08-23-2012, 05:29 PM
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I'm going to have to disagree in that I don't think you can necessarily tell by the way they behave in the shelter. I'm not saying that it's never an indicator. But there is no way to know if it is and I've never met a dog in the shelter that I then saw later and was the same dog. My dad got a dog from the shelter that was full of energy and just wanted our attention while we were there. He got him home, and after a week or so, totally mellow and independent. Still a good dog, but nothing like the one we met. Nervous energy was masked as excitement and interest. My first dog was exactly the opposite. She was so calm and wouldn't even look at us. But I just loved her. We got her home and she was extremely playful and always wanted to be around people her entire life.
Like I said, I'm not saying it's never an indicator, but in the 5 dogs I've known, it really hasn't been. So to base your decision on that wouldn't be what I personally would do. If you can't stop thinking about him, maybe he already won you over. Now you need to win him over. Or maybe you want a dog that is more social right away. It's totally up to you.
As for the checkups at the shelters, I'm pretty sure the regulations differ from state to state. Probably even from county to county. But even if he did get looked over - hip/spinal issues often don't present themselves all the time. And unless somebody told the vet "I noticed some wobbling," he/she probably wouldn't have even looked. DM can be tested through DNA. But there's no way they would have done that at the shelter. Something I personally would do is ask the people that work there if he often wobbles. But like another person said, I don't even know what this wobbling looked like. Did it look like his legs were getting crossed up in the back?