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Old 03-16-2014, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I wouldn't let dumb remarks get to you. The guy probably didn't mean anything by it. But, if you ever get this from a smart azz. Just say you are going for lean and mean instead of fat and dumb.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the replies everyone!

Since I'm finally getting my male, I'm looking closer at the male breed standards. I've always ignored them because we only had a female, and our males are huskies. So it looks like the standard for male GSDs is 24-26 inches, and 66-88 lbs. I just read the AKC standard, as well as the SV standard, and in the English translation for the SV standard (if they have it translated accurately) it says the GSD is a medium-sized dog:

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The German Shepherd Dog is a medium-size, slightly stretched, strong, and well muscled, with the “bone” dry and firm in the over-all construction.
They aren't meant to be large or oversized. They are not Rottweilers, Mastiffs or Great Danes. Ha!

Some people...!
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Why get upset at all? The only time I got mad was some nasty teenage girl with a sneer. Other than that, they are just making conversation.

I just state the truth...he's going to be 70-80# as an adult. The perfect size for a male and he'll be a nice agile adult perfect for sport.

The size of their dog is not a reflection on your dog.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:21 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I guess I could've just said "yeah, Ozi is in training to be a Search and Rescue dog, so I don't want him larger than the breed standard of 26" and 88#! I want him to be a fast, solid and strong working dog out there saving lives...a lean, mean, life-saving machine!!!"

Haha.

I just can't ever come up with this stuff on the spot, especially when I'm so confused by whatever point the other person is trying to make. Befuddled and bewildered!
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If someone's truly trying to impress me with how big their dog is, I just say 'that's too bad'!
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Hold this tug in front of your face and say "yes"
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Hold this tug in front of your face and say "yes"
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Put the dog in a down stay, take 2 steps forward and say shoulder

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I have had a few show some concern that my female was small or "skinny". I try to explain to them, that would be like saying that lean athletes are "skinny". They aren't. It just depends on the sport they play, some are bulky and some are lean. A triathlon athlete would probably not do very well if he was built like a football player or a body builder and vice-versa. I tell them GSDs are not meant to be brutes, they are herding/working dogs that can excel at many tasks and must be agile and enduring. Most people seem to understand after that, or maybe their are just humouring me, who knows. My vet said she sees many pudgy dogs and many people's sense of a healthy weight might be a bit skewed too. But you will always have the ones who think that bigger is better (or smaller is better with those toy breeds). My male is long-coated and looks bigger than he is, I usually get comments that he's "so big" when he's only 82lbs. Honestly, I don't get peoples' urge to comment at all.

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Hold this tug in front of your face and say "yes"
LOL, I almost spit out my coffee!
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