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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Male Only 46 lbs at 6 months??

Our male GSD puppy is only 46 pounds at nearly 6 months… this below even the average for females. Will he catch up? What can we do to help him put on some weight? He is the average height and is very long and lean. Just wondering if he will have a growth spurt? Anyone here have a dog at this age that was around this weight? What did he end up growing up to weigh?
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He will probably be on the small side of the breed standard but he still has plenty of time to fill out. My rottie mix was about that weight at 6 months and she was about 70 pounds when she finished filling out.

As long as he's healthy I wouldn't worry about it.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 02:59 PM
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We have a 14-month-old GSD who weighs 71 lbs. Our vet says he is about 10 lbs. underweight. He's had a lot of digestive issues and has a very sensitive stomach. So your dog will probably gain more by a year, but may always be skinny.

Did your vet test for giardia and roundworm?
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My boy weighted 46 lbs at a little over 4 months...
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 04:48 PM
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Oh yes. My male Shepherd who currently weighs 105 pounds right now, didn't stop growing until he was 2. Yours still has to fill out, just make sure he's on a healthy diet and he'll catch up soon.
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Keep your pup on a healthy appropriate diet, don't over feed, and don't over exercise. He will grow at the rate he is supposed to grow and will start to thicken at around age 2. If you try to overfeed to add extra weight to make your pup heavier it may cause joint and health issues later on in life.

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My 6 month old female is only 43lbs
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Our puppy is on the smaller side too. Wondering if there's a chance he's a mix?

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I don't have a 6 month weight recorded for Nikon but Pan has two entries at 6 months, a 45lb and a 50lb and he is now a perfectly normal sized male (verified with two show ratings). I sold him at 24 months and he was just over 70lbs with some filling out to do. Male GSDs often physically mature slowly. There's no reason a normal sized GSD needs to be 100lbs at 6 months, your dog is probably fine, maybe on the smaller side but IMO that can be better for sports and athleticism.

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My male is 17 months and is only 66lbs. I don't really care. He is tough as nails and fast as lightning!
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