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Germanshepherdlover2507 03-18-2014 02:24 PM

Too big? Too small? Or just right?
 
Rosco 3 months 2 weeks and 3 days old and he weighs 33 pounds. He looks a bit thin to me but he's a lot heavier than I thought he would be. So is this a good healthy weight for him? And how much should I feed him? The bag said 2 cups for a pup his weight.

Castlemaid 03-18-2014 02:48 PM

Yes, that sounds like a normal weight for a 3 month old, though there is quite the range for normal growth rates in pups.

If he looks thin to you, you can feed a bit more. 2 cups a day for a growing puppy doesn't sound like enough food. I'd increase it to 2 1/2 to 3 cups a day, divided into two or three meals.

Can you post pictures? Better to have a pup on the lean side than too fat - but pics will help.

Jakesworld 03-18-2014 04:34 PM

That sounds pretty average to me. all the GSDs I've had have gained 10 lbs a month. 3 mo-30 lbs, 4 mo - 40 lbs, etc. except for one we had, but he topped out at just about 24 inches. Jake now at 8 months is about 80 lbs. thin, not skinny. Dog food bags are "guidelines". If he's losing weight, feed him more. If he's gaining weight , feed him less. Take into consideration how active he is also. Just remember for for a growing pup thin is good. You want to feel ribs, and see the last ones, look for a waist line . Easier on their joints . May lessen their chance of pano, and easier on them if they do come down with it.

Germanshepherdlover2507 03-18-2014 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Castlemaid (Post 5223778)
Yes, that sounds like a normal weight for a 3 month old, though there is quite the range for normal growth rates in pups.

If he looks thin to you, you can feed a bit more. 2 cups a day for a growing puppy doesn't sound like enough food. I'd increase it to 2 1/2 to 3 cups a day, divided into two or three meals.

Can you post pictures? Better to have a pup on the lean side than too fat - but pics will help.

Well I feed him 2 cups a meal and I feed him 2 meals a day. So a total 4 cups a day and he still wants more!

selzer 03-18-2014 05:40 PM

What are you feeding?

Castlemaid 03-18-2014 05:44 PM

4 cups a day sounds more than enough. You pup may be going through a growth spurt - just keep an eye on him, and adjust his food as needed.

Some dogs are little chow-hounds, and always act like they are starving, and would eat themselves into oblivion. If he is in good health, active and happy, then I would go more by how he looks than by how he acts to judge amounts to feed.

What are you feeding?

Germanshepherdlover2507 03-18-2014 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Castlemaid (Post 5224754)
4 cups a day sounds more than enough. You pup may be going through a growth spurt - just keep an eye on him, and adjust his food as needed.

Some dogs are little chow-hounds, and always act like they are starving, and would eat themselves into oblivion. If he is in good health, active and happy, then I would go more by how he looks than by how he acts to judge amounts to feed.

What are you feeding?

I'm feeding him "natural balance".

selzer 03-18-2014 09:06 PM

I've fed that years ago. Remember that puppies need to eat more than adults because they are growing -- lots of calories, and they have more energy than adults. Between the two, 4 cups may or may not be enough. It depends on how big your dog is likely to be as an adult, and how much energy he currently is expending.

At this age having a little extra on him is not a bad thing at all. If you can see his ribs, or if they are right there when you feel them, give him and extra 1/4 cup at each feeding. If after two weeks he does not seem to be filling out any more, bump another 1/4 cup.

Germanshepherdlover2507 03-18-2014 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by selzer (Post 5226242)
I've fed that years ago. Remember that puppies need to eat more than adults because they are growing -- lots of calories, and they have more energy than adults. Between the two, 4 cups may or may not be enough. It depends on how big your dog is likely to be as an adult, and how much energy he currently is expending.

At this age having a little extra on him is not a bad thing at all. If you can see his ribs, or if they are right there when you feel them, give him and extra 1/4 cup at each feeding. If after two weeks he does not seem to be filling out any more, bump another 1/4 cup.

Well I'm not quite sure how much the breeder fed him. I can't see his ribs but he looks a bit boney to me.


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