Here we go...
This is my absolute biggest pet peeve when it comes to german shepherds !
98% of them are simply overweight and look really wrong proportion wise. They will have "lab bodies" with a narrow small (for the body) looking heads and skinny legs. Shepherds should look somewhat "rangy" and have a very narrow body. They should never look thick or roly poly.
And I do agree that Sting looks overweight. That is NOT meant as an offense. His head looks very small compared to the rest of the body. Their is hardly a tuck-up and the back/hips/loin/chest are to "filled out" looking compared to the legs. Again, no offense meant. I'm sure he is a wonderful boy and he does look pretty !! I just don't think the weight he carries is in proportion to his body. I know the Vet said it is, but having grown up in Germany and being around countless german shepherds I have to say, the body doesn't fit the head/legs. He does have a GORGEOUS head though and is a attractive boy.
Then there is the countless times I've heard something along the lines of "my pup is 30 pounds at 2 month old, he's gonna be a monster", "my pup only weighs 25 pounds at 3 month old, what can I feed that he will be heavier/bigger", "My pup is 80 pounds at 6 month old", etc etc etc
Really ?? Do those people (the ones that are proud of the fact their pups are overweight) honestly think that their puppy will get larger/taller/bigger if they grotesquely overfeed it ??? How does that work ? So...if my mom would have pushed way more food/protein/etc into me as a kid, would I have ended up 4 inches taller, heavier and still in proportion ?? Would I have surpassed my genetically predisposed size ? NO, I would have been fatter, though.
Not only that, but there are SO many issues with bones/joint disease that are DIRECTLY related to people overfeeding their puppies. It is a human made problem. Sad thing is, many people have realized it, yet they still obsess over their puppy being as "big" as it can be for its age...SAD !!
They will grow to their genetically predisposed size even if you feed them appropriately (which is a lot less then most people think) and let them grow up SLOWLY !! I'm not saying to let them starve, but don't push the weight/food. Lots of people do, sadly.
Also, many of the digestion problems in puppies (runny poo) are also directly related to over feeding ! Many times when people say "this premium food is to rich for my pup" its simply that they are feeding TO MUCH of it !!! Even the recommended amount on the bags is often to much , esp. for Shepherd puppies.
My 1 year old male weighs 75 pounds. He looks wonderful. I assume he will top out at around 85 pounds, and I don't want him any heavier then that. He eats 1 3/4 cup of Orijen 6 Fish twice the day. Thats it. He is in perfect condition. He has always done great with that food, but yes, if fed the recommended amount on the bag, he would get the runs. It was just to much. They aren't meant to be roly poly lab pups.
I don't know what the fascination is with people wanting "the extreme". Bigger then normal, or extremely smaller then normal (giant/teacup).
If I wanted a giant dog I would get a great dane. They look "right"' at their size. Even they look bad overweight.
This is not meant as an offense at anyone having a oversized or overweight german shepherd, or one that is in any other way not up to "standard". I'm sure they are all lovely dogs and deserve the love and a good home.
My beef is with the people that are looking to create oversized in the dogs they breed or buy, or the ones that overfeed their pups/dogs because they want to brag about the how much their dog weighs.
Isn't it so much more important to worry about their joints/bones/tendons ? Who cares in 5 years what your pup weighed at 4 month old ? Noone. But you (generalizing) will care when your dog is painful and crippled at 6 years old and there isn't much to be done about it...
Growing bones aren't meant to carry all that excess weight, they aren't meant to receive all the excess minerals/vitamins that will mess up growth.
Ok. rant over ...