No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Re: "Your puppy is so beautiful....and....."
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.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short