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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-26-2014, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Under weight?

I have 9 1/2 month German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix who has the body type and face of a Shepherd and the fur/markings of a Rott. He's healthy, happy, athletic, smart, and I haven't had any problems with him so far.

I do think he's underweight by a decent amount, thats if we're going off those average weight by age charts. He weighs about 53lbs at 9 1/2 months, the Shepherd chart says he should be around 70lbs while the Rott is closer to 85-90. He'd even be 10 lbs underweight for a female shepherd.

Now, there are a few reasons why he might be smaller. First off I got him way too early, he was around 6 weeks, still blind with blue-grey eyes. The woman whose dogs had the puppies didnt want to keep them any longer and was getting rid of them to anyone that would take them. They were definitely to young to be away from their mother so that may have stunted his growth. On top of that, I had him snipped as soon I could, I think around 4-5 months. Maybe the combo of the 2 is keeping him small?

On the other hand he is about 23 inches tall, right below the bottom average of both breeds so he's not "small" just skinny. Also, I see 2 of his litter mates almost every day and he's an inch or 2 taller than both and about the same weight. He is obviously skinnier than the other 2 but neither of them is above 60lbs, its not like hes lagging behind.

Can I get some opinions? What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-26-2014, 05:25 PM
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Any way you can post pics?

In good lighting - Side view and birds eye view?
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First, charts are averages which means a mean between the heaviest and lightest. All dogs are different, and maturity of weight won't occur until around 2yrs or more of age. Since he is slowly but steadily gaining weight and not having energy issues, etc then I would be happy with his slow growth (easier on joints) and recognize he has a lot of maturing and filling out to do. I think when he finishes maturing, you will be very happy with his size overall.

2nd,puppies see visually when their eyes open, so your pup wasn't blind when you got him. Their eyes do continue to develop acuity and change colors they age. At 6wks,he mostly missed out on social development over any growth aspect.

Hope this helps alleviate your concerns a little ... Pix of your boy would be great
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-28-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'll try to get a pic up if I get the time. He doesn't look unhealthy, I'll say that. You can barely see his ribs showing if he's in the perfect position. That, plus knowing the charts are only rough averages is why I haven't been to worried about it. But 20-30 lbs is a solid chunk of weight. Also he's been stuck around 50lbs for awhile now. I can't remember exactly but I feel like its been a month or 2 since he hit the 50 mark and he's still below 55.

The reason I said blind is cause at first they wouldn't follow anything by sight, only by sound. They wouldn't look at something or someone unless it made a sound no matter how much it was moving before hand. I guess they didn't have the most developed sight at that point.
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