(Please note:  American Alsatians have been known to go off food, lose weight, experience hair loss and depression immediately following the rabies shot.  Veterinarians do not believe at this time that the rabies vaccine is the cause, but no other explanation has been discovered.  We recommend waiting until the dog is 1 year old before receiving this particular shot.) 

***Please read the following vaccination article  by Leerburg. 

Please see our vet page for more information on our policies regarding veterinarian care.


 Please remember that the information listed below represents a network foundation for a new breed of dog which required a population of about 1926 dogs to be bred over a period of  26 years.  Listed below are all of the instances of any known health issues in this breed (including the foundation dogs) throughout those years.

CODE: (SK) = Schwarz Kennels, (VA) = Vallecito Alsatians 

Breeding Ratio between Schwarz Kennels and Vallecito Alsatians: 201 to 1.


Hip Dysplasia (0%)

~No known instances


 

Eye Diseases (0%)

~No known instances



Cleft Palate (0%)

~No known instances



Skin disorders (.05%)

~In 1990, one pup out of a third generation had acute dermatitis at 3-6 months of age.  No pups from that litter were ever bred to further the lines and the parents were never rebred.  (SK)



Cancer (.05%)

~In 2010, a 10 year old male out of Bach and Betty Boop was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a form of leukemia.  (SK)



Allergies (.05%)

~In 2011, a 1 year old male out of Jessie and Keno showed biting and licking behaviors due to a wheat allergy.  The male was never bred. (SK) 



Cryptochidism (.05%)
~ In 2011, one male pup out of Zorro X Missy only had one descended testicle.  He was neutered and never bred. (SK)



Muscle Disorders (.1%)

~ In 2011, a year old dog out of Zorro and X World Premiere was diagnosed with masticatory myositis.  

World Premiere has been spayed and no puppies from her were kept to further her lines. (SK) 

~ In 2011, a 6 month old female out of Zorro X Missy was diagnosed with masticatory myositis.  At 3 years old, this female was also diagnosed with kidney failure.  This dog was spayed and never bred into the lines.  (SK)



Elbow Dysplasia (.1%)

~In 2007, one female pup out of Zorro X Carlitta had severe elbow dysplasia at 2 years old.  Both parents were hip/elbow tested and received excellent scores.  Nevertheless, the parents, Zorro and Carlitta, were never again bred together. (SK)

~In 2002, one dog at the age of 6 years old out of Bach X Betty developed weak joints in the elbow.  This dog was never bred. (SK)



Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency - EPI (.1%)

~In 2013, one 2 year old male out of Zorro X Nadine was diagnosed with EPI.  With enzyme treatment, he has gained weight.  This male was neutered and never bred. (VA) 

~In 2012, one 2 year old female out of Zorro X MIssy was diagnosed with EPI.  With enzyme treatment, she has returned to normal weight.  This female was neutered and never bred.  (SK)



Severe Arthritis (.1%)

~In 2002, two pups out of the Uric/Vegas lines were reported to have arthritis.  These puppies were never bred into the lines.  (SK)

~In 2004, an 8 year old female out of Saba and Brat developed arthritis.  (SK)



Bloat and Gastric Torsion (.1%)

~In 2011, one 3 year old female (f2) out of Beamer X Annie experienced a partial stomach turn, which involved bloat symptoms and an enlarged spleen.  The reasons for the turn were never determined and it is believed that the enlarged spleen was the cause of the stomach turn.  The spleen was removed and the stomach stapled. This female was spayed and never bred.  (SK)

~In 2004, one 4 year old male dog out of Vegas X Sooner was diagnosed with gastric torsion.  This male was neutered and never bred.  (SK)



Heart Conditions (.15%)

~In 2014, a 7 week old male puppy out of Shadow X Storm showed a very faint innocent heart murmur, more prominent on the right side, which never affected him in the least.  All signs of the murmur went away completely by 2 months old.  This puppy was never bred into the lines. (VA)

~In 2013, a 2 month old male puppy out of Nadine X Rainier showed a very faint innocent heart murmur, more prominent on the right side, which never affected him in the least.  All signs of the murmur went away completely by 4 months.  This puppy was never bred into the lines. (VA)

~In 2010, a 6 month old puppy out of Keno X Missy died of complications due to an enlarged heart. (SK) 



Panosteitis (.15%)

~In 2012, one female out of Zorro X Luna was diagnosed with mild Panosteitis in her right front leg at 14 months old.  The limping symptoms lasted for 1 week.  She has been spayed and has never been bred.  (SK)

~In 2004, one female out of Zorro X Sooner showed mild limping at varying times at 5-8 months old.  This female was spayed and never bred.  (SK)

~In 1994, one male pup showed very mild limping for approximately one week at 5 months old.  This male was neutered and never bred.  (SK)



Urinal Problems (.15%)

~In 2012, one female pup out of Zorro X Nadine had ectopic ureters on both sides.  She constantly and uncontrollably dribbled urine.  The pup had surgery to correct the problem, was spayed and never bred.  (SK)

~In 2009, one male pup out of Beamer X Annie developed sheath problems at 9 months old and was unable to retract into the prepuce.  He was never bred.  (SK)

~In 2003, one 11 year old dog (F3) was reported to have a weak bladder that resulted in incontinence.  This dog was never bred.  (SK)



Epilepsy or Seizures (.5%)

~ In 2011, a 2 year old male out of Keno and Annie was diagnosed with epilepsy.  He was neutered and has never bred. (SK)

~In 2009, one 4 month old female pup out of Beamer X Ida Mae had seizures for one week immediately following a rabies shot.  This puppy has not had any seizures since and is not currently on any medication.  This puppy was never bred and is spayed. (SK)

~In 2008, one male pup out of Packer X Rowanda was shown to have epileptic seizures at eight years old.

~In 2004, one F1 female pup out of Sam (Great Pyrenees mix) X Sooner was diagnosed with epilepsy.  This pup was spayed and never bred into the lines. (SK)

~In 2003, 4 out of 8 pups in the litter out of Trucker X Trixy had seizures.  One of those pups died suddenly and the autopsy report found no indication of any trauma or genetic problems.  Both Trucker and Trixy were spayed and never bred again.  All 4 puppies were neutered and never bred into the lines.  (SK)

~In 2001, one male pup out of Packer X Ricotta had seizures.  This pup was never bred into the lines.

~In 1999, Hoss, the first male mixed pup bred from purebred German Shepherd Dog and Malamute had seizures at the age of 11 years old.  (SK)

~In 1992, Omo Von Der Dodo SCHIII, one of the foundation stock German Shepherd dogs from Germany, experienced daily seizures until it subsided considerably without medication after taking the dog out of the intensive schutzhund training environment.  No pups out of this male were ever shown to have epilepsy, seizures, or tremors  for any length of time.  (SK)



Curiosities (.2%)

~ In 2014, one female pup out of Princess X Lobo was born with an exposed heart as the ribs and skin on its chest were underdeveloped.  This pup died shortly after birth.

~ In 2011, one female pup out of Zorro X Luna was shown to have extra penal tissue near her uterus during a routine spay.  (SK)  

~ In 2011, a 6 month old pup out of Zorro X World Premiere was diagnosed with wry mouth.  

World Premiere has been spayed and no puppies were kept to further her lines. (SK)

 

~ In 2009, one female pup was shown to have extra penal tissue near her uterus during a routine spay. (SK)
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If your puppy exhibits ANY of the above, please email us right away.