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02-06-2014 02:06 PM
HarleyTheGSD I agree with the others. He looks perfectly healthy. If your dog is a smaller size, he's going to weigh less. If you try to have him gain more, he may be on the chunky side. He does have a lot of time to finish filling out as well.
02-06-2014 02:04 PM
RiverDan Like a lot of people are posting. He looks good. Trim is better.
Some shepherds take years to fill out. I wouldn't overly worry about it. (Tough to do)
02-06-2014 01:26 PM
Originally Posted by Rajat View Post
I am from India. My GSD is a 1 year old Dog. He stands at 65cm(around 25.5inches). My problem is his weight. At 1 year he weighs only 26kg(57lbs). He is very agile though, and excercised daily for around an hour, mostly playing fetch or chasing other dogs. I think it will be great if he can attain around 30kgs. Please guide what should I do. Though he is a picky eater...

I feed him-

BREAKFAST: 1egg, 1 cup yoghurt, 3-4 biscuits
LUNCH: Chicken, Rice, Beaphar MultiVitamin
DINNER: Same as Lunch

Now, thing is i don't feed him dog food at all. Used to give him Hill's Sceince diet when he was yound but didn't do so well. Best brands available in India(and under by budget) are Farmina's Natural&Delicious low grain, NutraGoldHolistic, Taste of Wild(Though I learnt about their recall)

P.S. - I am an Indian(Hindu) so don't refer beef or pork can't feed him those

it looks perfect to me!
02-06-2014 01:24 PM
Eiros If you can lightly feel ribs, but not see them, (I don't see any ribs in his pics), then he's probably a healthy weight. Don't aim for a number, aim for what is healthy for your dog. Not all dogs grow at the same rate, are the same height or structure, so how could one weight be appropriate for all? If he is eating a balanced, high-quality diet and is happy and energetic, I say he is fine!
02-06-2014 01:17 PM
havery He looks good to me, but I prefer a "slimmer" dog. People always comment my Sofie looks skinny, but she's just lean from all the running she loves to do. My vet absolutely loves her frame, says she's perfect with a good muscle mass, and she's 18 months and still thickening up. Your guy is only a year old, he's probably still got some growing to do. And not all shepherds are going to be huge. I would aim for a body type, not a number. With his age, I think you're going to see him bulk up in muscle soon, especially in his back legs and loin, that will take away that "skinny" look.

Sofie Rose born 08/2012
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02-05-2014 03:47 PM
Harry and Lola Good idea to steam or boil the meat (but only if there are no bones) if you can't trust the meat in India.

I'm not familiar with Farmina's N&D low grain, however low grain sounds good to me.
02-05-2014 02:39 PM
mydogs He looks great to me too but yes I would add some kibble to his food so his meals are more balanced. Pretty dog

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02-05-2014 02:03 PM
hunterisgreat don't aim for a number. aim to put the right weight on whatever his frame is

looks fine now.
02-05-2014 01:54 PM
Rajat @Harry and Lola: I am aiming for 30 as well. As of now I started Farmina's N&D low grain (the only best substitute i got for Taste of the Wild). Also I will be replacing Chicken with Goat/lamb meat. Hoping to get good results.

@Oisin's Aoire: I get the whole chicken(poultry from a trusted butcher) so it surely contains all the organ meat, plus i add some lung meat from lamb. I mostly give it boiled(as I live in Delhi can't really trust raw feed).
02-05-2014 01:11 PM
RubyTuesday He looks very good. Some dogs (& lucky dogs at that) are naturally lean. IF he's healthy don't worry about his weight. Adding on weight just to reach some arbitrary look or number is monumentally foolish. IF he has health issues such as metabolic disorders, illness, parasites or pain correct the undelying issue & the weight will take care of itself.
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