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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Miniature German Shepherd

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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maybe she is not a purebred GSD and so her size is appropriate for her . got more pictures ?

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Either not purebred, or very poorly bred. And since you have no idea where the dog originated from ("I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work") not sure how you concluded purebred.

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Purebred GSDs can be that small. It's not common, but it happens. The breed standard goes down to 22" and 48lbs as allowable for females and just as some dogs end up being larger than the standard allows, some can also be smaller. Though oversized is far more common than undersized.


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"She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd."

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Height at withers: 55-60 cm
Weight: 22-32 kg


22Kg is 48.4 pounds.....lower end of the standard spectrum.

Not "tiny".


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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Are there any known problems with GSDs this small?

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 05:42 PM
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No. She is clearly not a dwarf. Dwarfs do have some issues.

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Are there any known problems with GSDs this small?

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None that I have ever heard of ......except that they can scare you more often because they can hide in smaller places.

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Either not purebred, or very poorly bred. And since you have no idea where the dog originated from ("I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work") not sure how you concluded purebred.
That size is still within the standard, so not necessarily very poorly bred. I know a very nice female out of very nice lines who is 48 lbs. Both parents were on the low side of standard, but still within it.

That being said, it is hard to tell from the photos if she is a purebred or not. Either way, I wouldn't expect any special health issues.



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