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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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My childhood dream was to own a big German Shepherd and it's finally come true. While searching for a new Shepherd for my mom, I fell in love with a 92 pound 1 1/2 year old and some how was able to call it my own. We got him from a foster family who said they received the dog from a married couple with small kids that couldn't handle his size and high energy. So far I've had no issues. Seems to be house broken, walks well next to me with minimal tugging, and has little or no aggression towards other dogs.

My only concerns now are:

He's fairly skinny; he has a massive head, chest and legs/paws, but very narrow, boney hips/waist

He gets very tired quickly; went on a mile run with him and he could barely keep up. He also gets tired fast from normal play.

He drinks up to 4 bowls of water after every small activity.

I'm hoping that he was just given very attention as a puppy, and didn't get exercised much giving reason for the low stamina and lack of muscle. The water thing I'm hoping is just a natural thing for a big dog.

I'll appreciate any insight on these issues.

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Have you brought him to a vet for a wellness check?

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Congratulation on the "puppy". We were in the same situation a month ago.
We've op to good quality dog food, & suppliment w/ "satin ball". we found the receipt on the internet to quickly add weight & help her coat. She's put on weight, looks sooooo much better & getting more stamina.
And we took her to the vet & make sure no health issues. (worms, heart worms)

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I haven't brought him for a wellness check yet but I plan to do that ASAP. Once I do that I'll look into the food/supplements once he's declared healthy! Thanks for the help. Any other recommendations are welcome!
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How big is the water bowl (in approx cups, how much water is in each bowl)?

Has he been seen by a vet recently with either you or the foster family (if the foster family, did they have paperwork to verify this)?

How much activity to you is "small activity?"

Is the avatar picture him? Of course it's not the best picture to judge by, especially being so small as an avatar, but his weight looks ok if not good in the pic. While many people are used to seeing thick, fat dogs, a 1 1/2 yr old large male GSD should be slender and lean with minimal fat and good muscle tone. Do you have other current photos you can upload?
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I would cut back on the running for now, and during the warm weather they drink tons of water!

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92lbs for an 18 month old doesn't sound that skinny unless he's extra tall. They're skinny as teenagers. With a GSD, you should see the last 2 ribs and be able to feel the spine but not see it. There should be a tuck up between the ribs and the hind legs.


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I also would cut back on the one mile run, he may just be not used to it yet.

Swimming will build up good muscle tone, I would gradually lead up to the mile run.

As for his weight, I agree with the others, see what his weight is vs his height.

My almost 2 year old female is 26" and weighs 70lbs, she is lean and long and I wouldn't want her any heavier.

My males typically ran 26" and 80-83# so his weight is kinda high unless he's taller and longer..

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I agree with everyone else, get a baseline for his health at the vets.

He may just be out of condition, so work up to the longer runs/walks. If he is generally heathly he should be able to increase the distance/amount fairly fast.

Our pups are better to be lean than FAT, and most dogs in the USA are fat fat fat! If your pup is in your avatar he seems ok, but the picture is kind of teeny (hint hint ... any bigger ones we can see?).

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92 pound 1 1/2 year old
92 pounds and 18 months old? How big is that dog?

Cut back on the running. You don't do him any good at all, especially if he is just one and a half year old and weighs 92 pounds.

Jeez my boy is big for a German Shepherd. He's as big as the standard allows 65 cm and weighs 79pounds but he is five years old.
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