You can expect the Shiba Shepherd to live between 10 to 14 years with proper care. That’s quite a balance between the Shiba Inu with a life expectancy between 12 to 15 years and the Shepherd’s 9 to 13 years.
Small dogs are known to live longer than medium and large dogs. But the Shiba Inu German Shepherd’s case is unique in that parents belong to different classes.
While the Shiba Inu parent may not bring many problems, the German Shepherd is a source of concern for its rampant sicknesses. So for your crossbreed, here are some common health issues that may affect them.
If your Shiba Shepherd is having pain in the anus or bleeding, this is the first suspect. The disease is characterized by an abscess in the anal canal which causes much pain. Your canine buddy will require surgery to shake this off.
The disease is a genetic abnormality that affects the spinal cord of your furry canine. Signs include weakness in the limb that ends up in paralysis if unchecked. Infected dogs will find it hard rising from a sitting position, and falling with a little push.
There is no known cure for this condition. Screening the German Shepherd parent before crossbreeding is the best way to prevent this disease.
Hemophilia in dogs results from spontaneous gene mutations, which cause deficiency of the coagulation factors, VIII and IX, in the blood. As a result, blood does not clot as it should, and bleeding doesn’t stop.
Bleeding from body openings, general body weakness, and sudden death are pointers to this disease. No treatment is available, so all the more reason to choose healthy dogs for crossbreeding.