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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-11-2014, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, Ive recently got my first german shepherd puppy Gunnar he's doing great...at least I thought until I went to the vet at 11 weeks and she mentioned that he was lean and I needed to feed him more. When I first got him he was 15lbs at 8 weeks and at 11 weeks he was 25lb. I feed him 3 1/2 cups of blue buffalo puppy large breed food. I thought he was a good weight. I can feel his ribs and spine but he doesn't look thin (could be because he's so fluffy). Are all puppies naturally lean or should he be chubbier?
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Most vets, and I work for one, are used to seeing rolly puppies. GSD should be lean. Your pup is growing great, putting on weight and a good pace. I would not be worried.


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He's the same size as my Zoe! I'm new so i have no real "expert" advice our vet was happy with Zoe's weight though.

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Thanks that makes me feel better! He's been the greatest puppy ever so far!
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I would also say that is a good weight. My (female) puppy weighed 25 pounds at 12 weeks. And now at 17 weeks she weighs 36 pounds. You should be able to feel the ribs but not see them. :-)

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Hi there, Ive recently got my first german shepherd puppy Gunnar he's doing great...at least I thought until I went to the vet at 11 weeks and she mentioned that he was lean and I needed to feed him more. When I first got him he was 15lbs at 8 weeks and at 11 weeks he was 25lb. I feed him 3 1/2 cups of blue buffalo puppy large breed food. I thought he was a good weight. I can feel his ribs and spine but he doesn't look thin (could be because he's so fluffy). Are all puppies naturally lean or should he be chubbier?

My pup was 16.5 lbs at 12 weeks and is now 26.7 pounds at just shy of 17 weeks.
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25lbs is a good weight for an 11 week old GSD male. It is best to grow them slowly and not allow them to become obese.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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Sounds ok to me. I'm glad my vet supported my keeping my pup lean, I had another vet tell me she was too thin, which was a bit upsetting, but my regular vet said not to worry.

Can you post some pics in good lighting, from the side and from the top down?
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He's 12 weeks on Friday.
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what a stunning looking boy


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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