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Old 01-02-2014, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When exactly is the pin head stage?

Just wondering..my dog's head seems a bit small for his age. It has been years and years since I have had a large breed pup since puppyhood . I adopted my last 4 dogs now , this GSD is the only one who was under 10 months to a year old when I brought him home..he was about 3 months old when I brought him home . So I forget maybe..

Anyway , he is just turning 10 months , is 70 pounds and 26 1/2 " at the withers so is in the long and lanky stage. His chest has not filled yet or anything. Mostly curiosity - is there some kind of head filling out stage o will he most likely be a GSD with a slender head?

In any event I think he is awesome. Since I know nothing about his lineage I sit and wonder about these things when I am bored



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Old 01-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He's beautiful, I think his head looks just fine lol. Doesn't look small at all to me...
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I don't think his head looks small but it does look too feminine for a male GSD. Just my opinion.

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Your dog is very good looking! I think his head looks smaller because in the winter because they get that big ruff around their neck like a lion! He is definitely not a pin head and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the way he looks.
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Hopefully he doesn't read this thread. He will be disappointed LOL Your boy looks great!
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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His head is beautiful. But he has a narrow chest. Throw the ball down the hill for him, swimming or pulling a sledge would be a good exercise.
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I think picture number 2 makes his head look smaller but it is the coloring that does that, not the actual size. Lots of black on face and all that tan ruff...just looks smaller when it really is not.
If his ruff was black or darker you would never think such.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input all

I would expect his chest to still be unfilled yet at 10 months?

I meant his head seems a bit slender to me ( yes , a bit fem lol )

We had GSDs my entire childhood and I had my own briefly when I was 19 and 20 ( bloat :/) ..the males I remembered having had broader blockier heads than my dog now..but I di not remember if they got that way with maturity or if they started out with that blockier look. It was the 70s , they all came from hobby breeders I'm sure , and I vaguely remember " large boned GSDs " being all the rage

More of a curious lineage/type of GSD question I guess. I love the way he looks now , he gets tons of compliments. I just remember a different type of head on my childhood dogs.
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My showline GSD had a much longer and narrow head in comparison to my now working line GSD.
I definately don't think your boy looks feminine and yes his chest and overall body should fill out with age and maturity.
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