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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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When does a puppy become an adult?

So, when does a GSD puppy become an adult? (Calendar-wise, anyway!)

We adopted Max about two months ago from Missouri GSD Rescue and his age was estimated at 8 months. Our vet thinks he's a year old. He weighs about 65 pounds. What do you folks think?

I'm trying to decide if he should be eating puppy food or adult food.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 04:04 PM
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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

if those are current pics - he definitely isnt a year old yet. he still has "puppy tail"

from the pics he looks about 8 months at the time the pics were taken.

either way - you can make the switch to adult food now. people make the switch at all different times, i for one, never feed puppy food. most higher end foods are suitable for all life stages.

there is a forum dedicated to diet. you should be able to find all the info there.

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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

how cute is he
I switch Brady at 7 months he was eating the adult food anyway
they aren't considered adults until they are 3

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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

Wow...thanks for the quick replies! Those pics were taken about 6 weeks ago, but he still looks the same. How long does "puppy tail" typically last?
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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

Hi, he looks like my Buddy. He looks like 10 months, you can already start feeding adult food.

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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

wow I got my girl from the missouri gsd rescue also!!! and she was estimated at about 7 months old.... I am in Wichita, where are you located??

how do you tell the difference between a "puppy tail" and the adult tail?
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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

I agree that he looks around 8 months (still a baby) but also that feeding him a high quality (and there's lots of info on the board about those brands) adult food is a good way to go.

Now, if your question is "when does a male GSD puppy mature" I can't help you. Our male is 3 and we're still waiting.


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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

Thanks for all the replies! I've belonged to other discussion forums in the past and I'm astounded by the swift and positive replies I've gotten here. Great forum!

I'm in KC and found Max through petfinder.com. I highly recommend Missouri GSD Rescue. Good people for sure.
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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

I agree- in those pictures he looks younger than a year old.

After I used up the puppy food the bredder gave me I switched right to adult food. That was at 4 months.

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Re: When does a puppy become an adult?

Craig - he's gorgeous! Nancy does such a great job and I think her estimate of age is more accurate than the vet's. Doesn't look like a one year old to me either.

Congratulations and thanks for adopting!

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