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What is the life span of a German Shepherd?

Marshall Faulk (St. Louis)


Dear Marshall,

According to the literature, the expected lifespan of the German Shepherd Dog is approximately 12-14 years. However, as a breed they can be subject to a number of health problems including bloat, hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip joint), panosteitis (inflammation of the leg long bones), skin and eye disorders, pyoderma (bacterial infection of the hair shafts), idiopathic epilepsy, and spinal paralysis.

These health problems contribute to some of the many reasons why it is so important to purchase a German Shepherd Dog from a reputable breeder.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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