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01-21-2014 06:07 PM
dcg9381 They fill out and will add weight. 97 lbs is a very large 1 year old. With your dogs frame, he's lean at 97. He's tall and kinda lanky, like most at that age...

Your vet needs to see him before making that "lose weight" call. 97 is a big dog for a one year old shepherd, which is why the vet thinks he can make that call over the phone. GSDs have been getting progressively larger - especially in the American version. They're not at all the same breed of 50 years ago.

The weight needs to match the frame. You don't need to hit a specific weigh, but light is better.

We had one with HD also - he wasn't as tall as yours and probably 80 lbs at one year. We kept him lean, not through reducing food, but by making sure he was active.

There are varying degrees of HD. A good x-ray which requires positioning that your dog probably won't stand if he's conscious, will show you that ball and socket joint. If you know he has HD, it might be worth a visit for an orthopedic evaluation.
01-21-2014 02:03 PM
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With hd you want a lean dog. And by lean, I mean I like to see mild rib outline while the dog is in motion. It is healthier for a dog to be underweight than overweight. Also, low impact exercise to build muscle while being easy on the joints. Swimming is great.

My boy is 28" and 85 lbs at a year old exactly. I hope he'll top out at about 95 lbs lean but I'm still realistic in expecting that even he may hit the 100+ weight

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So I should still expect my dog to gain more weight in the upcoming future? I thought I had read they are usually done growing by the one year mark?
01-21-2014 01:36 PM
Anubis_Star With hd you want a lean dog. And by lean, I mean I like to see mild rib outline while the dog is in motion. It is healthier for a dog to be underweight than overweight. Also, low impact exercise to build muscle while being easy on the joints. Swimming is great.

My boy is 28" and 85 lbs at a year old exactly. I hope he'll top out at about 95 lbs lean but I'm still realistic in expecting that even he may hit the 100+ weight

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01-21-2014 01:31 PM
Anubis_Star 30" is extremely tall for a shepherd, since males should top out around 25" or so. And at only a year he will likely put on more weight, I would guess he'll be close to 110 easy. Is he oversized? Yes, but overweight? No

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01-21-2014 12:24 PM
Msmaria
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He does not look fat or overweight to me....ours is 15 months at the end of January. He was weighed today and is 71lbs. He is a DDR/Czech so I think he is not suppose to grow past 80lbs...yours looks taller and longer than our male. Ours seem to be shorter in the shoulders, wider and stockier.
What does your vet say?


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What a handsome boy you have. Yes my dog is not very wide or stocky. He is not big boned like some of the shepherds Ive seen. He does not look like what he weighs, at least to me. All that weight must be in his paws and ears.
01-21-2014 12:18 PM
Msmaria I was going to make a vet appt next week and talk to my vet, but after all the comments here that seem to agree hes not overweight, Im feeling better. I think im going to wait until his shot next month and then have him look at him then and ask him why he wants me to have him at a particular weight? Im sure it does have to do with his hips, he wants him thin. But I dont want him unhealthy, and too thin.
01-21-2014 09:48 AM
Bequavious
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Hes neuterd and has gained about 7 pounds in the past 2 months. I keep checking by doing exactly what reading this forum has taught me. I see him everyday so its hard for me to tell if he gotten taller. Im pretty sure my vet is looking at a chart. I was concerned since ive read other heights also 30" but they weigh less. I thought he should have lost weight this month since weve been exercising him more, but he gained 2 pounds. I can feel all ribs when I rub him with my hands , the last one more.
He could have gained muscle weight from the exercise, or, from the pictures, it looks like he still has some filling out to do (broadening shoulders and such). If he has a waist and you can feel his ribs, he's fine. The vet is probably used to overweight dogs and extra weight is really hard on hips, so she probably just saw the number and assumed he needed to loose. Personally I wouldn't worry about it since he looks good, but if you want to pursue it you could have the vet actually look at your dog and see what she thinks.


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01-20-2014 09:17 PM
GatorDog He looks pretty tall and long, and his weight looks ok to me from the photos!
01-20-2014 09:10 PM
doggiedad 30" is a tall dog. 30" and 97lbs. is that big?
my dog is 24&1/2 inches and he weighs between
85lbs and 88lbs.
01-20-2014 08:56 PM
jafo220 Msmaria, He looks great to me! He looks about right.

Cruz just turned a year old this month. He weighed in at 98lbs. He's much like yours as he's long and tall and thick. He's just a big boy.
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