Jul 3, 2003, 6:45 AM
OK, I will visit the topic that I dread the most, which is HD, and I know many people have different opinions about it. I will just state my view after reading and researching this topic for a while. I think HD is 100% genetic and 100 % environment, and this is how it works.
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If you have clean good lines, then I think the environment will have pretty little impact of creating HD. Unless you do subject your puppy or yearlings to crazy routines and overfeeding at very young age. After two years old, I think the mold is cast. Therefore, first go for strong HD frei bloodlines, and review all the HD conditions of the littermates or what the dam has been producing. I think it is worth all the effort to look for good bloodlines. Remember, the genes will always have the hidden ones, and may pop up once a while. For example, Balou really really pass on his headpiece, just look at his kids and you know it is dominant. Therefore, I think the 30% cause is a fallacy, if you think of the cause and I will vote 60% if you are doing a generic classification of dyplastic dogs.
Once you have an HD predispose puppy, then the environment become a 100% contributor. You must recognise this and take all sort of precaution. From food supplement, weight control, exercising and habitat. Well, can keep going but think it is good enough for a generic opinion.
Prices used to be 1000 Dm for the puppy excluding freight. Nowadays...it goes for 1000 to 1500 Euro or USD, depending on which European country you are importing. I always import my dogs and they had to be quarantined for 30 days in Singapore, and I am not sure how or what is the procedure to bring into Malaysia.
Kibble, yes, I have posted in another thread that I do not want to get into people's rice bowl issue, and also sponsorship problem. Therefore, I have posted another website for people to go and read the details and decide for themselves what is quality kibble and what is crap! However, your kibble are great and I am sure you are happy with the coat and health of your dogs. I add brown rice, cook human grade beef and tripe, and Vit. C (1000mg) + Glucosomine/Chondroitin supplement for those yearlings or puppies that I do a little more exercising. Their growth is very rapid from 6 months to 1 year and beyond one year, they will grow muscle and masses if you exercise and feed them appropriately. If you are keeping him lean because of HD, then it is like having them in a glass environment. Anyway, it is really your call if you think that their genes are prone to HD. Remember, their wolf instinct means that they are free to roam and hunt when they are hungry. IF you are worried, just watch their stomach area to see the first two ribs. IF they are obvious, then I think they are too thin and may affect the growth rates (slower). I sort of leave them a little "fat", that is I do not see the ribs clear but could feel them immediately. Same analogy for human, that is you are "liveless" and tired easily when you are under nourished.