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Marshie 08-04-2019 04:07 AM

Opinions please
This is Diego, we adopted him this year from a friend following a marriage breakup. He was born in Nov 2018 and we got him on Mar 2019, he was about 6/8 weeks old when he left the litter. We took him to the vet for his initial injections and sadly within a couple of days he was kept in with Parvo. He was as you can guess very ill and it was a 50/50 chance of him surviving. He did but had problems with his front paws [flat footed is the best way I can describe it], this was treated with vitamin tabs and they are now normal. He next developed a lump on the back of his neck, result of multiple injections he had. All fine for a couple of days and the he started crying out for no particular reason. Back to the vet , x rays and he had inflammation on the spine [apparently another side effect of Parvo]. More tablets and rest and he is now fine. Well we took him back to the vet last week for his rabies injection which we had held off to give him time to fully recover. He was weighed and we were surprised to find he was 32.25 kgs, have just measured him and he is about 26.5"to his shoulder. The reason for this long post [apologies for this] is we are wondering if he is showing normal growth as the vet says Parvo can cause stunted growth. 08 2019 2 by Peter Marsh, on Flickr 08 2019 3 by Peter Marsh, on Flickr

melbrod 08-04-2019 10:40 AM

No apologies necessary. We're all on here so we can ask questions and talk (sometimes about our dobes :D)

So he's about 9 months old? It sounds like he's had a tough go of it--I'm glad you guys pulled him through.

It's a little hard to tell what his actual build is from your picture--he looks like he's not terribly muscular at this point, but I think as he matures and is able to exercise more, he'll bulk up a bit. His height and weight are just about within standards for an adult dobe even at this point, and male dobes tend to add muscle until they are 2 or even 3 even once they've reached their full height.

I'm not sure what you expect of him, but dobes are actually supposed to be a medium-sized males 26-28 inches at the shoulder and usually about 75-95 pounds (34 to 43 kg) as a mature dog. There are people out there who brag about their giant over-weight dobe like that is how a good dobe is supposed to look, but dobes are really supposed be muscular but still trim and agile-looking.

Dobes can be prone to developing spine/neck troubles, so given that he's already had some inflammation as a result of parvo, you might even want to use an ordinary harness instead of a collar on him when you're out on walks, especially if he tends to be a puller. Don't use a Halti or head harness (one of those collar/harness contraptions designed to keep a dog from pulling); they can change a dog's gait a bit while you're walking them--they tend to walk a little sideways or with their head cocked around a little--and may be stressful on the dog's neck.

Marshie 08-04-2019 11:20 AM

Thanks for the reply, will try to get better pics later but it so hot here at the moment all the dogs do is lay around. Good to know he is "normal" size wise. We are lucky with him in that he is not a puller and walks with head against my leg on and off the lead. He gets most of his exercise from playing with the other 3 dogs. Over here in Spain he is classified as a dangerous dog and as such he will need to muzzled when out and we need to get licences. Our vet disagrees that he is classified as a dangerous dog and is currently discussing a case with the local police. Will update on what we find out, problem here in Spain is that the law is not clear and can vary from town to town.

melbrod 08-04-2019 11:34 AM

Just to be clear....a muzzle is not the same as what they call "head harnesses" over here.

A head harness is specifically designed to keep a dog from pulling. A popular kind has a loop which goes around the dog's nose and the leash is attached directly to it.

The problem with them is where the leash is attached. If a dog pulls, his head can be twisted to one side.

It's a shame dobes have such a bad reputation among some people. But I guess a properly fitted muzzle is just one of those things a dog can get used to. I had one girl who had to wear one when she was outside to keep her from eating grass and twigs--she had had a blockage and we really needed to make sure she couldn't get herself in trouble by eating something she shouldn't. She was a very sweet girl, but a lot of people thought she must be vicious because she was muzzled. Didn't help with their ideas about dobe personality at all.

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