Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Central Florida
I know that this thread is old but what the heck. My dog Jack is a 1.5 y/o male GSD. His sire and dam are both of East German lines, his sire being first gen born in the US and dam was imported. When I weighed him a month ago he was 100.4 lbs. Six months prior to that he was 90 lbs and everyone remarked about how he looked too skinny (he is a tall dog and can fully rest his head on my kitchen table). I am satisfied to keep him between 95 and 105 because he has a clearly defined waist and just a little bit of flesh around the ribs. I now use the rib and birds-eye-view tests (plus weigh-ins every three months) to determine whether or not he needs to lose weight. He gets lots of exercise every day (1.5 hours of jogging/running with no breaks, plus a few hours chasing squirrels in my half-acre back yard) and with basic training he has become the best dog I could ever want.
In my opinion, size does not matter as much as fitness level when determining the greatness of a dog. The AKC requires that GSD males be a max of 85 lbs and many people argue it is because the frame of a larger dog cannot support the weight. However, hip dysplasia among AKC standard dogs is abhorrent. The Schutzhund also requires male GSDs to be no more than 85 lbs but that is because many do not think a large dog can have the same level of endurance as a smaller dog. There is also some flawed thinking in this because one might then think that a jack russell would have greater endurance than a GSD. My point is that consistent physical training of a dog is a much more accurate predictor of future health and performance than the size of a dog's frame.