A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Ilsa Searching

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Ilsa worked a bayou tributary today, and as she worked, I marveled at the intelligent and beautiful dog she has become.

Yep, I don't think any dog other than a German Shepherd will do anymore.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier,

Is Ilsa a purebred German Shepherd Dog? If so, is hip dysplasia a concern? Is it something you could spot when she was a puppy?

I'd love to get a purebred, but I would hate to contribute to overbreeding.

Any thoughts?

Love the blog, keep up the good work.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Ilsa is a pure bred GSD with a SAR bloodline.

I had considered a rescue GSD, Lord knows there are enough of them avaialable, but I wanted to raise and train the dog from puppyhood. By going with a pure bred GSD I could know her lineage, and know what to expect as she came of age. They say a GSD reaches adulthood at 3 years or so, and I believe that is true.

For someone who wants a GSD as a guardian or a pet, a rescue might be the best option. For someone who wants a working dog, the puppy years are the formative years, and are crucial to the end result.

That's my two pesos.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know the working-bloodline GSD's don't have the horrible shrunken hip the show-ring bloodlines are saddled with, but are they still susceptible to the hip dysplasia anyway?

i wouldn't be able to put up with a "conformation" GSD, any more than i could manage one of the bug-eyed toy dogs or the constantly choking pug-like breeds. unfair to the dogs, perhaps, but when breeding reaches the point of almost disfiguring the animal or even making its life harder, it just breaks my heart to look at them. working-line dogs are just a whole different matter.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

According to Ilsa's vet, hip dysplasia can not be accurately predicted or diagnosed until three years of age. Ilsa's bloodline does not have a history of problems.

8:56 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

It seems so long ago you were trying to counteract the effects of extreme yellow paint ingestion. She's really blossomed into a lovely girl!

1:03 AM  

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