German Canine

This fabulous dog is known as the Apollo of all dogs because of its large size. This dog's height is around eighty-six centimeters from the wichers down and a female's height is around seventy-one centimeters. The head of the German Dogo is rectangular, large and chiseled with a fine stop that is strongly pronounced. The eyes of this dog are medium sized and well inserted; the ears are high up on its head, medium sized, and can be nipped or left natural in which case they should hang (if they are nipped they should stand upwards). The neck of this dog is firm and well arched; the wicher descends towards a short and straight back. The chest is long and wide and the thorax extends until the elbow. The tail is highly inserted and when the dog is excited it curves slightly. It has a short coat, which is thick and shiny. German dogs can be tabby, blue, black, or harlequin with diluted looking black spots.

Ideal owner:
The German Dogo is a big dog… a very big dog as a matter a fact. The funny thing about this dog is that it is not aware of its size and is very easy going and kind. Fortunately this dog is not aggressive and has a very well balanced character. Besides being a really nice "guy" this dog adores children. Exercise is necessary to keep this dog at its best physically.

A newborn German Dogo weighs between 340 to 680 grams. Breeders usually wean them at five or six weeks of age. At around eight weeks it should weigh around ten to twelve and a half kilograms. It has a very rapid growth period between four and ten months of age. It is very important to give this dog very high quality food but to take it easy on the amount of protein given to it. Don't fall into the temptation of giving it supplements to help its growth, because if it grows too quickly it can cause it to have problems with its bones. It's recommended to feed it a diet prescribed by the veterinarian or a breeder. An excess mount of food can cause it to have growth problems too. Breeders suggest taking it to the veterinarian often during its growth stage to help canalize its growth. This dogs teeth starts to change around two months and can affect the way it holds its ears up. Avoid giving it calcium supplements. The German dog reaches its fully physical maturity around two years of age.

General health:
Believe it or not, despite its large size, this dog actually requires very little specific care. The amount of care that needs to be put into its coat and ears are minimum. If you own one of these dogs, make sure to keep it in a fenced garden and to feed it correctly. Since it has such a good character it conforms to taking daily walks and it is easy to educate and train. Heart problems can affect this dog at around four or three year of age. Wobbler syndrome can affects its nervous system between the ages of three to eighteen months. Hypothyroidism is another risk. Deafness is also a risk for some. Make sure to look into and find out about this breed before getting one. Talk to the owners, breeder and with the veterinarian to make sure it is healthy. The life span of this dog is very short – around five to ten years, however there are some that have lived up to fourteen years. As this dog becomes older it will need more attention as far as its diet is concerned.

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