|08-11-2013 03:58 AM|
|Sagan||Yeah, I'm probably just being impatient. His brother just grew faster so I was expecting something else. Also, being smaller I was questioning my balanced raw diet I've researched which why I was considering a kibble (blue buffalo) diet for a little while.|
|08-10-2013 09:47 PM|
|boomer11||you want to downgrade your dogs food just so he can be bigger? its genetics. by the time he's 2 he's going to be what his genetics says. you can feed me beef mixed with steroids every day and i still wont look like lebron james.|
|08-10-2013 02:50 PM|
|KZoppa||Your pup is growing at his pace. The difference your probably thinking regarding kibble fed dogs is dogs who are not fed large breed food tend to grow faster. Large breed food is formulated specifically for how quickly large breeds grow since too much growth too quickly things like pano and joint problems can arise. Keep your boy on what he's on. he's doing just fine. Remember, these dogs don't usually physically mature until 2-4 years old. My guy is 5 months old and weight in at 42.9lbs today. Your pup is good.|
|08-10-2013 02:14 PM|
|Mary Beth||Your pup is handsome and just right. I wouldn't change his diet. Feeding him more will only make him fat and not big and that is not the same. Fat is bad and will cause health problems including joint issues. At 46 lbs. at 6 months, he is going to be over standard size as it is, and my estimate is that he will probably mature by age 2 years at 90 lbs or more and that is large for a gsd.|
|08-10-2013 02:04 AM|
Six months 46lbs (raw since week 10)
Hello everyone, maybe I'm being overly concerned but my pup at six months seems really small. His dad is 100lbs and mom 75lbs with the male, per the breeder, having mostly the dominant traits.
I was hoping he was going to be on the larger side 80+ lbs. but I don't know if that is going to happen. I've read that raw fed dogs grow slower than kibble fed but is that all that's going on? He doesn't show signs of being too skinny, ie can't see his ribs and his waist isn't overly small. I've been feeding his a balanced raw diet too. Is it possible that kibble fed dogs grow faster and ultimately larger than raw fed dogs or would the two eventually be the same size? I know you want your dog to grow slowly in care for his joints but I don't want to hinder his ability to reach his full potential in size. His brother from an earlier litter (uncle's dog) was about 15lbs heavier at the same time and he fed a mixture of kibble and raw longer than I did before going to only raw.
I know I'm rambling but should I consider introducing him to a kibble diet in order to get more size out of him while he is still going through the majority of his growing?
Thanks for your input. Here's a picture of him for your time.