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Old 05-29-2011, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I hear people use the phrase "full grown" For GSD's when is this milestone generally accepted? I would like to get mine neutered but I want to wait till he is finished growing. I just assumed that he would be full grown at around 18 months from what I have read, but what is widley accepted as full grown status?

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Old 05-29-2011, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As a general rule of thumb, 18 months at a minimum. Many continue to "fill out" from 2 - 3 yrs old however.
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I have read that growth plates are closed at 2 yrs of age, anyone?
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There is a ton of information available on this. The consensus is that full height is reached by 1 year and full weight by 2 - 2.5 years. Of course, weight gain can continue if the dog is being over fed or under exercised. ( or both )
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If it's for neutering, I would say 18 months although some people choose to wait til 2 years.
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If considering to neuter a dog...I would always suggest to wait until at least 18mos old. Honestly, a male dog does not "fill out" till at least 2 yrs of age....and even later depending on the bloodlines.
*My male did not reach "maturity" until 3yrs old.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If I decide to neuter Xander I'll be waiting until he's a minimum of 18months but probably closer to two years. That's if I decide to...I'm still up in the air about it.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If considering to neuter a dog...I would always suggest to wait until at least 18mos old. Honestly, a male dog does not "fill out" till at least 2 yrs of age....and even later depending on the bloodlines.
*My male did not reach "maturity" until 3yrs old.
Thank you. Ive heard this from many people, but the consensus has been anywhere from 18-24 months for neutering. Im glad you all reinforced it. I want my guy to be as "manly" looking as possible so this helps with my decision.
Hes pretty lean right now, as I feed TOTW pretty strictly, and instead of training treats, I make him work for his meals. I would imagine as he matures more I will increase his diet to help fill him out a bit, but I like the lean look as thats the breed standard
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Thank you. Ive heard this from many people, but the consensus has been anywhere from 18-24 months for neutering. Im glad you all reinforced it. I want my guy to be as "manly" looking as possible so this helps with my decision.
Hes pretty lean right now, as I feed TOTW pretty strictly, and instead of training treats, I make him work for his meals. I would imagine as he matures more I will increase his diet to help fill him out a bit, but I like the lean look as thats the breed standard
Well my 5 month-old has a cryptorchid testicle, which is ultimately a cancer risk. I've been to two vets and they both said that neutering before 1 year old doesn't have much of a negative effect. There is info online to suggest otherwise, but one of the vets even suggested that there is a lot of misinformation on the net. I'm not sure who to believe at this point.

However, I'm also planning on doing a gastropexy, so I will be waiting until my pup is 1 year old before doing anything.
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I consider full grown to be mentally and physically mature (including "filled out"). For my current male that will probably be around 3 years old.
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