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Julie Martinez Mittelwest – You Want to Know if You Can Prevent Health Issues With Your German Shepherd Dogs?


Julie Martinez Mittelwest German Shepherds has done a series of articles on health issues that are present in this breed.  You can read about them here:

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As mentioned in previous articles, each breed will have some breed-specific health concerns, and will present some challenges.  Please be aware, we as breeders do our best to produce the best and healthiest litter to our potential customers and owners, but some problems will still surface.  Below we will outline some things that can be done to raise a healthiest German Shepherd Dog, and some things to be aware of.  Our customers often ask us if these types of health issues can be avoided.

Here is the situation:


  • Some of the common problems are genetic in nature. This means that they are inherited from parents, who might or might not have them present.  These genetic health issues have become common today in the breed due to imprudent breeding practices over the years.  Julie Martinez Breeder is committed to  eliminating these genetic diseases and follows a protocol for best practices. There are numerous books written on this topic and this is relevant to other popular breeds.
  • When looking to purchase a German Shepherd, ask the breeder if they do gene testing. This can save you a lot of problems in the future.  Gene tests determine if a German Shepherd carries a Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) gene.  If a puppy tests positive for it, there is a 25% chance that it becomes afflicted with this devastating condition in the future.  If the breeder does test for it, ask for proof, as certificates are issued for each dog tested.
  • If you are looking to purchase a pure-bred German Shepherd, Julie Martinez Mittelwest recommends asking to see full lineage of the dog, and discussing the potential genetic conditions with your breeder.
  • Other set of problems that a dog might develop are environmental in nature. Which in essence means that is caused by the way you raise your dog or puppy.  Be aware of the conditions that are ideal for this breed and only then purchase it and bring it into your home.  German Shepherds are large, intelligent dogs and must have an active lifestyle in order to be healthy.
  • A lot of health risks can be avoided by proper nutrition. Healthy, natural nutrition is the best for this breed.  Dry, canned and kibble variety of foods are not your best option.  You can supplement your dog with it, but it will serve your dog best to be eating as natural as possible to avoid a variety of digestive and auto-immune diseases.  Natural, raw diet is always the best.




Julie Martinez Mittelwest Complaints Received -The Most Common Health Problems in German Shepherds

We often get complaints from customers on the health of the dogs that we breed.  I must inform a potential buyer, that each breed comes with some definite health risks, and genetics and inter-breeding play a role in it.  We do our best to breed only the healthiest dogs, but unfortunately that is not always possible and health concerns will show up.

mittelwestJulie Martinez Mittelwest examines orthopedic illnesses at first.  This breed, German Shepherds quite often are prone to suffering from high rates of hip and elbow dysplasia.  As evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation of America of over 86000 x-rays for German Shepherds about nineteen percent are dysplastic.  That is not a good percentage.  And if you really evaluate the situation, it would become clear that the true situation is even worse, as most of the bad X-rays were not sent for examination and evaluation.  When it comes to elbow dysplasia, the situation is equally as bad; when evaluating 23000 X-rays, about twenty percent were dysplastic (this comes out as 8th worst out of all the breeds) and if you account for true numbers, it is even higher.

Another very common orthopedic health problem for this breed is panosteitis.  You can also encounter osteochondritis and cruciate ligament rupture quite often in German Shepherds.  Furthermore, if you look at medical reports, you will also notice Wobbler’s syndrome, hypertrophic osteodystrophy.

Julie Martinez Mittelwest Complaints that customers quite often also report a problem with dogs’ skin.  This is another area that is breed related and cannot be isolated through breeding alone.  It is quite rampant for this breed and particularly allergies, which cause itchy skin in dogs, pyoderma (which is folliculitis and furunculosis).  Also you can add seborrhea, lick granuloma, demodectic mange and sometimes calcinosis.  Autoimmune maladies and diseases – this is where a canine’s defective immune system turns on its own body and attacks it, are also very frequent in this breed.  Skin is repeatedly is a target of the defective immune system and as a result you see such diseases as sebaceous adenitis, lupus, perianal fistula, nail bed disease, vitiligo and some others.


In other instances, an attack from defective immune system can result in problems for other organs and you will see such diseases as degenerative spinal melopathy, megaesophagus, and myasthenia gravis.

Julie Martinez Mittelwest German Shepherd


Mittelwest Kennels, a German Shepherd breeder offering registered German Shepherd litters of puppies for sale from high quality German Shepherd pedigrees. Our main objective at Mittelwest Kennels is to produce the best German Shepherd litters of puppies for sale in the world. Breeding top producing west German Sieger show Line German Shepherds is number one in producing quality German Shepherd puppies for sale.