|Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 10:52am PST |
|Yes. Give me a few days to compile a list
This will take time. I think you have some breeders, like Mulder eluded to, where she got Riley from, who are in a better "place" as they are fairly confident they will come up with enough after the DM testing to continue without trauma to their program. Those are the ones who I think most likely are testing now. It's so prevalent, that some breeders stand the risk of losing everything, having only carriers.
DM has been allowed to spiral out of control as unlike HD, it comes later in life. And while I am not suggesting breeders don't love their dogs, this is a disease that affects pet owners more. This is my personal opinion. It's not painful, tends to crop up past an age of usefulness from a breeders perspective, and while I don't mean to be UTTERLY depressing, you are lucky to get your GSD to 10-12 nowadays, so this non painful thing, which may first present at age 8 or so, and then take a while? Philo didn't even die of his DM. Something else got him before he even went into paralysis. German Shepherds. *sigh*
So I do think the first stage has started. Those who are feeling pretty secure about the testing are doing it. This, minimally, is starting to establish what lines are looking good, and I think offer a better perspective as to what dogs can be used....carriers and unaffecteds. And from there, I think more will start to test. GSDs aren't the only DM breed and I think all are being similarly cautious at this time, but I can't imagine not testing for it. Even for the bottom line, as this is something that affects pet owners greatly. It may become a reason to get off a breed entirely.
I also am a big supporter of the "13 Club." Some seem less overwhelmed by it, but I think anyone who gets their GSD past 13 is doing very well and it says a lot about overall vigor. To me personally, one of the reasons I love breeder puppies is that era where you get to do all that research. I think it is very exciting. So if you had nothing better to do , really investing yourself in the researching dogs who have made it into the 13 Club is at least some step to honing your GSD pedigree iq in seeing what lines are coming up with dogs who beat the gremlin so on this breed's back. When I was a kid, a 14 yo GSD was not uncommon. Now 12 to me seems especially old. Here's that link of dogs - LINK
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