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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Does he seem small for his age?

Wolfie is 6 1/2 months old. He is about 70 lbs. I haven't weighed him for a while but on June 4 he was 60.3 lbs. He seems to average about 10 to 12 lbs a month. He is 23 1/2 inches tall and 29 inches long. I am feeding adult food so he grows slowly, but I see pics of other GSD puppies his age and they seem to look bigger and their faces look more mature. Is he small for his age?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 12:15 PM
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70 pounds? I wouldn't call that small. Yukon is a full grown male, almost 6 years old and has 79 pounds and 25 inches
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My Chiefy was 120 lbs and tall at full grown. He was American show lines. I hear that the DDR dogs, like Wolfie, are more stocky, so I wasn't sure if he was small or not.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 12:20 PM
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No. He is not small for his age. It's important not to lose sight of the fact that

1) Puppies all grow at different rates...some put on mass very early, some wait until later.

2) There are varying degrees of "bone" in puppies. Some dogs are very heavily boned to the point of almost being overdone, while others are not. This can happen even within litters.

3) People seem partial to big dogs. So there are a number of puppies out there who are a good deal larger than perhaps they ought to be.

From what I've seen Wolfie looks just fine and will probably develop into an appropriately sized GSD if not on the large side. Consider that right now in height he is at the bottom of standard for an ADULT GSD...he can only grow another 2 inches tall to be correct in height and probably only another 10-15 lbs. That means that in the next few months his growth will slow considerably. I certainly wouldn't be concerned about him being too small.

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Certainly not small. I am thinking my male was in the 60 lb something at 6 months. He was a very average weight.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wolfie has an older full sister ( same parents) that is full grown, and she is tiny. I thought she was a pup when I first saw her. He also has siblings that are average to on the larger side, but the small size of his sister really stuck with me.

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Sounds like he's a "moose!"
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When Sin was 6 months old he weighed between 55 and 60 pounds

He is now 16 months old, weighs 77 pounds and is 28 inches at the shoulder

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Wow! He's tall!

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Wow! He's tall!
Yes, yes he is

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