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Old 01-23-2014, 05:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for your input everyone
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hard to tell from the pic but she may be a mixed breed. She seems to lack angulation and is quite long-legged for a GSD, though 48lbs is possible for a pure bred female.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I used to work a sable GSD bitch in security that was about 40lbs.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Our first foster Foxy Roxy pants was only 50 or so, people always said "wow she is small for a GSD" ..and she was small and mighty!
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work. She was only 44lbs at the time. She has a small frame and is well proportioned. She is definitely full grown, aged between 3-6. The vet says she's in very good health and that she is just a really small gsd... She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd. She is definitely pure bred!

Does anyone have an idea on why she is so small?

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The little rescue boy I have right now is also small, maybe 50-55 lbs., and he's that way because he was starved and consequently stunted when his breeder didn't sell the litter as fast as he thought he should. He doesn't know he's small, however, and is the bright spot in our house right now, he keeps us laughing. He also helps me take care of my sister, who has some disabilities. If I don't hear her call me at night, my boy hears her and wakes me up. We've had him about 10 months, and it's hard to imagine a time he wasn't with us.
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She is adorable. I LOVE her ears.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever.
I'm in California and I see a lot more oversized GSDs here than small ones. I actually work with over 60 dogs daily and still haven't seen a GSD as small as Maya
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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever.
Think they're breeding them pirogue size ?
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:07 AM   #20 (permalink)
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She doesn't look purebred to me, to be honest, but she's not too small by any means. GSD's aren't supposed to be 100+ lbs
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