments regarding the quality of the dog, one has to first know where the dog is located. In some countries he could well be one of the very best young dogs on the horizon; for example, he is not unusual among well-bred specimens of the breed in India at the moment, while in Germany this young dog would not be considered a show ring and breeding prospect and would be sold as a family pet.

All that said, if your concern, Khalid, is whether there is something medically wrong with this young dog, nothing in this video would indicate such; it's possible he could have bad hips or elbows, but nothing about him tells us that from the'll need x-rays to make that determination. 

He does have beautiful pigment and markings, and is an attractive youngster who looks like he's a spirited fellow as well. I wish you all the best with him.

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