Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
Dan G. O’Neill, Noel R. Coulson, David B. Church and Dave C. Brodbelt
Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2017, 4:7 | Published on: 28 July 2017
This study identified that GSDs have been reducing in numbers in the UK in recent years.
The most frequent disorders in GSDs were otitis externa, osteoarthritis, diarrhoea, overweight/obesity and aggression, whilst the most common causes of death were musculoskeletal disorders and inability to stand. Aggression was more prevalent in males than in females. These results may assist veterinarians to offer evidence-based advice at a breed level and help to identify priorities for GSD health that can improve the breed’s health and welfare.