|10-18-2013 11:50 AM|
I don't have a picture of Buddy and Wiggles next to each other but here are Tasha and Wiggles... You can see why to me she is little dog.
Oops sorry just noticed this was an old thread. LOL
|10-18-2013 01:59 AM|
|kirsten||I hope mine stays small! My friend has two huge GSDs and I can't imagine Riley growing that big. She is just 7 months but she has been as tall as some 2-3 year old GSDs we've run into. She just needs to fill out some more.|
|10-16-2013 05:13 PM|
I seem to have found myself with one of each "Oh, wow, she's so small!" and "Wow, he's huge!"
Both are within breed standard.
|10-14-2013 11:56 PM|
|counter||I just combined the average of most standards, and translated the CM to IN from SV and I think rounded up; seems I remember it coming out to 23.6" or around there. Some standards provide height and weight, others only provide height. But it seems 24" and 70 lbs is the max end of the standard from my research. I'll never show Nara, as she's spayed, so I guess standards don't really mean much to me in the long run anyways.|
|10-14-2013 10:45 PM|
GSDs are a pretty variable breed. Between the different bloodlines, and the different major lines, and then the mixes of lines. These dogs vary more than a couple of inches. They are not all the perfect length to height ratio, some have heavier bone, some have broader chests, and some are lighter on their feet with skinny necks, slab sided, and narrow collie noses. They are not all going to weigh 68.53 pounds.
|10-14-2013 05:49 PM|
So, I figured I'd offer an update. Looks like my "small" girl isn't so small after all, and never will be. I've had her on a diet (she lost 12 lbs!) and have been increasing her amount of exercise from an average of 3 mile bikejoring rides to 6 miles a day. Well, Nara went from 76 lbs UP to 79 lbs. She is slimming down at the waist, but building muscle and GAINING weight, the exact opposite of what I was aiming for, with hopes of bringing her back within (under) the max end of the standard of 24" and 70 lbs or less. I guess she just isn't meant to be close to 70 lbs. I'm not going to starve her to accomplish that goal, so it looks like I'll just have to live with an out of standard dog. Oh well! More of her for me to love!!!
|09-25-2013 02:25 PM|
You can't fix stupid so don't even try!
I wish my dog would be smaller but it seems that this puppy is going to be larger than 75 lbs. I like standard size GSD because they seem to move faster, can be picked up easier and are more agile in tight spots.
It seems, and I'm not expert, that breeders here in America have bred the GSD as a show dog for too long and decided that bigger is better. Well, I don't think so.
It's good to be social, don't let other people's opinions bother you. After all, you are the owner of the dog that sparked their interest. A lot of the time, people say stupid reactionary things when they are jealous. They may see your awesome dog and want to point out that it's not perfect.
Nobody and nothing is perfect except G-d. If they say your dog is small, say THANKS!
If they say something rude, say BLESS YOU! They need it!
|09-24-2013 11:32 AM|
|ShatteringGlass||My male Dalmatian is at the max for the standard, 24". So he's a tall boy for a Dal, but his weight is usually between 51-55 lbs. He is lean and muscular. I have people tell me they have/had Dals either the same height or even shorter than mine that weigh 70lbs or even 80lbs, but swear the dog is "all muscle" and not fat at all. I just roll my eyes. They either have their dog's weight totally incorrect or their dog is fat.|
|09-23-2013 08:07 AM|
|fredh||Smaller Dogs Like People, tend to live longer!. The people that are asking these stupid questions are ignorant and should be ignored. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. The next time they ask the question, reply 6 months!|
|09-23-2013 12:34 AM|
I get the same way, and I get the same 'friendly observation question' pretty often since I have conformationally-correct size dogs. Sometimes I almost want to snap back like it's somehow intended as a personal insult to me when folks tell me my dogs are small... even though I know it's not! I haven't bothered to talk this particular snit out with my therapist, but I'm sure it has some deeply set roots in how my mother treated me when I was two or something.
I think of it this way: I take my healthy hypothetical kid to a park to play, and the mother of a morbidly obese child who is freakishly tall says "How old is your kid? Only four? Well, your boy is way too small for his age." I'm not sure I'd have the patience to pull out a growth chart to point out that my totally normal-sized child was right on the money... I'd probably give her a look of deepest loathing and move to a different seat, if not whip out a snappy retort about her freakishly over-large spawn.
At this point, I'm just used to quipping the usual "actually, she's perfectly sized. Breed standard is-" blah blah blah, you get the idea. When I can cite inches, pounds, and correspondingly average stats for whomever is at the end of my leash it usually either gets a look of shock or a good conversation about how 'back in their day the shepherd was a real dog, a good 120lbs at least'. Oy.
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