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Germanshepherdlover2507 04-12-2014 12:08 AM

Is he too small?
 
Rosco is currently 4 months 4 days old. He weighs 36.4 pounds. He is a SL. I hear d that SL shepherds are usually bigger than WL? Anyway I just wanted to know if he's a good weight. We feed him 2 cups and a bit twice a day. Is that enough for him or too much?
thanks guys:)

Madisonmj97 04-12-2014 01:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Germanshepherdlover2507 (Post 5363737)
Rosco is currently 4 months 4 days old. He weighs 36.4 pounds. He is a SL. I hear d that SL shepherds are usually bigger than WL? Anyway I just wanted to know if he's a good weight. We feed him 2 cups and a bit twice a day. Is that enough for him or too much?
thanks guys:)

My male GSD puppy weighs 20lbs at 13 week and I also thought it was a little small but the doc said that they don't stop growing till at least a year old. Also he said mine will be more lean, so it may be diff with yours. But 36lbs sounds about right for a 4 month old GSD. Just my opinion though. You can go to google and search GSD weight chart and it'll give you the average weight of pups to adult.

Pax8 04-12-2014 01:06 AM

That sounds about right to me. Honestly, it's hard to say what a good weight is because it depends on the dog. As long as he is not too skinny and he is not obese, then he is developing normally and his food is at the right amount. I keep an eye on my pup's body weight versus their frame more than anything else when they're growing.

There are some charts that people have made, but most pups don't actually fit on them. Mine was about 20 pounds at 4 months which I think the chart said made him a dwarf D: But he's a happy healthy 60 pounds now and still growing!

My best advice is to keep an eye on his body weight and make sure he doesn't get fat. I actually like to keep my pups on the lean side. In my experience, it helps keep them from getting quite so many growth spurts and it keeps them light so their weight doesn't put too much stress on their joints.

Madisonmj97 04-12-2014 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Pax8 (Post 5364041)
That sounds about right to me. Honestly, it's hard to say what a good weight is because it depends on the dog. As long as he is not too skinny and he is not obese, then he is developing normally and his food is at the right amount. I keep an eye on my pup's body weight versus their frame more than anything else when they're growing.

There are some charts that people have made, but most pups don't actually fit on them. Mine was about 20 pounds at 4 months which I think the chart said made him a dwarf D: But he's a happy healthy 60 pounds now and still growing!

My best advice is to keep an eye on his body weight and make sure he doesn't get fat. I actually like to keep my pups on the lean side. In my experience, it helps keep them from getting quite so many growth spurts and it keeps them light so their weight doesn't put too much stress on their joints.

What did you feed yours? And do you have a picture of your pup at 4 mos weighing at 20?? I want to see how lean yours was bc mine is lean but idk... I'm the same with the stress on joints as well that's also why I'm asking.

Pax8 04-12-2014 02:54 AM

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Mine is on a mix of Orijen, Acana, and raw. Puppies need lots of calories, but I like to provide more straight meat based calories rather than food that has a lot of oat, rice, or barley because calories from meat will be leaner. A dog who eats foods with lots of oats and rice and such will also get blood sugar spikes because the grain does not break down and release the sugars evenly. I didn't think to tale too many pictures that would indicate body type at that time, so I tried to find the best ones.

It can be hard to tell with him too because he's super fluffy. I usually use the rib test. With your dog facing away from you, put your thumbs on their shoulder blades and run your fingers down the dog's ribcage. On puppies, I can always feel the last two, but can't see them. I recheck it every week and adjust food accordingly.

My phone is being finicky and only letting me upload one photo it looks like. I'll upload more pictures tomorrow if you want.

gurlonfire2004 04-12-2014 11:25 AM

Stormie weighed 36.2 pounds at 17 weeks. Her growth (in weight) has slowed since then and now at 22 weeks she weighs 42 pounds. Your pup sounds like a good weight to me.

Germanshepherdlover2507 04-12-2014 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by gurlonfire2004 (Post 5365097)
Stormie weighed 36.2 pounds at 17 weeks. Her growth (in weight) has slowed since then and now at 22 weeks she weighs 42 pounds. Your pup sounds like a good weight to me.

I checked out a gsd puppy growth chart and saw that the average male pup at 4 months should be 40 pounds. I know this is only the average but still. Do you think he'll grow up to be a big boy?

Germanshepherdlover2507 04-12-2014 03:03 PM

I forgot to mention that his front paws are really big too. So does that mean he's gonna be big?

gurlonfire2004 04-12-2014 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Germanshepherdlover2507 (Post 5365745)
I checked out a gsd puppy growth chart and saw that the average male pup at 4 months should be 40 pounds. I know this is only the average but still. Do you think he'll grow up to be a big boy?

The best idea of his future size is going to come from what size his parents were. Just like with children, there is no sure-fire way to predict how big they'll grow.

Madisonmj97 04-12-2014 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Germanshepherdlover2507 (Post 5363737)
Rosco is currently 4 months 4 days old. He weighs 36.4 pounds. He is a SL. I hear d that SL shepherds are usually bigger than WL? Anyway I just wanted to know if he's a good weight. We feed him 2 cups and a bit twice a day. Is that enough for him or too much?
thanks guys:)

How much did he weigh at 14 weeks?


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