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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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"Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

...and small!

I feel like this is all I EVER hear! Mandy is around 22" tall and she is lengthy! She has a longer torso and she seems smaller than she is. I know she's not done growing yet...She'll be 6 months in 2 days. I may be a bit more sensitive to it being my son, Evan was born a few weeks early and has always rode the 3-5 % for weight. Mandy is 50 lbs. Has anyone else had a smaller GSD? I am happy with her & that's all that matters! But, of course I let it get to me!!

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Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

It's not that Mandy is "small" it's that people have no idea how big a GSD should be. Not to mention, they are used to seeing dogs that are bordering on OBESE, so anything normal-sized they believe is small...
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Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

there is a member, Liesje, who has a female that is 21" and 50lbs as an ADULT (i believe she's 4?)...

your dog is not the wrong size, but rather the correct size and like Dainerra said - most people are just not used to seeing that. I was told that my boy Tilden looked "weird" because he was standing next to a male GSD who is 4" over standard for a male, and thats what the family was used to seeing.

Mandy is within standard now, and she'll be within standard when she's done growing

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Originally Posted By: DainerraIt's not that Mandy is "small" it's that people have no idea how big a GSD should be. Not to mention, they are used to seeing dogs that are bordering on OBESE, so anything normal-sized they believe is small...
I think you are right

I feel like she looks wonderful! We have 2 cats and when they were on the verge of becoming overweight we put them on a better high quality food and they couldn't be doing better now weight wise!

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Originally Posted By: Camerafodderthere is a member, Liesje, who has a female that is 21" and 50lbs as an ADULT (i believe she's 4?)...

your dog is not the wrong size, but rather the correct size and like Dainerra said - most people are just not used to seeing that. I was told that my boy Tilden looked "weird" because he was standing next to a male GSD who is 4" over standard for a male, and thats what the family was used to seeing.

Mandy is within standard now, and she'll be within standard when she's done growing
Thanks for helping me understand! I love my baby girl and wouldn't have her any other way! I just wish other people who not be so quick to jump on the fact that my dog is "small" or as we know "normal".

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Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

I love smaller GSDs. Everytime I see pics of Carolina's Aslan, I go "I want!!!!!!".

Our club has a SchH3 female that can't be more than 50lbs and, boy, does she kick butts and look great doing it.

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All of my previous GSDs have been towards the top of the breed standard or even a couple of pounds over, and it seems most people are used to seeing oversized dogs so they've come to assume that's the norm.

Halo is the smallest GSD I've ever had, and to us she looks so little, especially compared to Keefer. My hubby jokes that I got him a miniature shepherd, lol! But at almost 14 months old and a hair under 60 pounds she's smack dab at the midway point for an adult female, which ranges from about 48-1/2 to 70-1/2 pounds.

Keefer is also close to the midway point for a male, which is 77 pounds. The male standard ranges from about 66 to 88 pounds, and he's usually 80-82 pounds. He's also big boned, very broad, with a huge head and a long coat, so even though I keep him lean he just looks big. Halo has a very slender athletic build and has yet to fill out, so she looks thin, even though there's more meat on her ribs than on Keef's, and I get the "skinny" comments a lot.

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Hexe is "small". She is just under 50 lbs and a year old.
She may be small but man is she fast and hits hard!

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Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

I get it all the time with Denali.
She's only 9 months old! She can't be full grown yet LOL.

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Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."

This thread makes me feel better! Thanks everyone!

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