There aren't any large dogs in/around my place, except mine, and I wanted to know if it's common for a large/giant breed dog's butt to move (shake?) sideways when they are walking?

My Golden Retriever Walking

(Click on the image to watch the video or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yEeQgon--Y)

In the video is my 4-year old male Golden Retriever. He's very healthy and fine otherwise. It's just me being concerned for him.

  • How old is your dog?
    – Beth Lang
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 17:13
  • @BethWhitezel He is a 4-year old male.
    – its_me
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 18:37

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Your dog is exhibiting some classic signs of Hip Displasia.

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It can be found in many animals and in humans, but is most commonly associated with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds.

In dogs, the problem almost always appears by the time the dog is 18 months old. The defect can be anywhere from mild to severely crippling, and can eventually cause severe osteoarthritis.[6]

It is most common in medium-large pure bred dogs, such as Newfoundlands, German Shepherd Dogs, Retrievers (such as Labradors, Tollers, or Goldens), rottweilers and mastiffs, but also occurs in some smaller breeds such as spaniels and pugs

I have had 2 Pekingese that dealt with hip displasia their entire lives and other than occasionally needing to adjust themselves there was not problem they needed fixed. But in the larger breeds it almost always leads to arthritis which can reduce your dogs quality of life. You should begin talking with your dogs Vet about preventative things you can do to help delay the onset of any debilitating conditions. It could be that your dogs hips are so bad that they may need reconstruction. But that is something you will need to consult with your vet. That said you probably have several years before you need to consider and major options. But for now you should talk with your vet about ways you can help prevent the problems and maybe your dog will be able to avoid these effects altogether.

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    Yah looks like hip dysplasia. It is not unusual for goldens to have it but 4 is pretty young. Talk to a local massage therapist about exercises you can do to help strengthen without causing more pain or damage. There are medications you can give to help reduce the inflammation and pain but be sure not to give them just before exercise because then your dog may over do it and hurt more.
    – Beth Lang
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 19:42
  • Obviously consult a professional for an opinion as well and see what is needed to be done
    – Huangism
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 15:51

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