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sony92 01-18-2014 12:01 PM

opinion on puppy
OK guys i need some opinions on my puppy ears and development.First they have never been up yet... They have been always 3/4 up till now (17 weeks) always one of the ears was higher than the other one... So how do you think is there a chance, and when i shoud consider taping ? Also i have contacted with my breeder and the guy said that there`s no point of worrying and the ears will stand .. Ok now the other thing, i think that my puppy development is too slow, i dont know i have browsed gsd wich are 4 months old and all of them are bigger than mine , i feed him with Royal Canin maxi junior , and because of my stupidity i made the measurement on eye , and i started to measure the food ot electronic scale since i got my worries (since 4th month).The dog is bought from quality breeder and have a pedigree here is the father => , thank you for your opinions i appreciated them a lot !

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Melly 01-18-2014 12:25 PM

I think you are worrying to much :P. Dogs will grow at their own pace, as long as he is on a good quality food eating and pooping normal I would not worry. The ears at 17 weeks I wouldn't worry either if they are not up by 6-7 months then worry. It looks like they are working on coming up slowly lol.

Baillif 01-18-2014 12:26 PM

If I was betting money I'd say they go up

GSDkid 01-18-2014 01:11 PM

Don't worry too much about it. Every dog grows at it's own pace just like everything else. I'd say enjoy those puppy days while they last because before you know it, they'll be giants.

The ears will go up eventually. My girl's ears didn't go up until she was 6 months and my boy's ears went up at 14 weeks. Both didn't need any type of support.

Cassidy's Mom 01-18-2014 01:17 PM

They look like they'll go up to me, too - they look strong at the base. He's probably just starting teething, which can make ears that were already up, go up and down, so it's too soon to worry. If they're not up after he's done teething, that's when you should consider taping, but that's a couple of months from now.

Feeding him more will not make him larger, that's determined by his genetics, it will only make him fat. Puppies do not all grow at the same rate, just like humans. Considering there's a 22 pound range in the standard for adult GSDs, it only makes sense that there will be various "normal" weights at every stage of development.

sony92 01-19-2014 03:54 AM

yep he have just start teething , about week and a half ago. And what about his size ? Is the growth rate varies on each dog ? Is it possible that my dog develop slowly till 4 month and then start to grow more quickly? Actually till what time gsd`s grow rapidly ?
Thank you for your feedback :o

Melly 01-19-2014 11:52 AM

I had a female Shepherd at 6 months she was 35 lbs I really thought her growth was messed up.... at 1 year she had matured to a decent 55 lbs now at 3 she is 72-75. I have another that was 55 lbs at 6 months and only 65 lbs at 19 months, they all do their own thing.

Cassidy's Mom 01-19-2014 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by sony92 (Post 4860817)
Is it possible that my dog develop slowly till 4 month and then start to grow more quickly? Actually till what time gsd`s grow rapidly ?

Absolutely, and it depends on the dog. Generally speaking, the rapid growth of puppyhood has begun to slow down by 6 months or so. Baby puppies can put on as much as 10-12 pounds in a month, but obviously that doesn't keep up forever. Our Dena at 6 months old outweighed her half brother Keefer by 7 pounds when he was the same age, but his adult weight was 8-10 pounds more than hers, so they grew at different rates even though they were related.

doggiedad 01-19-2014 12:34 PM

my last GSD ears stood at 6 months old. the dog i
have now ears stood at 5 months. both dogs ears
did the dance "one ear up one ear down both ears
round and round".

don't worry about the size of your dog. all of them grow
differently and at their natural pace.

HarleyTheGSD 01-19-2014 02:02 PM

Just as a precaution, I would start taping now. My younger male's ears stood up for a good 2 weeks, then fell down during teething. It's been deciding what it wants to do ever since. One of his ears is completely erect, while the other has a tiny crease. I started taping at six months. Look at the photos of Varick now on my profile page. The ear isn't floppy, but it's not completely erect.

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