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Old 12-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there any accurate predictor for adult size from a pup

I have a 4 month old GSD that weighed 48lbs on his four month b-day.... online calculators to determine final size vary in their predictions by a ton,,, one said final weight of 115lbs and another said 74lbs.. one other said 95lbs.... is there any truly accurate way to come reasonably close?
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... fyi I feed him twice a day. One cup Royal Canin mixed with raw burger, raw kidney, raw liver, cottage cheese, shredded carrots, spinach and peas... the raw mixture is all minced together prior to adding to the kibble.
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Best predictor is to look at the parents.
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from puppyhood to 2 yrs old is a good indicator of their size. lol.
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Yes, look at the parents and what they've produced.
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my father always said to look at the feet when trying to determine the size a dog will be when an adult.
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my father always said to look at the feet when trying to determine the size a dog will be when an adult.
This not not accurate. Look at the tiny paws on a greyhound and the huge paws on a basset. Just like people, all dogs have different size paws.


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my father always said to look at the feet when trying to determine the size a dog will be when an adult.
That's interesting. A local dog trainer who also breeds GSDs has a bitch described as "Slovak bloodlines" who I don't remember being overly large, but having absolutely MASSIVE feet: Meggie Policia-Slovakia
(BTW- why wouldn't he have just said Czech?)

Can't really find any stacked pics. And I saw this dog probably three years ago- she might have been bigger than I remember. Her feet were like lion's paws.
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Rerun- am I thinking of the correct dog? I think you're pretty familiar with Bruce's dogs, right? Whichever "Slovak" dog he had/has- that thing had ridiculously huge feet.
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This not not accurate. Look at the tiny paws on a greyhound and the huge paws on a basset. Just like people, all dogs have different size paws.


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well he meant compare the size of the feet compared the to puppy you are looking at. he believed this. i never cared about having the biggest dog but when my wife picked out our great pyraneese, she wanted large, she didn't choose the largest puppy, she chose the male with the largest feet. the "father" of this pup was 90 pounds, mother a few pounds less. "gangi" grew to be 130 pounds, and he wasn't fat. i personally believe this was an old wives tale, but my father usually knew what he was talking about.
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