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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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8 months old and TINY

Hey everyone! I just signed up here since I have so much still to learn about my boy Oliver. So hereís my firdst question thatís been on my mind a lot lately. When do male GSD get bigger? He is only 49 pounds, just got fixed yesterday and maybe comes up to my knee, if that. Heís smaller than most German Shepherds that are 3 months younger than him. He eats Eukenuba (spelling might be off) large breed puppy food, as much as he wants in hopes that he will fatten up and grow maybe. I donít know whats going on and why he is so small. I got him at almost 3 months, he was one of two puppies left in a kennel from a litter. Iím concerned he has something wrong? Heís everything a GSD should be, stubborn, excited, extremely intelligent, but small. Help!
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my female is 2 and 55 lbs. She was the smallest of a large litter. My boy is 4 and 90 lbs...one of a litter of 4. When my male was 2 he was a slim 70 lbs and at 4 he is still slim at 90, just filled out.

so be patient and keep in mind there are many advantages to a smaller GSD. They can be faster, more agile, and way easier to pick up if/when you need to.
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They can be faster, more agile, and way easier to pick up if/when you need to.
Take up less room on the couch, dog food lasts longer, smaller surface area that sheds...

My female is 1.5ish and ways 54 lbs, and she could probably stand to lose 3 lbs. The only downside to her being "small" is that everyone we encounter in public says "Oh, what's she mixed with? There's no way she's full blood!" That gets annoying.

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I used to be worried about weight too

My female is 2 and 58 lbs

I love her size and am so glad she isn’t massive
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Some dogs are just smaller. I have two club members that have litter mates, and you'd never guess they were related. One is massive - easily 90lbs lean. Very, very solid looking dog with a nice head. The other is absolutely tiny. Everyone who is new asks how old the dog is because she's so small, or if she's a mal. So there's always incredible genetic variety, plus environmental conditions that add onto it. I wouldn't stress size. Your dog will grow to whatever size their body will allow them to healthily. Don't overfeed or anything just to claim a larger weight either... you'd be surprised at what people do just to claim they have a "big dog".

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Please don't 'fatten him up'. It doesn't make him bigger, only fatter and unhealthier. Most likely he will grow taller since he was neutered young before his growth plates closed. What were his parents like? Are you sure he is purebred?
Can you post a picture from the side while standing and one from looking above his back? This gives us an idea about his body condition. Enjoy your dog!
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That does seem a little small for the age, but I wouldn't sweat it as long as the dog is a healthy weight and in good shape. I envy you to be honest, my guy is too big for me to pick up anymore and if there was an emergency I don't know how I would get him to the vet. Much easier for emergencies, travel, etc. when you have a lighter dog and you get all the great benefits of having a GSD still.

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My dog was only 3.5 kg at 2 months, and now he's 29kg at 9 so he's caught up a lot but not completely.
One thing I noticed was that his growth spurts coincided with when he was highly active.
For example, when we moved around 2 months ago a staffy joined the house, ever since they were playing non stop and he shot up 4 cm in a month.

I agree big dogs aren't the best but I think you can consider exercising more to encourage growth.
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