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Old 01-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I keep hearing about these 120-140lbs GSDs with not a gram of fat on them. I have handled hundreds in rescue, and had one male that was around 100lbs and not overweight. When I walk my 80lbs male, people tell me he must be 120lbs.

My question is whether these 120lbs lean females and 140 lbs lean males are real? How many have you seen among all the dog's you handled over the years?

I had a couple of 90 lbs females that were extremely obese and needed to lose 20-30lbs.
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No fat on him, one of the shelter dogs I worked with was 110lbs. He was a BIG boy. I weighed him myself because I didnt believe he was as large as they were saying (130lbs was what they said). He was in good shape, 7 years old. Would have adopted him if i could have.

When I was 10 a friend of the family had another male with his sister. The female was 65lbs. The male was 100lbs even, though he'd also gotten sick and steroids had been necessary so that may have had an effect on his size. He was in decent shape too. Could have dropped a couple lbs but wouldnt have been necessary. He was lean and well muscled.
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The largest PB GSD I've ever seen was 105 pounds and he was lean. I can't imagine 120 pounds.
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Sinister's dad was pretty big from what I remember. I would say he was about 30' at the shoulder and around 110-120 pounds.

His mom was pretty big for a female too, but they breed for large over the standard dogs.

My male is 28' at the shoulder and weighs 85 pounds, I always hear "he's has to be well over 100."
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I saw a HUGE GSD one time, it was an old female, I think, American lines. Dog looked like 30" at the shoulder maybe more and probably 100lbs even though she was old and lean. Was not in bad condition given the age but it was like I couldn't peel my eyes away, she was so big it was disturbing.

I worked with a grossly fat female GSD at the shelter for a while. She was so fat she could barely move right so I just walked her real slow in big laps around the parking lot.
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My Lobo was 100lb when he reached adulthood. I kept him lean, though, at about 95lb to protect his joints. Both his parents were within breed standard, but all three males in the litter grew to be pretty big boys. Just the luck of the genetic draw, I think.
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I honestly think some people exaggerate the weight of their dogs or they are just way off.

My boy weighed 71 pounds at his last vet visit about two weeks ago, several people have said when we are out & about that he must weigh 100 - 110 pounds, right? I LOVE to see there faces when I tell them his weight...then I hear, oh he's really small for a GSD...go figure
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I've seen a 120, he was lean and coated (you could easily feel his ribs), he was about 32" at the shoulder and was only 2 years old. He tried to dominate my boy and failed missarably. He had the temperment of a St. Bernard. I've also seen an overweight sable at about 140, he was probably a good 20-30 lbs overweight and the owners knew it.
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Mines the tallest I have seen. Otto is 31 1/2 inches at the withers. However he is very lean at 96lbs.
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My neighbors GSD was about 30" and 120+ when he died. Not really fat, just completely oversized.

He died when he was around 10 or 11 and was so crippled from his bad hips that he needed one of those wheel chairs just to get around.

He's the dog that got me into GSD's.
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