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My 1 year old GSD weighs 53lbs. Is this normal?

My husband and I (who are both first-time dog parents) rescued our 1 y.o. GSD about 5 weeks ago. We took him to the vet a few days later and had him weighed and he weighed 52 lbs. I haven't taken him to the vet recently, but he doesn't look like he has gained much weight. Based on that graph floating around, he should weigh closer to 75 lbs.

We feed him almost double the recommended amount, but all it seems to do is just increase his number of poops per day. It also seems that he hasn't seemed to "grow into his paws" yet as many many people have commented on how big he is going to be based on his paws.

Should I be concerned at all?
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All GSD's are different, the chart is just a general guideline. My 15 month old male is only 65lbs, it does take them two to three years to reach their final weight sometimes. Do you have any photos and are you sure he's purebred? He is slightly on the small side but if he's not underweight then I really wouldn't worry too much about it. On a positive note this is a great size if you ever want to try agility or flyball. The whole paw thing is pretty much a myth, what food is he eating?

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We feed him food from The Honest Kitchen. Seems to be doing great on it...at least according to his poops. I am looking into supplementing his food with Salmon Oil and also a supplement for joint health since they are prone to hip dysplasia.

This is the only full body I have of him sitting up.

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And yes, he is a purebred. He was owner surrendered and the rescue gave me his papers.
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He looks dandy to me, pretty broad chest for a 1 year old too. His nails HAVE to be murder on that snazzy floor.

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He looks dandy to me, pretty broad chest for a 1 year old too. His nails HAVE to be murder on that snazzy floor.
brembo - We keep his nails short. And we've come to terms with saying goodbye to our pristine hardwood. Had we known we were eventually getting a dog, we would've opted for a different material!
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Its kind of hard to tell because he's sitting down but by the size of his head and chest it looks like he should be a big dog. in the photo his lower half looks a bit too small. But again its hard to tell with him sitting.

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Its kind of hard to tell because he's sitting down but by the size of his head and chest it looks like he should be a big dog. in the photo his lower half looks a bit too small. But again its hard to tell with him sitting.

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aurybq - You're right. His lower half is super small. His butt is very bony.

Just took this photo of him napping right now. His dog bed measures 36" as a point of reference
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To be honest of he was mine I wouldn't worry too much he looks good, all gsd vary in size he looks to be a decent size..

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Well he looks very cute, but remember german shepherds have a naturally thin waist. And like someone else said, every dog is different when it comes to growing and filling out.As long as he's happy and doesn't show any signs of being sick, I wouldnt worry about it too much for now because your obviously not starving him. just keep tracking his weight to see if he improves even a little and if nothing changes talk to your vet about EPI

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