9 week old Rottweiler loses control of back legs sometimes.

by Ray

My puppy sometimes drops his rear end. Sometimes when he is running, sometimes when he is just walking but mostly when he first wakes up. It’s almost as if he loses control but just for a second. It is usually just enough for his rear end to fall and hit the ground then he gets up and starts walking again with no problem.

Is this a normal coordination thing? Or is this a more possibly serious thing. I had a wonderful dog from a very reputable breeder that was such an awesome dog many years ago that has since died of old age but don’t remember anything like this.


Hi Ray
This sounds as though it could be more than the normal puppy clumsiness, but whether it’s due to hips, growing pains, an injury etc. it’s impossible to say.

I’d really recommend that you get your pup to your vet for a full check up and discuss this worry with him/her.

At 9 weeks it’s very early to see any signs of hip problems, unless there’s a very severe problem and if that was the case I would generally expect to see other signs of trouble too. But I’m not a professional and he really needs a hands-on evaluation.

It could be nothing at all to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Wishing you the best of luck and hoping that your little guy is 100% stable soon.

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Feb 13, 2013

Cerebellar hypoplasia (non-human) NEW
by: Ian Thomas

I had the same problem,constant visits to the vets blood tests X-rays I was told he was just clumsy and he would get stronger with age.i Wasn’t convinced then I came across an article on cerebellar hypoplasia. Ticked all the boxes for my dog.i took him back to the vets and he was later diagnosed with it. Hope this helps. There are clips off dogs on YouTube.

Nov 13, 2011

9wk old Rottie NEW
by: Debby Kendall

So sorry to hear this I feel bad for you but so really bad for your dog please get to see a Vet ASAP because you just don’t know what this could be. And you don’t know if your puppy is in pain but it does show he or she is in discomfort & you don’t want them to suffer in anyway. Good luck, & let us know what this is. God Bless him or her.

Nov 10, 2011

good luck to you and your pup
by: Anonymous

Please do follow the author’s advice to get your pup to a vet for a full check up. Our sweet ‘Tank’ is 7 1/2 months old and has been recently diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. We are now doing therapy and his quality of life is extremely different than we had hoped for him. He is the sweetest dog ever, smart and so loving. Good luck and hope your puppy is just going through the clumsy/growing phase!

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