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Old 11-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jager is now 4 mo old and we got his final round of shots yesterday. The vet mentioned he is a smaller GSD. This depressed me slightly.
When I got home I looked up the generic height and weight chart...
He's only 21lbs and 4 months old....
He eats all the time and very active...

His current feed is Natures Balance ...

Help a depressed / saddened owner...

Now I'm not saying I wont love him as much bc hes a "tiny" GSD but ya know..... figured him to be at least average...

When we picked him out of the litter at the breeder - they were all the same size and he didn't seem like the runt...
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How tall is he? From shoulder to floor basically. I have a 20 pound four month old, but she is only 15 inches. She is about the size of a 10 week old normal GSD puppy. If his height is normal he might just be thin. Can you take some pictures for us to see his body?


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Old 11-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just measured him... he DOES NOTTTTTT like the measuring tape haha...
18-19" tall...
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Sounds normal to me. They all grow at different rates. There have been others who were slow growers and ended up being 75-80 pound adults. Him being lean and growing slow is much better on his joints right now.

He's adorable btw and looks healthy to me.


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Old 11-11-2012, 12:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He's only 4 months old - he has a LOT of growing left to do! It's way too soon to worry about his weight, and it really shouldn't be a concern anyway. You can't make him any bigger than he's genetically predetermined to be, and feeding more to try and make him grow faster is just going to make him fat.

At 6 months old my boy Keefer was 7 pounds less than his half sister was at the same age. As a male he should have weighed MORE than she did at 6 months old, but he grew at a slower rate than she did. At adulthood he ended up outweighing her by nearly 10 pounds - he's 80 pounds, a little over the mid-range of the standard for a male, which is approximately (converted from kgs) 66-88 pounds.

If he's healthy, his stools are normal, and he's continuing to grow, you really don't need to worry about his weight.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He's beautiful! What percent protein is in your feed? I purposely feed my puppy a special lower protein food designed for large breed dogs so they don't develop too quickly. She is larger and even with that special diet at 5 mos she was 48lbs. They all develop differently. Mine has really grown since then and from 5 to nearly 7mos she weighed in at just under 60lbs! So it just depends.

Your dog is really pretty, enjoy his puppy months and train him. I have done lots of reading and find that your dog will reach his height and weight that he was programed for whether you try to rush the process with high protein foods or not. It is better if they grow slowly!!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Maybe y'all can tell me what you think, my Astro is 5 1/2 months old, I am pretty sure he hit like a 3 day growth spurt... Is this normal? This is him today and I want to ensure he is healthy? And gosh darn it I would like to know his breed underweight ? how / what to do-imageuploadedbypg-free1353866295.043086.jpg


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