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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-30-2016, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Black M GSD only 15lbs at 11wk

I saw some growth charts out there, and while I know they are not absolutes I am a little concerned about his weight. He was at 10lb when we got him at 9wk and has gained about 2-2.5lb a week which ive been told is the norm. Breeder fed him royal canin for small breeds because she said he liked the kibble size. I tried eukanuba large breed but he did not like it, so now have recently transitioned to Blue buffalo puppy kibble which he seems to like. He typically eats a bit less than the bag recommends but isnt skinny at all. Im wondering if hes just gonna be a small dog, or if he'll have a growth spurt. Opinions appreciated.

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Since he is gaining and growing, no need to worry. There has been many members on the board that had very small puppies like yours, and they caught up to average size by the time they were a year old or so, or just a bit under average weight. I'd just continue on with a good quality kibble, feed more during growth spurts.

I had to shake my head a bit at the breeder feeding small breed kibble because they liked the kibble size better. The Large Breed puppy foods are designed to encourage slow and steady growth, as too fast growth in large breeds can cause musculoskeletal development issues. If you have him back on a large-breed puppy food he should be fine. You can also get him on a regular adult food.

Slow, steady growth is best - though you can expect some growth spurts here and there, and that is normal.

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Thanks for the reply. Yea, her reasoning was that he liked the kibble size, which makes no sense because there are plenty of appropriate foods for the dog with smaller kibbles. His food now isn't breed or size specific, but I trust that blue buffalo life protection puppy dry food is a decent brand to feed. Otherwise he is very active, not underweight at all and is a pleasant pain in the neck as expected from a puppy. Hoping for a growth spurt as his mom is 90lbs and dad is 140lbs. Those paws seem big to me and I hope he fills them Name:  13509067_10153588991766791_6951180758669863864_n.jpg
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Did the breeder tell you that was what the father and mother weighed? Those weights are seriously high. I pulled a male GSD from a shelter that was 31" at his withers and he was only 102#. I would not go by those weights to figure out what size your puppy might be as an adult. 140# is almost the size of a Mastiff!




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That did sound ridiculous but I guess I heard what I wanted to hear and clung on to those numbers. He's awesome, cant complain, but I do quietly hope that he grows to 100lb
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140 is a bit heavy.. he must have been overweight if that was an accurate weight

your puppy should be fine.. his weight is not far off from mine... my female puppy was 12.7 lbs on her vet check up at 8 weeks 4 days... next check up is monday 11 weeks 4 days so I'll see where she is then

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A male should be between 24-26 tall at the withers. Mine is almost 26", weighs 78# and I get comments all the time on how big he is. I think you'll be surprised what an 80# male looks like. Just don't get to hung up on that weight number.




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Just hope he gets to 80 then
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People never believe it when I tell them my male is around 73 pounds. Everyone is convinced he is at least 100. Mine looks pretty good except when he rolls on his back. Then he looks on the skinny side.

Very cute puppy.
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That did sound ridiculous but I guess I heard what I wanted to hear and clung on to those numbers. He's awesome, cant complain, but I do quietly hope that he grows to 100lb
and I seriously hope he does not -- that is too heavy for the best of them and this little guy does not look like he has the frame to expect that -- unless it is health-harmful , hip harmful blub

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