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Old 05-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How much should a 6 week old gsd weigh?

I dont have him yet but I will soon. I was just curious of what the healthy, normal weigh for a puppy this age is?
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Wow, that seems early to go home. Fiona was 15 pounds at 10 weeks, so I would guess around 9 lbs at 6 weeks. Puppy needs time with mommy and littermates if possible. You will have to teach bite inhibition if comes home at 6 weeks.


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Old 05-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would guess around 7-9lbs? I imagine you're going to get a lot of these comments, but why are you bringing a puppy home at 6 weeks? The pup shouldn't leave his mother until at least 8 weeks. Most places won't - and shouldn't - let you take them home any sooner than that.
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All pups are different. My boy at 8 weeks was 10 pounds. No idea what he was at 6 weeks but I would guess around 7 pounds?

It's very important to get your puppy to the vet when you do get him. Bring a poop sample to test for worms. This is part of a normal check up visit.

Hopefully your pup will still be with his littermates and mom at 6 weeks.
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I would guess around 7-9lbs? I imagine you're going to get a lot of these comments, but why are you bringing a puppy home at 6 weeks? The pup shouldn't leave his mother until at least 8 weeks. Most places won't - and shouldn't - let you take them home any sooner than that.
My breeder said that the last litter of pups, the Mother of them wouldnt let the puppies nurse from her anymore, she said if its like the last litter then ill be bringing him home at 6 weeks if not like the last litter then probuably 8 weeks and ill be bringing him home. And there is no law where I live that says that seperating a puppy this age is illegal.
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You shouldn't worry so much about the pups weight when you get him/her. All dogs are different so just make sure they are happy and active. My pup gains 10lbs a month and he is 5 months old and is around 50 lbs right now. You can use that as a guideline for now.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And there is no law where I live that says that seperating a puppy this age is illegal.
Forget the law. It's not ethical and it's not what's best for those puppies to go home that early.

I'd go with another breeder.

To answer your question, here's a growth chart. These are just average numbers since puppies grow at different rates.

http://www.german-shepherd-lore.com/...wth-chart.html

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just because there isn't a law against selling 6 week old puppies where you live doesn't mean it's a good idea, or what's best for the puppies. Where do you live, BTW? I'm guessing not in the U.S.?
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My pup was exactly 2 pounds per week up to 6 months.
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Even though the mother weaned them doesn't mean her job is over. After that she will teach the puppies so much that we, as humans, cannot teach them. Trust me, I got a puppy just a few days shy of 5 weeks old and even though he has turned out fine, it wasn't without struggle, I wish every day that he would have had that time with his mother. I even had a female dog at home that sort of taught him, but she's not his mother and had never been a mother... I can't blame her for not knowing what to do.
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