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Old 12-31-2013, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am curious about something with regards to dog sizes. I have read here a lot that it would be unhealthy for a dog to be over the standard in weight. What I am curious about is what makes an 80lb female less healthy than a 88lb male? I know the female standard is smaller, but would a female that is over the standard but still less than the standard of a male have more health issues than the male?
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I say no. Only cause some GSD's are just big. I personally think the idea of a standard weight is more of a guideline.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have read here a lot that it would be unhealthy for a dog to be over the standard in weight.
I think that might be a misunderstanding or an over simplification of what people were trying to say. It would depend on whether or not the dog is overweight or oversized, and even then there's no guarantee that there would or would not be health issues.

Obviously, a dog of any size that's an appropriate weight is going to be more agile and athletic than a fat dog. And also, a smaller, lighter boned dog is going to excel at some sports more than a larger dog, even one at a healthy weight for its size. There's a reason you don't see a lot of Great Danes or Saint Bernards competing in agility! Sure, they could probably do it, and I'm sure some do, but their size and structure is not really conducive to that kind of activity.

Size alone is not a predictor of health issues.
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I probably didn't ask the question very well. I was just curious if there was something about a Male that allows it to be heavier while still healthy as opposed to a Female? Like something in the structure of the dog?

For example my girl is over standard. At 1 year she is 72.5 lbs already, but with no extra weight she is slim and her sides dip in but you can't see any ribs. I have been told she is a large girl, but for a male she would be average weight or maybe considered small.
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Probably not that big a difference per se if the female is oversized. Many males, however, have bigger/blockier heads and broader chests. My pup was 26 inches last time I checked (but it's been a while and he's grown) and weighs 83 lbs right now. He has heavier bones, you can tell .. no slim legs on that guy! and a big ole head, but that's his lines. He's primarily DDR.
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I probably didn't ask the question very well. I was just curious if there was something about a Male that allows it to be heavier while still healthy as opposed to a Female? Like something in the structure of the dog?
There's a 50 pound difference between my male and female, and they're 6 months apart in age. But both are strong and healthy. I think some has to do with bloodlines to.
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op, imho, you have a solid big girl. so no, you shouldn't have anymore health issues than if she was the the size described in the standard. what size are the male from the litter?
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I think you are looking at the GSD standard and going by that.

Size, Proportion, Substance
The desired height for males at the top of the highest point of the shoulder blade is 24 to 26 inches; and for bitches, 22 to 24 inches.
The German Shepherd Dog is longer than tall, with the most desirable proportion as 10 to 8. The length is measured from the point of the prosternum or breastbone to the rear edge of the pelvis, the ischial tuberosity. The desirable long proportion is not derived from a long back, but from overall length with relation to height, which is achieved by length of forequarter and length of withers and hindquarter, viewed from the side.


That is taken from the AKC standard. The key words ' most desirable proportion as 10 to 8' can be used any way you define that. So you will see larger dogs/bitches since they are overall in 'proportion'.
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