Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Connemara, Ireland
Thanks everyone for the replies, you've really put my mind at ease.
The story is - we got her 11 weeks ago and we were told she was 7 weeks old then, which we now realise is too young to be taken from her mother regardless. So that would make her 18 weeks, but she looks so much smaller than she should be. We got her from a family in our town that got her as an unwanted present. We have always wanted a German Shepherd, and as she needed a home urgently we thought why not. However, we are sure she came from a BYB, no papers, no info or anything. She was also full of worms and very skinny when we got her, and had a very delicate stomach - diarrhea on and off for ages. So we see two possibilities - either she is 18 weeks but she and her mother were malnourished and so she is somewhat stunted and not growing as well as she could be, or that she was actually a lot younger than we were told. She doesn't show any sign of losing her baby teeth or coat yet.
The good news is that she is full of fun, does run around and play like a maniac, and takes great pleasure in torturing her big brothers! And like you all said, there is a wide range in sizes in puppies.
Maggie - i have spent time perusing those threads, that is partly how we realised how much smaller she seems than others her age, but again, I did notice that there is a wide range in size.
Brandi - Going by that chart I would say she is still closer to thin than ideal, but she is gaining weight slowly but surely. My boyfriend has actually just left the house with her and is going to drop into the vet and weigh her again, so hopefully we'll see a good increase!
I think I am just a bit paranoid, I've never had a "purebred" dog before, and am so aware of all the potential health problems German Shepherds can suffer from, I was convincing myself she was a Pituritary Dwarf!
Anyway, thanks again, and let me know - in your experienced opinions, which do you think is more likely - that she is younger than we thought, or just small for her age?