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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique my 3 yo male

Gunner is 3 years old and weighs 85lbs. I get a lot of comments from people that he is "too skinny" some think he's huge probably since he's tall for s shepherd but not sure his exact height.


I would appreciate any feedback.


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sorry, I don't know why the pictures came out sideways...
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Great looking dog! Nice face. He’s not too skinny.
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Great looking dog! Nice face. He’s not too skinny.

Thanks @ausdland I appreciate that, I don't think he's too skinny either but sometime when people mention it, it makes me wonder....I know he's in the standard as far as weight and he eats 4 cups of food a day but he's also very active so that may be why he stays fit.
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I can't give you a professional critique, but to me he looks like a balanced, handsome, athletic dog. I don't think he looks too thin either, but I find it hard to tell in pictures.
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I downloaded your photo, cropped it and straightened it so we could see it better.


Is he neutered? Flat withers with a slight dip behind his withers. OK topline, good placement of a croup that should be longer. Good angulation front and rear so he looks balanced. I would guess he is a bit restricted in his reach, but balance tends to compensate so a dog will move well enough. Good feet and pasterns. His weight looks good. He does look younger than three which is why I asked if he is neutered. Very nice head.
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I downloaded your photo, cropped it and straightened it so we could see it better.


Is he neutered? Flat withers with a slight dip behind his withers. OK topline, good placement of a croup that should be longer. Good angulation front and rear so he looks balanced. I would guess he is a bit restricted in his reach, but balance tends to compensate so a dog will move well enough. Good feet and pasterns. His weight looks good. He does look younger than three which is why I asked if he is neutered. Very nice head.

Thank you very much for taking your time to respond. Yes he is neutered unfortunately. We neutered him at 5 months at the vets request. This was before I knew any better, now I wish I would have at least waited until he was older if at all.....
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He's a handsome boy! I think folks are so used to seeing overweight dogs (and cats, for that matter) that when they see them at a healthy weight, they think they're too skinny.

My doberman put on a little pudge in her older years, but when she was young, I'd sometimes have well-meaning people tell me she needed to put on weight, even though she was perfectly fit and healthy.

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I second Judy. I have had coworkers tell me my dog looks like she should gain some weight. She is fine, I've seen their dogs, very overweight.
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I get comments from pet owners that my girl is too skinny all the time. And then I get comments from vets and sport/working dog owners that say she's in incredible shape. I wouldn't really worry about it. Athleticism and what that looks like in dogs isn't well understood by most pet owners.
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