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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Worried-- New puppy REALLY small

We just adopted our first GS puppy yesterday. We were told Buddy was the runt, but now I am alarmed to see how small he is compared to the standard.

He is very active and happy, but at 11 weeks he is only 9 lbs. The breeder is reputable and said he is healthy.. but now I am worried,

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Take him to your vet tomorrow - see what the vet says. While I think that's a bit small, it happens that smaller puppies grow up to be normal size.

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Have em' vet checked. Do you have any pictures?

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Izzy was 11 pounds at 4 months, but she was rescued from a puppymill. She is now 1.5 years and about 62 pounds. She is small for a shepherd, but we love her just the same.!
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Re: Worried-- New puppy REALLY small

Havoc was 13 pounds at 8 weeks and I thought he was big. Kayos was 10 pounds at weeks. But she is a female. He may be a little small but I bet he catches up quickly. with any pup you should have them vet checked within 48 hours of bringing them home.

I am sure Buddy is probably fine. would love to see pictures of him!

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Originally Posted By: skyizzyIzzy was 11 pounds at 4 months, but she was rescued from a puppymill. She is now 1.5 years and about 62 pounds. She is small for a shepherd, but we love her just the same.!
Same with me. Ramsey is now 16 months old and weighs 61lbs. just a small male.

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Originally Posted By: skyizzyIzzy was 11 pounds at 4 months, but she was rescued from a puppymill. She is now 1.5 years and about 62 pounds. She is small for a shepherd, but we love her just the same.!
For a female she is a perfectly NORMAL size. It would be a bit small for a male but females 45-65 or 70# is perfectly normal.

Tika was 7 pounds at 7 weeks and was small. Grew into a perfect size 64 pound Shepherd girl.


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did you see the parents or litter mates?
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Re: Worried-- New puppy REALLY small

We are calling our vet tomorrow. The breeder said he should get to be 80 lbs but will be on the shorter side based on his lineage. We are ok if he is a smaller male. I guess I am just worried there may be an underlying health issue.

Here is his picture:



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Re: Worried-- New puppy REALLY small

BTW.. we did see his dad who was about 85 lbs, tall but thinner. His litter mates were a lot bigger.. they estimated the males were between 20 - 30 lbs and were chunky. We did not see them together as a group since they had separated Buddy from his litter mates so he would not learn to fight over his food.

We were a little shocked to see the size difference when they brought him out after seeing his brothers, but his personality and energy are great. Also, I have twin daughters who are 7 so a smaller male would work out fine.

The breeder is very reputable and no one seems worried but me.

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