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Axel13 06-26-2014 06:47 PM

My German Shepherd is to skinny
I have a 16 month old dog called Axel. He eats like a horse, however he is really skinny. Not so skinny that you can see his spine but there is a clear outline of his rib cage (not each individual rib). My other two shepherds are the right weight for their size. Axel is extremely large by breed standards standing standing 5-7 inches taller then my other 2 and he also came form a straight backed working line. Any advice on what I could feed him to help him put on weight and to look fitter would be appreciated.

He is currently fed royal canin dry food along with half a tin of pedigree wet food twice a day.

MaggieRoseLee 06-26-2014 07:43 PM

We need to see pictures. Standing dog. From the side, and looking down from above.

Many dogs don't fill out and mature until they are over 2 years old, so just stay lean.

Vet says ok, right? No EPI or anything?

sehrgutcsg 06-26-2014 09:03 PM

I had exactly the opposite problem I had to take my dog off home-cooked food because it was too many calories - if you want to put weight on your dog cook up some chicken white potatoes throw some green beans and some peas in there and mix it with the dog kibble your dog will gain 5 pounds in a month.

Axel13 06-26-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks for the reply. I'm not on my laptop at the moment so I can't post a photo. The vet said he is healthy and there shouldn't be any reason he isn't putting on weight. I was told to give him a certain brand of large dog puppy food that is high in fat but he would't eat that.

Hopefully he will start to fill out soon as I actually had a person ask me if i was feeding him as he is to skinny.

Axel13 06-26-2014 09:29 PM

Thanks! I will try mixing some potatoes in tomorrow and see how he likes it. I have my female on a recommended diet from the vet because she was over weight so its hard to get the balance of foods right in my house haha.

Sunflowers 06-26-2014 09:32 PM

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I am willing to bet your dog is just fine.

I have yet to see a "too skinny" dog posted on this forum, that actually was too skinny.
GSDs are supposed to be lean, to the point of seeing the last rib on a growing pup.

Do not stuff your canine with potatoes. No nutritional value there, and they can't digest them properly, anyway

McCoy 06-26-2014 10:02 PM

Before you change his diet think about this; a trained professional gave your dog a clean bill of health. I think either heed the vets advice, or if you don't trust the vet, get a 2nd opinion.

Axel13 06-27-2014 02:07 PM

Thank you for the advice. I did get a second opinion today from a lady who specializes in German Shepherd training (obedience, tracking and temperament issues) and has vast amount of knowledge about the breed who told me that I should try taking him swimming to build muscle along with upping the amount of protein in his diet.

Jax08 06-27-2014 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by Axel13 (Post 5695569)
Not so skinny that you can see his spine but there is a clear outline of his rib cage (not each individual rib).

That doesn't sound skinny. That should just right.

A girl and her dog 06-27-2014 02:19 PM

Some dogs aren't meant to be big beefed up and muscular. It's possible that he is meant to be a thin and lean dog. It doesn't make him less of a dog. It sounds as though you wanted him to be bigger and more muscular... if so, for what purpose?

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