Hi guys/gals, my name is Dave, I'm new to the site. I lost my GS of 14 years in 08 and I am now ready for my new puppy. My problem is that I am realizing that I had an extremely LARGE GS and I have set that as a standard because of my love for my last dog. I never measured him until he died, and only because my friends begged me to. I don't remember what it was to the shoulders, but he was 72'' from tip of his nose to tip of his tale and weighed in at 128lbs in his prime. (not obese) My problem is that I am afraid of not being happy with a dog that doesn't size up. I know this sounds silly, and maybe shallow, but he was the best dog I have ever had. Is there a good way to determine the size that a particular pup will be?? Charlie was a male, and pick of the litter, and considerably larger than the other pups at 8 weeks old. Is this a justifiable size determiner? My friend says its not. I know now (after reading on line about other GS's) that Charlie was one of very few to get that big, but I do want one as big as possible. I hope I'm not bugging you guys with this, any info would be greatly appreciated.