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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Just turned Two - 70lbs - Done Growing?

Hi Duke just turned two. He still looks and acts like a puppy. He is beautiful, I assume he may gain a few pounds this year but is done growing structurally. I guess I had hoped he would be a bit heavier. His height is solid and compares well, but I wish he was a little less skinny. The upside is he is extremely athletic and fast.

Is he on the smaller side of the average compared to others? I have seen the growth charts. Just wondering what you all think.

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If he is healthy and yes he is beautiful then don't worry about the size of your GSD. That's just a macho thing if you ask me , been there done that. Having an average size dog and keeping them thin will give you a better chance to enjoy a healthier dog for more years than an over sized dog with joints & tendons that can't support his size. jmo.
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Our 9yo male sable, Griff, is usually in the 75lb range. He is in great condition and very athletic(still does bitework twice a week). I think he is a great size.
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Wow your dogs must be very skinny , my pup at 6/7 months is almost 70lb haha. She isn't over weight either it's pure muscle
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He might get less skinny/lanky.

Rocky still looked leggy and skinny at 2 years. At 3 years, his chest and shoulders were considerably broader than they were at 2 and he looked a lot more adult. Then, oddly enough, at 5 years he got a little thicker in the neck while keeping his nice slim waist.

Now, at almost 9 years old, he's a fit and trim 75lb, which is well within standard for a male GSD.


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Is he neutered? If so, when was he neutered (age)?

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If he is healthy and yes he is beautiful then don't worry about the size of your GSD. That's just a macho thing if you ask me , been there done that. Having an average size dog and keeping them thin will give you a better chance to enjoy a healthier dog for more years than an over sized dog with joints & tendons that can't support his size. jmo.
Couldn't agree more. Seems a lot of dogs in this forum are much bigger than the standard. Do they want a standard dog or a big dog? What good is a standard if nobody pays attention to it? My girl is 25.5 inches, which is taller than the standard for bitches but many people think she is small (70 pounds). Go figure.

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Stark is right at the top of the standard for males (25.5-26" at the withers and about 84-85lbs) and although I get comments on how long he is, I get just as many saying he is too small for a male?!

WHAT?! Small?

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The standard for an adult male is about 66 to 88 pounds (approximate because that's converted from kgs), so he's towards the lower end but still well within the standard. The majority of his growth is done, but he may fill out a bit more.

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Sigurd is almost 2 years and weighs 75 lbs.


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