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Our male fawn dobe Samson is just 7 months old and has been Mr. Limpy for about a week now... he started favoring his front right leg when he walked, stood, and even when he was at his food & water bowls.  My husband & I have checked his paw, nails, joints, couldn't find even one thing to explain it.... then magically yesterday his leg seemed totally better.... and then he started doing the same favoring thing with his back left.  Again, we both checked his gimpy leg thouroughly, his paw & all his pads, his nails... his leg all the up to his hip.... NOTHING seems to be the problem!  What gives?  Is Samson (aka Mr. Limpy now) just looking for extra love and attention?  Has anyone else ever experienced something like this?  We really don't want to have to take him to the vet if he's just seeking extra attention or if it's nothing serious.  We just moved and funds are a bit tight.  However, if it's something that should really be checked out we'd like to know that, too.  But how do we tell?

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Hi Noble Mama and welcome to the forum.. There have been several reports of limping from the doberkids. If there's no swelling or heat emanating from the areas, I would think about growing pains.

Samson is seven months and probably growing like a weed.. how much does he weigh?

Pups are clumsy and tend to 'fall over their own feet' as was the case with another pup recently ( you can check the "search" link and get more information from this forum.

You have a fawn?? OMG so do we!! from what I understand they are relatively rare would love to see pictures of Samson aka Mr. Limpy. And hear how you got him

Kate

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Noble Mama - Welcome to the forum. Having raised a number of Dobies over 27 years, they do have a problem with being klutzy during their fast growing time. Even when they are adults from time to time they will "prance sideways like a race horse going to the paddock" as Lady Kate recently posted. This is a side effect of the long legs they have. While these legs are growing in spurts, they do become tender.

I am sure by now Samson has hit a door frame with his hips while clearing it with his shoulders at least once. This sideways prance and bumping of door frames is caused by his rear legs wanting to go a little faster than his front legs. Dobies have three natural gaits, slow walk, trot and all out gallop. Anything in between they have a little problem with.

I would not worry unless it persists beyond a week. However, since you have fawned (sorry about that) over him so, I would not put it past him to use that to gain attention and affection. As I am sure you have already discovered or big bad Dobies are in reality big bad babies around their people. They love attention and affection and will follow you everywhere. When I get up to go somewhere in the house, it's a parade. Me, my big red shadow and his slightly smaller shadow. AKA, Red and Princess my two red Dobies. Red is 7 1/2 and very large (30" tall and 100 pounds)and Princess is 19 months old and more normally sized at 27" tall and 70 pounds.

I was privilaged to own a Fawn female at one time back in the late '80's. They are truly unique. You will discover that as Samson ages to maturity his body will darken slightly but his head will develop a slivery look.

We look forward to photos and stories.

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I agree, most likely Samson is just fine. Maybe similar to when we humans stand up after sitting or laying down for awhile and need a few seconds for our legs to adjust. I'd watch his gait often to ensure the limp does not become more frequent or obvious. We take Sage to Banfield Vet, which is inside Pets Mart. They have a wellness plan [pay monthly or all up front] that has saved us a lot $$$ in the long run. He just had his annual comprehensive check up which included lab work, head-to-toe physical exam, immuno updated, at no charge. Only paid for the radiology heart three-view, and EKG. They always call ahead of time to let me know when something his due, too.

BTW, please post up pics. 

Anyway, keep us posted on Samson.

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Hello all, and thank you so very much for all the replies.  My hubby & I will definitely keep a close eye on him and from what you've all described it definitely sounds like just clutziness combined with growing pains.... especially since the gimpy leg went from front right to rear left, LOL....

To answer your question, Kate, last time he was at the vet (about 3 weeks ago) he weighed in at a strong 51 lbs... So yes, he's still growing like a weed!

I will keep you updated, and I also just posted a picture of him  :)

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He is GORGEOUS!! and I love the natural look.. What a bright and sassy guy! and look at those stilts you call legs.. he's going to be a big fella..

Keep on with your stories about him..

this is a great forum with wonderful contributors who all just adore the breed.. Lots of suggestions and advice if needed..

I don't know how I would have managed the last year without such great friends always here to help

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Noble Mama; Are you or husband present/former Marine? I read in your site bio your at Havelock, NC. When I think of Havelock ... MCAS Cherry Point comes to mind. I was at Cherry Pit back in the 80's only briefly back in my Marine Corps days.

Cute puppy! Leaving the ears or having them cropped?  

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Thanks Lady Kate  :)  He definitely will be a big boy... that was one of the first things we noticed when we were looking at adopting him... how HUGE his feet & legs were, they weren't even in proportion to the rest of his body they're so big!  He's finally starting to grow into them though...

Yes, SoldierRN, my husband is a Marine stationed here at MCAS Cherry Point.  We've only been here about 3 weeks now, but he's a career guy, been in 13 years, 7 to go til retirement... what about you?  I saw in a thread you replied to that you had ordered supplies online while you were in Iraq.  How long were you in the Corps?

As for Samson we are going to leave him uncropped & undocked... he didn't have either done before we got him (at 3 mos old) and when we inquired with our vet about them we were told the docking at least is usually done within the first week of life as it's much less traumatizing with a faster recovery when done that young.  But we like him that way, we have several young children and another "in the oven" (which is another Samson story in itself) and we think he looks much more friendly (to kids) than the dobes that have cropped ears.  And since there's really no hard medical reason to have it done (at least to my knowledge) we're just keeping him all natural.

Good talking to everyone; keep in touch & take care of those gorgeous dobe's!

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Noble Mama, check out my last post on the Independence thread. Tell your Devil Dog ... Semper Fi!

http://www.gentledoberman.com/forums/doberman-pinscher-discussion/general/independence-day#comment-5460

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I wouldn't worry too much either Noble Mama, just like the others said there has been plenty of our doberkids limping around lately, my pup was one of them.  You can look it up on the Doberman Healt section.  He tripped over his leg while running after a toy and let out a loud yelp.  He stayed limping after that for about a week and a half.  I took him to the vet to make sure there was no hairling fracture, but the vet said he was perfectly fine; that it was probably more distressing for me then it was for him.

You need to be aware of Pano. It is something that young Dobermans are notorious for. Most likely it is nothing as puppies are notoriuos for being clumbsy. Pano can be quite painful for puppies. I think everyone could benefit from looking this up and reseraching it. This is a problem in lists like this where you have a lot of new puppy owners who don't know any better and pass it off as nothing.

By the way love the fawns! We used to have one that as a puppy while her ears were posted I'd take her to the school to pick up my daughter, all the kids would run over and ask if it was a goat.