German Shepherd Health Problems

German Shepherd Dog Health Problems Issues & Concerns

While a fairly healthy and long lived breed of dog, German Shepherd health problems do occur. As with many pedigreed breeds of dogs, there are a variety of hereditary health conditions that may affect your pet. There are also other various health issues that are more common among German Shepherd dogs.

To avoid buying a German Shepherd puppy with health problems, it’s very important that you find German Shepherd breeders that are reputable. Look for a breeder that really knows the breed and is well aware of common German Shepherd health problems. The breeder should have her breeding dogs screened and cleared for:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cardiac disease
  • Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD)
  • Multiple eye disorders

As with all popular dog breeds, there are good breeders – and bad ones. You want to avoid the bad breeders at all costs – or it may cost you a ton of veterinary bills and a heap of heartache. You can expect to pay more for a well-bred German Shepherd puppy from parents that are health tested and cleared and have undergone temperament testing. It only makes sense, since testing is expensive for the breeder. Find a great breeder, and you can be well-assured of buying a healthy, sound and loving puppy that is free of common German Shepherd health problems.

German Shepherd Health Resources

The Essential German Shepherd Dog (The Essential Guides)

$ 4.09

German Shepherds For Dummies

$ 1.98

The German Shepherd Book, First Edition

$ 75.00

German Shepherd Dogs (Barron’s Dog Bibles)

$ 9.99

Terra-Nova The German Shepherd Dog Book

$ 19.95

German Shepherd Book

$ 7.85

The Everything German Shepherd Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your German Shepherd (Everything (Pets))

$ 70.01

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