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09-21-2015 12:16 AM
SandyRehn Hello, my puppy was around that size then, maybe a little bit heavier and I too worried about her size. We battled giardia when I first got her and I was constantly concerned about her size/weight. At eleven weeks she was around nine pounds.

My vet and her breeder both agreed that as long as she was growing and was acting normal, I shouldn't worry about her size. In fact my breeder was adamant that she stay on the skinny size due to their joints forming. She is a Czech WL german shepherd and will probably be on the smaller side but her personality is fantastic and I couldn't be happier with her.

She is now seven months and is just around 50 pounds. Her breeder also mentioned that it takes about two years to really "fill out". Her sire was around eighty pounds and her dam was around sixty five.

I would find another vet if that's how you felt going in. And if I can figure out, I will try to post a picture of my pup. :-)

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She has been checked multiple times for parasites and was clear each time and she has now had 3 of her rounds of shots. She's now 14 weeks old and 11.3 lbs, which is still on the small side it seems. I forgot to mention that she is from Czech bloodlines, and I've heard that they mature more slowly. Does anyone have experience with that and does that seem like a reasonable assumption for why she's smaller than average?

My worry really stems from the fact that the vet I've been going to has been scaring me with the level of concern they show at her being so small (despite the fact that she shows no signs of being unhealthy at all). They also sort of treat me like an idiot, even though I've grown up with dogs and did quite a lot of research into the breed and breeders before I got Summer. I know I'm still a beginner when it comes to GSDs, but I do feel like they've been condescending (and possibly trying to use fear to manipulate me into paying for medical treatments on a healthy dog). I've heard other really negative comments about this particular office, so I won't be going there again. (Also the vet looked at me skeptically and didn't seem to know that there were differences between the GSD bloodlines :/).
09-19-2015 01:28 PM
tarheelgirlx3 Hi! I saw your post when you got your baby girl, and how tiny she was! I have been experiencing the same thing! She didn't come with papers, so of course there is no way to tell if she is pure bred or not. I saw pictures of the mom and dad, which appeared to be full blooded, but they were small. My baby girl was 3.8 pounds at 7 weeks, and is now around 6.9 pounds at 9 weeks! I doubted her being full blooded, but seeing your post has given me hope! How is your fur baby now in terms of weight and health? Did she catch up? I would love to see updated pictures!
06-29-2014 10:33 AM
lauren43
Helping a small female grow bigger? (7 pounds at 11 wks?)

How is she body wise? Is she thin? Energy wise? Puppy wise?

She may just be a smaller girl. If all else is normal I wouldn't worry about her weight and what she "should" be at this age. All dogs are different.

And if your vet is pressuring you, find a new one. You are paying them. You shouldn't be made to feel uncomfortable about how you raise YOUR dog.
06-29-2014 10:12 AM
buttoned_up She has been checked multiple times for parasites and was clear each time and she has now had 3 of her rounds of shots. She's now 14 weeks old and 11.3 lbs, which is still on the small side it seems. I forgot to mention that she is from Czech bloodlines, and I've heard that they mature more slowly. Does anyone have experience with that and does that seem like a reasonable assumption for why she's smaller than average?

My worry really stems from the fact that the vet I've been going to has been scaring me with the level of concern they show at her being so small (despite the fact that she shows no signs of being unhealthy at all). They also sort of treat me like an idiot, even though I've grown up with dogs and did quite a lot of research into the breed and breeders before I got Summer. I know I'm still a beginner when it comes to GSDs, but I do feel like they've been condescending (and possibly trying to use fear to manipulate me into paying for medical treatments on a healthy dog). I've heard other really negative comments about this particular office, so I won't be going there again. (Also the vet looked at me skeptically and didn't seem to know that there were differences between the GSD bloodlines :/).
06-18-2014 11:39 AM
wolfie13 Have you checked her for worms? Is she completely vaccinated? Mine is about 1 pound more than yours but he's going through deworming which I have heard can be the cause of his weight. I've been doing all I can to get him to get rid of them completely and for him to eat more and stay hydrated.
06-08-2014 07:35 PM
Sunflowers Feedsentials is shipped to the US. Dogs Naturally website.
06-08-2014 06:55 PM
buttoned_up Thank you all so much! Your replies have been really helpful. At the end of the day, I chose her for her personality, not her size, so I'll love her no matter how big she gets. I just wanted to make sure there was nothing to be concerned about .

I'm in New Orleans, so I might not be able to get the Canadian stuff, but I'll look in to Fromm. Also, I don't know much about raw feeding, but I'll do some research!

Thanks again!
06-08-2014 06:32 PM
Sabis mom She is adorable!

She is small but give her some time. I don't know where you are but I feed First Mate and I love it. Canadian company, been around for a while, upfront about sources and most are local, no recalls ever. I've also heard good things about Fromm.
06-08-2014 06:29 PM
Ace GSD The one inside the crate !!! She looks like a fox heheh cute
06-08-2014 06:22 PM
ZoeD1217 She is so freaking adorable! !

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