German Shepherd Dog > East West Feet (8 replies)
East West Feet
by crazydog on 26 June 2009 - 04:09
|I am posting this for a friend.|
She recently bought a 3 month old puppy who looked perfectly normal. 3 weeks after purchase his front legs went east west. She is very worried now.
Why does this happen. This is getting more common now.
Is there a way to recify an east west problem
by SitasMom on 26 June 2009 - 04:36
|puppies go throught many differents stages, this may go away with time.|
sometimes when the chest grows broad, the feet go back.
how bad is it, can you post some photos?
by crazydog on 26 June 2009 - 06:52
|Pretty bad, the knuckles are almost touching the floor. Will get some photos and post.|
by oso on 26 June 2009 - 13:14
|Don't have the puppy too heavy, he may stand like this to stabilize his weight, maybe he has weak pasterns, this will improve with time and exercise.|
by Nancy on 26 June 2009 - 14:33
|Too young for the neutering impact but a lot of neutered dogs if done too early never have the chest spring out.|
by crazydog on 26 June 2009 - 15:23
|He is not nuetered nor is he heavy or fat for his structure.|
I wonder if this is hereditary or something that happens for puppies and later fill out. My friend is really worried. She paid top price for him and the breeder says once sold is sold & its her responsibilty now as she choosed it.
by SitasMom on 26 June 2009 - 16:10
|a puppy in our SchH club went through what sounds like the exact same thing.|
he was beautiful a 5 months then a week later his pasterns barley kept him up.
looking at him was painful.
he is now 7 months and back to being beautiful..
puppies go through some really crazy stages.
by oso on 26 June 2009 - 19:40
|Yes, they do change a lot. I am sure he will improve and even if his feet stay slightly that way it is not a really serious fault.|
by Sam1427 on 26 June 2009 - 21:19
|Yes, it can be hereditary but tell your friend not to panic yet. Many puppies are east-west and do grow out of it. Just be sure the puppy gets good food and an appropriate amount of exercise. If the worry is the pup's stance in a showring, the handler can always place the feet, which won't hide down pasterns but will "fix" east - west. A little easty westy is not a huge deal. Wait until the pup gets to be a year or so old and very likely the problem which seemed so large will have decreased considerably. Pups go through all sorts of odd growth stages and very seldom do you find one that is proportional and looks well built throughout puppyhood. |