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10-21-2014 07:05 AM
Anubis_Star
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
I disagree with this. Having a weight guide based on average weights of thousands of GSDs over many years helps owners monitor their dogs weight and to make a decision on whether this is the dogs genetic makeup or whether a visit to the vet is in order. Focusing on weight is essential because there may be underlining medical issues contributing to being underweight.

A year ago, I thought I was doing an excellent job at keeping my 2yo GSD male trim and terrific, I knew he was thin but just kept telling myself that he has yet to fill out and wait to see how he is when he hits about 3yo.

I finally woke up that something was wrong when I looked at a weight guide designed by a very reputable Vet and GSD breeder of some 40 years and realised that at 2 1/2yo - he weighs less than a 1yo GSD male.

This prompted me to visit my vet who kindly tested him for EPI - and he was positive.

If I had of taken off my rose coloured glasses and realised that he is way too thin for his age, according to tested weight guidelines, then I would of had him at the vet much sooner and therefore diagnosed sooner and therefore he would of being treated sooner resulting in zero suffering for about a year!!!!

He would of being treated for EPI sooner and not gone through the anxiety and suffering of feeling like he is starving to death.

There is nothing wrong with checking your pup against reputable weight guidelines and if your pup is not reasonably within the suggested weight - then talk to your vet and ask why.
Although I agree and see where you're coming from, there are several differences. For one, adult weight guidelines are much more accurate vs. The rapid weight gains of very young pups, especially when there's essentially 4-5 very different types and lines of GSDs. Secondly, it is recommended that every dog see a vet once a year for an exam and checkup to monitor health. A yearly checkup at 1 year of age and 2 years of age would of likely caught EPI much sooner, as well.
10-20-2014 05:43 PM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by Anubis_Star View Post
Worrying about "correct weights" is pointless.
I disagree with this. Having a weight guide based on average weights of thousands of GSDs over many years helps owners monitor their dogs weight and to make a decision on whether this is the dogs genetic makeup or whether a visit to the vet is in order. Focusing on weight is essential because there may be underlining medical issues contributing to being underweight.

A year ago, I thought I was doing an excellent job at keeping my 2yo GSD male trim and terrific, I knew he was thin but just kept telling myself that he has yet to fill out and wait to see how he is when he hits about 3yo.

I finally woke up that something was wrong when I looked at a weight guide designed by a very reputable Vet and GSD breeder of some 40 years and realised that at 2 1/2yo - he weighs less than a 1yo GSD male.

This prompted me to visit my vet who kindly tested him for EPI - and he was positive.

If I had of taken off my rose coloured glasses and realised that he is way too thin for his age, according to tested weight guidelines, then I would of had him at the vet much sooner and therefore diagnosed sooner and therefore he would of being treated sooner resulting in zero suffering for about a year!!!!

He would of being treated for EPI sooner and not gone through the anxiety and suffering of feeling like he is starving to death.

There is nothing wrong with checking your pup against reputable weight guidelines and if your pup is not reasonably within the suggested weight - then talk to your vet and ask why.
10-17-2014 06:33 PM
lauren43
11 week old GSD weight? Normal?

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Originally Posted by Anubis_Star View Post
At 8 weeks old my husky was 16 lbs, my shepherd was 8 lbs. Full grown the husky was 65 lbs and the shepherd 80lbs. Worrying about "correct weights" is pointless. Is the puppy HEALTHY for its body type

Now this is what I love to see.

At 9 weeks I took Finnick to a puppy social class. All the dogs were around the same age and the border collie pup was the same size or bigger than Finn!

Worrying about weight in puppies is meaningless and a moot point, as long as your pup looks good for their frame, you have nothing to worry about!
10-17-2014 05:27 PM
Anubis_Star At 8 weeks old my husky was 16 lbs, my shepherd was 8 lbs. Full grown the husky was 65 lbs and the shepherd 80lbs. Worrying about "correct weights" is pointless. Is the puppy HEALTHY for its body type
10-17-2014 05:09 PM
N Smith I recently had a litter of working line GSD's.

At 6.5 weeks all were weighed at the vet between 12 lbs and 17.5 lbs.

At 8 weeks, all were in the 18-25lb range.

Now at 5 months, they are in the 45-55lb range.

Not sure how "average" that is - but my keeper male is definitely bigger than his sire was at this age. His dam only weighs 58 lbs and he is almost at that weight himself.

All of the puppies will grow at different rates, genetics (along with exercise and proper nutrition) will determine adult size.
10-17-2014 03:24 PM
cgrant1212
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Originally Posted by Tygerlynx View Post
Supposedly they were around 100lbs but they seemed a bit smaller to me (maybe 80 something). Not sure if she weighed them recently or was just estimating. At 12 weeks old now my pup weighs 21 lbs so he gained almost 4 lbs this week.
Just want to check in! Hows your pup doing? Weighed mine (He's now 18 weeks I believe?) and at 32 pounds. I still feel as if he is small!
09-11-2014 04:38 PM
Tygerlynx
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Originally Posted by cgrant1212 View Post
Maybe! I weighed him again today (He turned 12 weeks a few days ago) and he is now 18 pounds exactly. So he gained 2.5 pounds since then... How big were the parents of your pup?
Supposedly they were around 100lbs but they seemed a bit smaller to me (maybe 80 something). Not sure if she weighed them recently or was just estimating. At 12 weeks old now my pup weighs 21 lbs so he gained almost 4 lbs this week.
09-10-2014 12:00 AM
cgrant1212
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Originally Posted by Tygerlynx View Post
I just brought my 11 week old GSD pup in for his 2nd shot and he weighs 17 lbs. Maybe we have late bloomers? His parents were both on the larger side.
Maybe! I weighed him again today (He turned 12 weeks a few days ago) and he is now 18 pounds exactly. So he gained 2.5 pounds since then... How big were the parents of your pup?
09-07-2014 07:10 AM
Harry and Lola 15 pounds at 11 weeks is light, generally for an 8 week old male you would want him around 13 to 19 pounds and a 12 week old male around 22 to 30 pounds. These are generalisations only and for showline GSDs, however a good guide to go by. I would keep an eye on him, check his weight at 16 weeks to see if he is between 35 to 39 pounds, if he is not anywhere near this then talk to your vet. He is adorable.
09-06-2014 11:11 AM
ChouMaKen 12 weeks old male 20 lbs here, seems pretty standard as far as I could tell
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