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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Experts: OMG, you dog will be HUGE!

I feel like venting....

I love when the "dog experts" walk over to me, and say that Kira is going to be HUGE!

Look at those paws!
Look at those ears!
Her head is PERFECT and LARGE!
OMG, how much does she weigh??

Is she a GIANT shepherd like I used to see YEARS AGO?

Yes, that's what I hear...

My replies...

Her paws are normal
Her ears are normal
Her mom was a pip squeek, just barely 65 lbs
She's only 30lbs.

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 10:05 AM
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Yeah, I get that all the time.
"He's gonna be, what, 120, 130 pounds?"
No. Probably more like 85-90.

They always seem disappointed.


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You'll be amazed at the crazy things experts will tell you. Our last female gsd was 68 at her heaviest and people used to ask me if she was a miniature shepherd...a what?? On the other hand Stosh is 85 lbs and people say that he's huge, he's got to weigh 100 lbs...nope he's normal.
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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 10:06 AM
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I get that too and from folks who know GSDs - same thing - parents were NOT big and his weight is on the low end of the scale for his age.

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Hondo is a LH. I keep his wieght between 87 lbs & 92 lbs. Because of his LH, folks always say "Oh my gosh! He must weigh at least 120lbs!" I just laugh softly and say, "No, he doesn't weigh that much." I'm not going to argue with them. He's my dog. I know what he weighs. And it really doensn't matter what they think.

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I took Kira to the vet yesterday, because I found a tick on her. She hadn't been treated for fleas and ticks yet (my fault), so I asked the vet to remove the tick, and treat her.

The "Sunday vet" didn't know her and thought she was about 3 months old. When he pt her on the scale, and saw that she was "only" 30lbs, his face looked bewildered. He ran to the computer, and looked up the projected weight. He comes over to me and says that she's "undersized" for a GS, and her projected weight is about 65 lbs.
To which I reply... Perfect. She's just like her mother.
He thought I was friggin nuts.
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I get that too with my 7 month old, 55lb female... one guy said to me, "omg.. that dog will be 100lbs!" meanwhile, my 2.5 year old male who is triple her size is only 87lbs.

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I get it all the time that my 85lb boy is "small for a male" and that they have a "110lb male" at home. I then ask them how much they love dealing with their joint problems and how much their dog's love the Beneful that they're carrying to the counter.

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While out walking with my boy someone stopped to comment on how big he was....they thought 95 pounds and was shocked when I said no...65 pounds

Sometimes the general public annoy me with what they think a GSD "should be". I always here about their 120 pound GSD growing up...but maybe that weight was exaggerated anyway. lol
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Ditto everything. Moses is an even 100lbs and I constantly get one of two comments...OMG WHAT kind of dog is that?? He looks like a bear! To which I reply he is a german shepherd and they reply, "I've never seen a german shepherd like that before". The 2nd is OMG what does he weight 120lbs, 130lb?

The general public is not dog savvy!
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