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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Kopper's little sister is 80lb at 8 months.

He was 62lb at 8 months and is 75lb at 15 months. I think one of us is messing up somewhere.

Is that even possible? Can a full brother and sister be that far off and both of them be healthy?

I'm looking at him critically, wondering if I need to feed him more. Maybe I stunted his growth not feeding puppy food.


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He was 62lb at 8 months and is 75lb at 15 months. I think one of us is messing up somewhere.

Is that even possible? Can a full brother and sister be that far off and both of them be healthy?

I'm looking at him critically, wondering if I need to feed him more. Maybe I stunted his growth not feeding puppy food.
You are a nervous Nelly LOL. If your dogs are at a healthy weight then I wouldn't worry about it.

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LOL I am a nervous Nelly. I just measured him and he's 26 inches, so a good height for a male. He's just so LANKY!


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Chances are they are overfeeding, or feeding an improper diet causing too rapid of growth, or they are overestimating or outright lying..people see their dogs weight as a status symbol. IE: my puppy is 40 lbs at 3 months old and his sire was 125 lbs!!"
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Do you have any pictures of his sister? Have you seen his sister in person? If yes, does she look a healthy weight to you?

I guess anything is possible when it comes to genetics. Nothing is guaranteed, so I guess a sister being that much bigger than a full brother is possible, just not typical.

I'd actually prefer a male that's Kopper's size than if he were around 90+ pounds. In my opinion, an in-shape 75 pounds is the perfect size for a GSD. They're more agile and athletic at that size. They knock over less stuff in the house too.
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I saw pictures but she was lying down. I can't tell anything about her weight. I certainly don't want him overweight at all since he's doing agility, but then I don't want him stunted either.


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I think I've read enough of your posts on here to safely assume you didn't stunt his growth. You do a great job with him. He's just growing the way he was genetically designed to grow.

I know there are plenty of people who love their huge males, but Kopper sounds like the perfect size to me. JMO.
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Karlo was 20-30# more than his litter-mates at that age. Even though they were females, it was a big spread in weight/height. He was 80# at 8 mos, and not an ounce of fat. I fed raw.
The other male was at least 15 behind him. Karlo is now 90# at 3 yrs and 27" very, very lean(I need to add some to him, he's muscled but not a bit of extra fat) Gryff is 27" and 85# the females range from 55# to 65#.
I see some dogs that are overweight, jiggly because they aren't muscled and I don't want that look at all. I keep my female Onyx the same as Karlo, she is not in sportwork, but if I let her, she'd get fat(spayed 5yrs old) She's 90# and 26" but bigger boned than him.

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I have 2 'big' sisters. Am i stunted? Gee, I hope not.
Sometimes the girls are just bigger.
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I can't ever let them see each other. He'd never live it down if he got beat up by his little sister.

I freely admit to getting my back up a little when I found out his younger sister was bigger.


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