Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: 97 lb male 58 lb bitch-can they be bred natural?
I agree with Val. Weight isn't an appropriate measure of a dog's size in relation to the standard. An 85lb dog can easily become a 100lb dog if let get overweight. And just like people, different dogs have different ideal weights.
Our old boy, Kaiser, had a working weight (when active in SchH and in prime physical condition) of 92lbs. Now, a retired 10yo, he's about 97. He is 25.25" tall, so within standard. But he is long, and broad, and has a set of shoulders like a linebacker. He isn't oversized, regardless of what his weight is. I could have trimmed him down to within the weight standard, but he'd have been ribby and unhealthy to do it. He's within standard in terms of height and structure, but his healthy weight was a bit over what the standard calls for. No big deal. You've got to look at the total dog. When bred, he produced dogs who varied from middle size to large size, but nothing over standard.
Many of the German show lines ARE oversized, but many really are not. They've been bred for larger and larger, heavier boned body type, those big buffalo heads, etc.. and whether you like that structure or not, it doesn't mean 97lbs automatically makes a dog oversized.
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