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06-29-2014 07:26 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by A girl and her dog View Post
I see. I was curious about that b/c so many people get a dog with a more aggressive reputation and want it to look like a muscle head

Sounds like he might just be clumsy. Maybe he could take ballet lessons to learn to be more graceful? No, seriously, are his injuries severe?
I don't want him to look like a body builder haha, I just want him to look healthy. Ballet lessons might help although it might be hard to find a class that excepts dogs No they don't seem to be to severe he can still put weight on his leg and walk on it, but they are very frequent. Of to the vet in the morning to see exactly what is wrong.
06-29-2014 01:46 AM
A girl and her dog
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Oh trust me i don't think he is any less of a dog. He is absolutely beautiful, a bit crazy and he really is my best friend. It's not that I want him more muscular he just seems to injure himself easily when playing or chasing his ball so I thought more muscle would help that.
I see. I was curious about that b/c so many people get a dog with a more aggressive reputation and want it to look like a muscle head

Sounds like he might just be clumsy. Maybe he could take ballet lessons to learn to be more graceful? No, seriously, are his injuries severe?
06-28-2014 10:59 AM
Axel13
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Another thought that just hit me is that when we thought our boy was too thin we send the vet who told us you want them on the thinner side b/c too much weight is BSD for their joints/hips.
Oh really? Thank you for that info. I think he's just very boney
06-27-2014 11:38 PM
McCoy Another thought that just hit me is that when we thought our boy was too thin we send the vet who told us you want them on the thinner side b/c too much weight is BSD for their joints/hips.
06-27-2014 09:04 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by Mister C View Post
He's a handsome fella. He does look very tall but not too skinny to me. Hard to tell from the pic though as he is laying down and I don't have a sense of scale.

A top down pic (from directly above him looking straight down) and one from the side with him standing up would be best to judge whether he is too skinny.

In any event, low impact strenghening exercises like swimming are always a good thing.

You tried to post two pics? I'm only seeing one. Thanks for sharing.
I will take some pics like you suggested tomorrow. It's after midnight so he is fast asleep now ha!

I did try to upload 2 but only 1 went up for some reason. The other is an older picture from about 4 or 5 months ago anyway.

I think i'll take him for a swim tomorrow and see how he likes it.
06-27-2014 08:37 PM
David Winners Take a couple pics like these.

[IMG] http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/r...a/DSCN0001.jpg [/IMG]
[IMG] http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/r...a/DSCN0003.jpg [/IMG]

David Winners
06-27-2014 08:29 PM
Mister C
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Originally Posted by Axel13 View Post
He is very very big! I have personally never seen a German Shepherd bigger then him. Although my female is probably a bit smaller then the average shepherd.

I'm new to this forum and not sure how to attach photos properly. So hopefully the 2 I attached will go up
He's a handsome fella. He does look very tall but not too skinny to me. Hard to tell from the pic though as he is laying down and I don't have a sense of scale.

A top down pic (from directly above him looking straight down) and one from the side with him standing up would be best to judge whether he is too skinny.

In any event, low impact strenghening exercises like swimming are always a good thing.

You tried to post two pics? I'm only seeing one. Thanks for sharing.
06-27-2014 07:59 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by Mister C View Post
That's a big boy you have there, sporting a 5-7'' height advantage over your other GSDs and at a lanky, maybe too skinny, 110lbs.

Would love to see some pics.
He is very very big! I have personally never seen a German Shepherd bigger then him. Although my female is probably a bit smaller then the average shepherd.

I'm new to this forum and not sure how to attach photos properly. So hopefully the 2 I attached will go up
06-27-2014 07:21 PM
Mister C
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Originally Posted by Axel13 View Post
I have a 16 month old dog called Axel. He eats like a horse, however he is really skinny. ...

Axel is extremely large by breed standards standing standing 5-7 inches taller then my other 2...
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He is pretty lanky so it must just be his build. He also weighs close to 110 pounds.
That's a big boy you have there, sporting a 5-7'' height advantage over your other GSDs and at a lanky, maybe too skinny, 110lbs.

Would love to see some pics.
06-27-2014 07:20 PM
KaiserandStella People are used to seeing over weight dogs and get a good "oh that dog eats well and is taken care of" feeling when they see a dog that's plump even though it's healthier for them to be leaner/more muscular/active. Who cares about their health whats important is that you feel good and no one tells you your dog is too skinny right? It's important for everyone to learn the difference between lean, skinny, and emaciated. Also most people neuter their dogs which tends to increase the weight gain and adds to the image of what is "normal" My male dog put on quite a bit of weight after being neutered. Slowed down his metabolism considerably.
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