Short Haired German Shepherds can live for 9 to 13 years or even more if they are healthy and well taken care of.
They are generally very healthy dogs which is as a result of both great genetics and the fact that most breeders selectively breed out undesirable traits.
However, there are a few conditions that occasionally plague the Short Haired German Shepherd that you should definitely be aware of. Here are some of the most common health problems with this variation.
Large dog breeds including the Short Haired variation of the German Shepherd are commonly affected by hip dysplasia. This condition is worsened by obesity which the breed is also prone to. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to help your dog live a comfortable life including moderate exercise, a healthy diet, and supplements for bone health.
Spinal cord degeneration
This condition is known as degenerative myelopathy and can be seriously debilitating. The condition affects functionality of the limbs and could even result in paralysis. It could also result in loss of bowel control.
Unfortunately, this degeneration is not reversible. However, early diagnosis does help with management including helping your dog adapt to a more dependent lifestyle.
Hypothyroidism is a hormonal disorder that results in low levels of thyroid hormones. These hormones play a number of roles all over the body from helping with energy production to promoting skin and coat health.
The low levels will cause a number of varying symptoms including weight gain, coat changes, reduced energy levels, and much more.