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I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd

 
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I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I have a friend who breeds them and she seems happy with them as a pet. My only question is about their hips, I always hear stories about them getting some sort of hip problems (I forget what they call it)I also plan on taking it to training, so it will be well behaved in public.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
lots of dogs have hip issues....get a shep thumbs
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
smart dog, glad to hear you are getting proffesional training. you'll need it but it'll be a perfect dog
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Lazy day chocolate cake


Equipment

You'll need 2 x 20cm springform pans.

Ingredients

120g unsalted butter, chopped
220g (1 cup firmly packed) brown sugar
2 eggs
240g (1 cup) sour cream, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
75g (3/4 cup) Dutch cocoa (see top tips)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Chocolate ganache

200g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), finely chopped
300ml thickened cream





Method

Step 1

To make ganache, place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour cream over chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Divide ganache between 2 bowls. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 bowl. Stand second bowl at room temperature.
Step 2

Preheat oven to 160°C. To make cake, grease pans and line with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Sift over flour with cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then whisk until smooth. Divide batter between pans.
Step 3

Bake, swapping pans halfway, for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centres comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 4

Remove ganache from fridge, stir until smooth, then spread over top of 1 cake. Top with second cake, then gently press together. Pour over room temperature ganache to serve.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)

Last Edited by Laura Bow on 11/19/2012 07:04 PM
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Hip displasia. They're great dogs, though. And like another poster said, lots of dogs have issues. Try to get one from the pound. He/she'll be your best bud forever. German Shepherds are great dogs!
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Dog breeder has little to do with it.
All pure breed German Shepards have that genetic flaw.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Good thing you're not getting a Polish Shepherd because those dogs are allways getting fucked up from chasing parked cars....
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
carefull... your about o fall deeply in love with a critter... ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




although i prefer a mix of shepard and?
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
really check into the hip thing.

my neighbour has had two in a row that drag themelves about with shit all over them by the time they reach five or six.


it's really sad
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can be certified free. Will save you time, money and some heartache. However, rescue pupps are awesome too.


[link to www.candlehillshepherds.com]
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Dog breeder has little to do with it.
All pure breed German Shepards have that genetic flaw.
 Quoting: Burt Gummer


Are you saying all German Shepherds have hip problems? That's incorrect, however it can pop up even in dogs that have had parents, grandparents, etc. who have been health tested. There's no way to produce a flawless dog, just like there is not a flawless human. Some lines are more likely to have good hips than others, however.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can be certified free. Will save you time, money and some heartache. However, rescue pupps are awesome too.


[link to www.candlehillshepherds.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25284379


Yes, parents can be certified free of dysplasia but in the end the only way you can be 100% sure that your dog is free of hip dysplasia is to also have the certification done on your own dog as well. However, even parents that are certified may produce a pup that has hip problems but (depending on factors, which is why it does depend on the breeder) in general, should be less likely to produce one.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Lazy day chocolate cake


Equipment

You'll need 2 x 20cm springform pans.

Ingredients

120g unsalted butter, chopped
220g (1 cup firmly packed) brown sugar
2 eggs
240g (1 cup) sour cream, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
75g (3/4 cup) Dutch cocoa (see top tips)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Chocolate ganache

200g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), finely chopped
300ml thickened cream





Method

Step 1

To make ganache, place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour cream over chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Divide ganache between 2 bowls. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 bowl. Stand second bowl at room temperature.
Step 2

Preheat oven to 160°C. To make cake, grease pans and line with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Sift over flour with cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then whisk until smooth. Divide batter between pans.
Step 3

Bake, swapping pans halfway, for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centres comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 4

Remove ganache from fridge, stir until smooth, then spread over top of 1 cake. Top with second cake, then gently press together. Pour over room temperature ganache to serve.
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Not sure what this has to do with the discussion but it SOUNDS GOOD!
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I have a friend who breeds them and she seems happy with them as a pet. My only question is about their hips, I always hear stories about them getting some sort of hip problems (I forget what they call it)I also plan on taking it to training, so it will be well behaved in public.
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


I hope some lifeform has a friend who is breeding humans and you become their pet.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Its not funny you know.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Please only get this dog if you can give it lots of exercise and stimulation. They are great family dogs but have to be well integrated as one of the family. You will need a firm hand also with this breed they are highly intelligent and need a lot of training to be healthy and happy. They are working dogs and not ones to sit around the house doing nothing.

They are not good with small animals and will chase and kill etc.

Other then that best dog I have ever had.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Dog breeder has little to do with it.
All pure breed German Shepards have that genetic flaw.
 Quoting: Burt Gummer


Are you saying all German Shepherds have hip problems? That's incorrect, however it can pop up even in dogs that have had parents, grandparents, etc. who have been health tested. There's no way to produce a flawless dog, just like there is not a flawless human. Some lines are more likely to have good hips than others, however.
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Most all large breeds can get hip issues key is for them not to get overwieght in old age.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


^that's what its called!


I love your AV, okay I am getting excited again.

I just want to make sure I make the right decision. Its been years since my last dog passed away and I feel like I can love another dog again.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


^that's what its called!


I love your AV, okay I am getting excited again.

I just want to make sure I make the right decision. Its been years since my last dog passed away and I feel like I can love another dog again.
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


You will love this loyal breed.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Please only get this dog if you can give it lots of exercise and stimulation. They are great family dogs but have to be well integrated as one of the family. You will need a firm hand also with this breed they are highly intelligent and need a lot of training to be healthy and happy. They are working dogs and not ones to sit around the house doing nothing.

They are not good with small animals and will chase and kill etc.

Other then that best dog I have ever had.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26365184


yes, I am very active, I run 7, sometimes 8 miles a day a few times a week. and I am self employed and at home a lot, so I don't have to leave it alone for long.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


^that's what its called!


I love your AV, okay I am getting excited again.

I just want to make sure I make the right decision. Its been years since my last dog passed away and I feel like I can love another dog again.
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


Do your homework and make sure that they are right for you! There are different lines of German Shepherds as well, there are working dogs, show dogs, larger lines...check into what you are looking for and don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can be certified free. Will save you time, money and some heartache. However, rescue pupps are awesome too.


[link to www.candlehillshepherds.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25284379


Yes, parents can be certified free of dysplasia but in the end the only way you can be 100% sure that your dog is free of hip dysplasia is to also have the certification done on your own dog as well. However, even parents that are certified may produce a pup that has hip problems but (depending on factors, which is why it does depend on the breeder) in general, should be less likely to produce one.
 Quoting: Laura Bow


the problem is my friend breeds them, I can get one from her at a great price, but I am actually considering looking to import one from another breeder. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I want a dog that is going to be as free and clear of hip problems as possible. I've been thinking about this for along time, and she is asking me if I want in on the next litter and I keep stalling. I know a dog is a dog and I'll fall for it no matter where is comes from, but I want to get the best I can.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


^that's what its called!


I love your AV, okay I am getting excited again.

I just want to make sure I make the right decision. Its been years since my last dog passed away and I feel like I can love another dog again.
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


Do your homework and make sure that they are right for you! There are different lines of German Shepherds as well, there are working dogs, show dogs, larger lines...check into what you are looking for and don't be afraid to ask questions.
 Quoting: Laura Bow


your dog's AV is beautiful btw.
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Ahh doggies! Best little friends ever.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I have a friend who breeds them and she seems happy with them as a pet. My only question is about their hips, I always hear stories about them getting some sort of hip problems (I forget what they call it)I also plan on taking it to training, so it will be well behaved in public.
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


I hope some lifeform has a friend who is breeding humans and you become their pet.
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yes, its called marriage... I was made a lovely pet to a lovely life form, called a husband. My cage is quite nice and padded, too.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
This is exactly why I quit jumping my 3 year old shepherd, I read about how jumping them causes this prematurely. At two years old he could easily 16~18 ft wide canals at full sprint up in the hills. Wow he could jump. But I put a stop to the big jumping and now he jumps on his own.



They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow
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Ahh doggies! Best little friends ever.
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Or BIG friends depending on your pooch. cool2

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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I'm getting a Mexican gardener, and a Swedish maid.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
Research the Belgian Malinois. Bad ass dogs. Very smart, very agile, no hip problems, and they hit like a ton of bricks in bite work.

Make sure you know what you are getting into, though. They are dogs that like to work/play. I suggest a raw food diet, two raw chicken leg quarters a day, bone and all. Do some raw veggies as well. Crate training will be a plus.

For more help:

[link to leerburg.com]

Shalom...
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I picked this dog up at the animal control in our county, nine months old. Just after I arrive the police dog trainer people arrived and were trying to talk me out of taking him. They wanted him for a life of crime fighting. I didn't give-in.


This is exactly why I quit jumping my 3 year old shepherd, I read about how jumping them causes this prematurely. At two years old he could easily 16~18 ft wide canals at full sprint up in the hills. Wow he could jump. But I put a stop to the big jumping and now he jumps on his own.

Shuka



They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow

 Quoting: Mkguyver


Last Edited by Mkguyver on 11/19/2012 08:20 PM

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