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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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My baby Bear has bowed legs :(

Bear went to the groomer for the first time today and I when I picked her up, I quickly discovered that she has bowed legs

I have researched and have found a mix of opinions about the matter.

Should I be worried about this? She's an active little thing, loves to run, loves to swim, doesn't limp and is just perfect to me. I love her to death and I'm hoping that this "defect" isn't going to shorten her life or create health problems..

I've attached some pics so you can see what I'm talking about. She's 8 and a half months old.

Oh and she also comes from excellent lines and a reputable breeder so I'm very confused as to how this has happened
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No idea about the legs, but she sure is cute. Love her colour.
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What a cutie, love her color. I just don't know what to say. Does your breeder only breed Havanese? Even a really good breeder can have a dog that has some problem, this is why they can not really say all their puppies are show quality, The most important part of a pet puppy is that medically they are sound and they have a good temperment.

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Let her hair grow a bit longer and you won't even notice.
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First, I WOULD let her breeder know... it is important for her to know this when making future breeding decisions. Second, it CAN happen even in "good families" so just because she ended up with bowed legs doesn't mean that your breeder wasn't a "good breeder".

Not ALL bowed legs are caused by CD, and even if it IS CD, many dogs live long and healthy lives even with MUCH more crooked legs than hers look in these photos. CD is a RISK FACTOR for some health problems. That does NOT mean that it's a given that any particular dog will have all or ANY of those health problems!

There are no guarantees in life, with dogs or with people. You do your best, and hope for the best, and deal with what comes up. For now, if she is sound and healthy, don't worry about it, just enjoy her! You might, however, want to take her to someone who is knowledgeable about CD, just to confirm whether or not that's what is going on. That way, you can know what signs to watch for if other health problems WERE to crop up later.

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I would let the breeder know, just for his/her information so she can take that into consideration while breeding Bear parents again.

She has such a beautiful color!


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Originally Posted by krandall View Post
Not ALL bowed legs are caused by CD, and even if it IS CD, many dogs live long and healthy lives even with MUCH more crooked legs than hers look in these photos. CD is a RISK FACTOR for some health problems.
Pardon my ignorance - just trying to understand - what is CD?
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The good thing is the legs are long. Distance from floor to elbow should equal elbow to top of withers. That looks like the case here. I think the ones who end up having problems, are ones with short legs, or are low on leg (the chest goes well below the elbows). She will probably never experience any problems, but as others have said, I'd let the breeder know.

Rather than CD, this is what's commonly referred to as a "crappy front". Not a health worry that I've ever seen, but I would'nt breed any dogs with this in the background, or at least coming in on only one line a long way back.
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CD is Chondrodysplasia. There is a discussion of CD in Havanese at

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Such greg pics.
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