DireWolf Dog Health

 

 

Please remember that the information listed below represents a network foundation for a new breed of dog which required a population of about 2150 dogs to be bred over a period of 30 years. Listed below are all of the instances of any known health issues in this breed (including the foundation and crossbred dogs) throughout those years. 

 

number of puppies born:

2018: 71;  2017: 81;  2016: 43;  2015: 48;  2014: 59

                        CODE: (SK) = Schwarz Kennels, (VA) = DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito, (FK) = DireWolf Dogs of Fennario 

                        Breeding Ratio between Schwarz Kennels and DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito: 201 to 1.

                        Percent dogs bred per breeder over the lifetime of the breed:
                            Schwarz Kennels: 90%;

                            DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito - 10%;

                            DireWolf Dogs of Fennario - 0%

 

 

Blindness (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Deafness (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Degenerative Myelopathy/Nerve Disorders (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Cleft Palate (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Anal Sac Disorders (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Diabetes (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Brain Disorders (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Limb Deformities (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Metabolic Enzyme Deficiency (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler Syndrome) (0%)

~ No known instances

 

 

Nose/Muzzle Issues (.05%) (last 5 years- 0%)

~ 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)

 

 

Birth Defects (.09%) (last 5 years- .33%)

~ In 2018, one male pup out of Fremont X Vegas was born with only one kidney. The dog grew normally and is healthy otherwise. (SK) 

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

 

 

Tumors (.09%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2017, one seven year old male out of Zorro X World Premiere developed a small growth on his back right leg, which was found to be benign. (SK)

~ In 2016, one nine year old female out of Beamer X Annie developed a small growth on her back left leg, which was found to be benign. (SK)

 

 

Autoimmune Diseases (.14%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2018, one 4 year old female out of Hemi x Bonnie Lee developed symptoms of what appears to be immune mediated thrombocytopenia. She tested negative for poisons, tick-borne illness, and leptospirosis, therefore, a genetic component cannot be ruled out. This dog was spayed and never bred into the lines. (VA)
~ In 2015, one 1 year old male out of Woody X Nadine developed discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). (SK)
~ In 2013, one 3 year old male out of Urick X Sooner developed discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). (SK)

 

 

Eye Diseases (.14%) (last 5 years- 1%)

~ In 2018, one 4 year old male dog out of Storm X Dollar was diagnosed with Pannus. This dog was neutered and never bred into the lines. (SK) 

~ In 2017, one 2.5 year old male dog out of Storm X Dollar was diagnosed with Keratoconjunctivis Sicca where he shows a thin film on the bottom of both eyes, redness, and weeping. He requires daily moisture gel for life and two types of prescription drops. This male was bred one time and one puppy was kept for breeding. We will continue to monitor the line for this issue. At this time, none of his puppies or grandpuppies have shown any health issues of this kind. (SK)
~ In 2016, one 4 year old male dog out of Zorro X Nadine developed a thin film on the bottom of both eyes, redness and weeping. This line has been discontinued. (VA)

 

 

Allergies (.09%) (last 5 years- .33%)

~ In 2016, a 1 year old male out of Storm X Francis showed biting and licking behaviors as well as hair loss due to a wheat allergy. This male was never bred. (SK)

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

 

 

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency - EPI (.09%) (last 5 years- 0%)

~ In 2013, one 2 year old male out of Zorro X Nadine was diagnosed with EPI.  With enzyme treatment, he has returned to normal 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 (.09%) (last 5 years- 0%)

~ In 2004, an 8 year old female out of Saba and Brat developed arthritis.  (SK)
~ In 2002, two pups out of the Uric/Vegas lines were reported to have arthritis. These puppies were never bred into the lines.  (SK)

 

 

Bloat and Gastric Torsion (.09%) (last 5 years- 0%)

~ 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)

 

 

Chronic Kidney Disease (.14%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2016, a 2.5 year old female out of Lobo X Summer Rain was diagnosed with stage 1 kidney disease. The veterinarian that diagnosed her did not believe it was genetic, but stated that the cause is unknown. This same dog was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  She had one litter of puppies and one pup from the litter was kept to go on with breeding. At this time, none of the pups from this female's litter have any health issues. UPDATE: after a year, this female no longer appears to have any signs of continued kidney disease symptoms and has transitioned off all medication. (SK)

~ In 2015, a one year old female out of Storm X Shadow was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after an infection. Although the blood work done previous to the infection showed normal levels in all areas, after antibiotics were given, the blood work did not show enough of a significant drop in kidney levels to return back to within the normal range. New blood work performed in November of this same year determined that the medical interventions worked to alleviate the kidney issue. This dog is spayed and was never bred into the lines.  (VA)

~ In 2013, a 2 year old female out of Zorro X Missy was diagnosed with kidney disease after being diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. She was spayed and never bred. (SK)

 

 

Cancer (.14%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2016, a 10 year old female out of Zorro X Sooner was diagnosed with cancer. This dog produced many litters for the breed. (SK)
~ In 2015, a 9 year old female out of Zorro X Winnetka was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She was spayed and never bred. (SK) 

~ In 2010, a 10 year old male out of Bach X Betty Boop was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a form of leukemia. He was spayed and never bred. (SK)

 

 

Elbow Dysplasia (.14%) (last 5 years- .33%)

~ In 2015, one 11 month old male pup out of Storm X Shadow was diagnosed with osteochondrosis in his right elbow. He required surgery to remove a large bone fragment from this area. This dog was neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ 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)

 

 

Hip Dysplasia (.19%) (last 5 years- 1.3%)
~ In 2018, one 
4 year old male dog out of Aslan X Gemma had bilateral hip replacement surgery. He acquired informal hip x-rays as an eight month old puppy, which showed a looseness in the hips at that time. He developed pain in his hips four years later, prompting the hip replacement. This dog was neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2017, one 3 year old male dog out of Storm X Shadow was diagnosed with hip issues from a local vet. This dog was neutered and never bred. This dog also showed elbow dysplasia in one leg requiring surgery. (VA)
~ In 2016, one 13 month old male dog out of Huck X Sprinkle was diagnosed with moderate hip dysplasia by OFA. This dog was neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2015, one 11 month old male dog out of Storm X Blossom was diagnosed with hip dysplasia after a significant fall resulting in severe trauma to his joints. The diagnosing veterinarian stated this is a non-genetic form of hip dysplasia occurring as a result of the severe fall. This dog was neutered and never bred. (SK)

 

 

Skin disorders (.19%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2016, one 2 year old male out of Manny X Nadine developed canine vitiligo and lost pigmentation on his front lips, upper and lower. This dog was neutered and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2016, one 2 year old male out of Manny X Nadine developed canine vitiligo and progressively lost pigmentation on his nose, lips and eyes. This dog was neutered and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2013, one 1 year old male out of Lobo X Autumn developed canine vitiligo and lost pigmentation on his bottom lip. This dog was neutered and never bred. (SK)

~ 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)

 

 

Heart Conditions (.19%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2015, an 8 week old female puppy out of Huck X Sprinkle showed a very faint innocent heart murmur, which did not affect her physically. All signs of the murmur went away completely by 2 months old. This puppy was never bred. (VA)

~ 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) 

 

 

Muscle Disorders (.2%) (last 5 years- 1%)

~ In 2018, a year and a half old female out of Grinch X Tina was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. This dog was neutered and never bred. (VA) 
~ In 2017, a year and a half old male out of Rock X Vegas was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. This dog was neutered and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2015, a year and a half old male out of Lobo X Autumn was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. This dog was neutered and never bred. 

(SK)

~ In 2011, a year old dog out of Zorro and X World Premiere was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. World Premiere was spayed and no puppies from her were kept to further her lines. (SK) 

~ In 2011, a 9 month old female out of Zorro X Missy was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis.  At 2 years old, this female developed kidney failure due to her masticatory muscle myositis. This dog was spayed and never bred into the lines. (SK)

 

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (.23%) (last 5 years- 1%)

~ In 2018, a six year old male out of Zorro X Nadine developed COPD like symptoms. He died the same year after having developed pneumonia. This male was never bred (SK)

~ In 2018, a ten year old male out of Beamer X Celeste developed COPD like symptoms. He died the same year. (SK)

~ In 2016, a five year old male out of Zorro X Nadine developed COPD and was on steroid medication and antibiotics. He died of complications of the disease one year later. This male sired one litter, but no puppies were kept and his line has ended. (SK)

~ In 2013, a seven year old male out of Sooner X  developed COPD like symptoms. Steriods were recommended. He died the same year. (SK)

~ In 2013, an eleven year old female out of Packer X Polly developed COPD and was on steroid medication during the summer months to help with the wheezing associated with the disease. She died of natural causes at one month shy of thirteen years old. (SK)

 

 

Cryptochidism (.28%) (last 5 years- 1.3%)

~ In 2018, one male pup out of Fremont X Vegas has one descended testicle. He was never bred. (SK)

~ In 2016, one male pup out of Huck X Sprinkle had one descended testicle. He was neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2016, one male pup out of Huck X Sprinkle had bilateral cryptochidism where both testicles did not descend. He was neutered and never bred. (VA)
~ In 2015, one male pup out of Storm X Blossom had bilateral cryptochidism where both testicles did not descend. He was neutered and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2014, one male pup out of Storm X Dollar had bilateral cryptochidism where both testicles did not descend. He was neutered and never bred. (SK)

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

 

 

Urinal Problems (.28%) (last 5 years- .1%)

~ In 2018, one three month old female out of Boss X Elwin has experienced a resistant UTI infection. (SK)

~ In 2018, one seven month old female out of Grinch X Tina has experienced a resistant UTI infection. (VA)

~ In 2017, one 1.5 year old female out of Champ X Voom has now experienced three urinary tract infections. It was eventually determined that she has a recessed vulva. Surgery was successfully performed to correct the abnormality. (SK)
~ 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)

 

 

Panosteitis (.33%) (last 5 years- 1.3%)

~ In 2018, one female puppy out of Fremont X Vegas was diagnosed with Panosteitis at months old. She was spayed and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2017, one female puppy out of Rock X Flower showed mild limping at varying times from 8 to 11 months old. (SK)

~ In 2017, one male puppy out of Rock X Flower showed mild limping at varying times from 8 to 11 months old. (SK)

~ In 2016, one female puppy out of Finnegan X Black Swan was diagnosed with Panosteitis at 4 months old. She was spayed and never bred. (SK)

~ 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)

 

 

Hypothyroidism (.33%) (last 5 years- 2.3%)

~ In 2018, one 4 year old female out of Storm X Blossom developed hypothyroidism. She was bred one time and two puppies were kept for futher breeding. (SK)
~ In 2017, one 3 year old female out of Storm X Shadow developed hypothyroidism. This same dog also showed some kidney malfunction after an infection, which was cleared up with medication. She is spayed and was never bred. (VA)

~ In 2017, one 2.5 year old female out of Hemi X Bonnie Lee developed hypothyroidism. She was spayed and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2016, one 2.5 year old male out of Aslan X Gemma developed hypothyroidism. He was neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2016, one 2.5 year old female out of Lobo X Summer Rain developed hypothyroidism.  She had one litter and one pup was kept for breeding. At this time, none of the pups from this female's litter have shown any health issues. (SK)

~ In 2015, one 3 year old male out of Zorro X Nadine developed hypothyroidism. He produced one litter in which all three of his puppies were neutered and never bred. (VA)

~ In 2015, one 2 year old female out of Lobo X Autumn developed hypothyroidism.  She was spayed and never bred. (SK)

~ In 2013, one 3 year old female out of Zorro X Missy developed hypothyroidism. She produced three litters in which two dogs were kept for breeding. Both dogs did not develop this condition, but a granddaughter has been diagnosed with the condition. (SK)

 

 

Epilepsy or Seizures (.5%) (last 5 years- 0%)

~ 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. (SK)

~ 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 (.19%) (last 5 years- .66%)

~ In 2017, one eight year old female out of Beamer X Annie suddenly laid down on the ground while on a walk and did not get up. She died shortly thereafter. Cause of death is unknown. (SK)

~ In 2015, one female out of Lobo X Summer Rain had a small more closed in pocket on one of her uterine horns. She was not able to give birth naturally. One of her female offspring was bred with no issues with a constricted uterine horn. We will continue to monitor this line. (SK)

~ 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 2009, one female pup was shown to have extra penal tissue near her uterus during a routine spay. (SK)

 

 

Overall negative health percentage for all health issues, genetic or otherwise, reported to have occurred within the breed since its inception, including all foundation stock and crossbreed dogs, is currently 3.9%.

 

 

We pride ourselves on giving you the honest truth. This includes information about the health of our dogs. American Alsatian dog breeders do not hide anything and you will know when any American Alsatian dog has any genetic health issues. We DNA test all of our breeding stock to insure that you have the best chance of receiving a new puppy into your life that will have a happy, healthy life for many years. One of the most important reasons this breed was started in 1988 was because of the seeming disregard to many breeds' health. Genetic health issues are rare in the American Alsatian dog due to the vigilance of the founder with each generation of American Alsatian dog bred, but health issues do come up from time to time. You can read about all of them here.   

 

 

Even though we only breed the very healthiest of dogs, your dog may come up with something at sometime.  We am not God, but we do take this very seriously.  We guarantee your dog to be healthy and we stand behind that.

  

We want you to have the healthiest pup in the world and we are going to do everything humanly possible for that to take place!