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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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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?


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 02:26 PM
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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.
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