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Old 01-09-2013, 08:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I AGREE! It sounds like an "Ooops" and she is now spayed.
Even a pure female GSD can be around 50lbs, lower end of range but normal.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Isn't it mandatory for dogs at an Humane Society to be spayed/neutered?
Not everywhere. Policies vary. People use the shelters in some places to get their next breeding dogs because of this. Even in a more progressive state like NY it is not required in all shelters. Or some have a contract, which HA!
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
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We got Libby as a puppy from a shelter, and spayed her when her puppy teeth fell out, although it was not required. They now require it but give you like a month to complete it and I met a couple in the feedstore one day with a purebred intact male Pug they hoped to breed before the deadline
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ENOUGH. The OP asked if pregnancy and whelping at litter at a young age could stunt growth. She did not ask to be attacked and berated for what is past and done with.

OP, it should have only stunted her growth if her nutritional requirements were not met and, even then, it would have to have been extreme starvation. She is on the small end of GSD size, but it happens. Friend has a GSD bitch that is 48#. My female, Elena, who is 19 months, is 51.6#.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:05 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If you honestly work for the Humane society, I don't see how you could glorify your mutt giving birth to more mutts

Or maybe you haven't euthanized a litter of puppies yet.
A little over dramatic, no?

OP, I used to have a dog (now passed) that was 50lbs soaking wet. She was bred before I owned her (she was 3 years old). Some bitches are just small. Actually I see them more and more, I can think of 4 or 5 bitches I know/have seen train that are under 55lbs and have nothing wrong with them nutritionally or otherwise.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #16 (permalink)
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No, I don't think so, since it happens regularly across the nation.

It was this comment that bothered me and that I was responding to.

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Although she produces wonderful offspring.
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Goodness msvette, can you give the OP a break.
The word "Naturally" was in front of the post which implies that she was spayed.

If the OP comes on and says, "yep I just-a tie her out every heat and let whatever happens happen"...then I will post judgement but you are reading way between the lines here. Nice way to greet a new poster, JMO.
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I PMed you, jocoyn.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #19 (permalink)
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A little over a year ago, i adopted a labrashepherd puppy. Her name is violet.
Unless you know 100% that the parents were purebred GSD and purebred Lab and that there was 0% chance that any other dog could have gotten to the bitch during her season - there's no way to know EXACTLY what her genetic makeup is.

There could be some smaller dog genetics in her background and that could influence her size.
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Isn't it mandatory for dogs at an Humane Society to be spayed/neutered?
It depends on the state/area. In PA, it is mandatory. Our local HS takes a deposit that is refunded when you provide proof of spay/neuter. If you do not comply within a certain time period, they will take you to court. The HS I adopted Jax from, in PA, does them before they leave the facility. They did let me out the door with her because she was so young but I made the appointment, and they spoke to my vet, while I was filling out adoption papers.
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