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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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When do they start to really fill out?

Zeus is turning 1 in less than 2 weeks, he is still VERY long and lanky. I keep getting told that he is skinny and I must be starving my boy which IS not the case. He is healthy and lean. But When do they actually become filled out?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 09:32 PM
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I noticed a big difference at 2 years

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Lisl is also filling out at 22 months.

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My male filled out 3-4 years. He just turned 6 and this is the first summer that he's blown his coat and still looked like an adult male DOG and not a lanky, naked adolescent.

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Depends on the dog, the gender, and the lines. I've noticed females fill out earlier than males, show lines mature faster than working lines, and certain lines mature faster. My females in general filled out at 1.5-2.5 years and my males filled out at 2-3 years.

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My GSD intact bitch just turned 2 and I recently noticed she has finally filled out. My neighbor who has watched her grow over the 2 years just stated yesterday that she is filling out as well....

Regardless of when they do...a leaner/lankier dog which is healthy, certainly is better than the converse.

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My GSD really started looking more "manly" at 4 years old.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 10:37 AM
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GSD's are a lot like horses. Each is different based on breeding, gender, ect. Tell people to mind their own business. I get told the same thing about Arson who is 9 months old and 80lbs. because he's all legs. Reminds me of a yearling colt honestly (Can you tell i'm a horse trainer?)....


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GSD's are a lot like horses. Each is different based on breeding, gender, ect. Tell people to mind their own business. I get told the same thing about Arson who is 9 months old and 80lbs. because he's all legs. Reminds me of a yearling colt honestly (Can you tell i'm a horse trainer?)....

I will do so. Zeus weighs 85 pounds last time I checked. He is 11 months old. He is quite long and is also legs. Thanks!
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OMG if people are telling you guys you're starving your dogs what would they say about mine? He's 10 months old, 50lbs. He can fly though


Arson looks very lively!

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