Any ideas on final size? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 58
Any ideas on final size?

I adopted my boy at 3 months and he was 31 lbs. We had him on regular puppy food until about 7 months, when we read up on the benefits of feeding adult food or all-life-stages food to slow down the growth. When we made the switch at 7 months, he weighed 73 lbs. and was 24.5 inches. He slowed down considerably at that point. When we had him weighed at 12 months, he weighed 76 lbs. and was still around 24.5 inches. At 15 months, he now weighs a healthy 81 lbs. and has shot up an inch and a half to 26 inches!

The reason of my perplexity is that everything I read seems to say that they stop growing height wise around 10 months, a year at the latest. He's shot up an inch and a half after a year.

He was adopted, so we really have no idea about his parents. He is also a mix, but is so predominantly shepherd that we can't even see the other breed. (We can just see little tiny differences that we figure must come from somewhere else.)

Could it be that the growth we slowed down is finally starting to catch up, or could he just be a large dog, given that he is continuing to grow upwards past a year?

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
headtripparade is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 02:26 PM
Elite Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,708
The 12 mo guesstimate is a generalization. Some quit growing before then. Some grow into their 2nd yr. A few even beyond that. Large to very large dogs usually grow for a longer period of time. My guy grew a bit past 1yr but not much. Your guy might grow a bit more...or not.
RubyTuesday is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Litter size and adult dog size JayneA Breeding - General 6 02-13-2012 02:01 PM
Any idea on final coloring? Alois Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 13 03-06-2011 02:54 PM
Paw size any indicator of adult size? Zan General Puppy Stuff 15 12-05-2010 05:30 PM
Projecting Puppy Size to Adult Size Ocean Breeding - General 2 03-25-2010 11:07 PM
Any reliable way to predict adult size/weight? SusiQ General Puppy Stuff 7 04-27-2009 12:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome