Good afternoon all,
My boy just turned 8 months old a few weeks back. It has been a few months since we weighed him last but he was right around 63LBS in December. I am getting sick and tired of people looking at my boy and telling me "wow he looks really skinny", or "Is it normal for him to be that underweight".My favorite quote though had to be a lady at our local dog park from over the weekend "He doesn't look right.. Do you feed him enough?" Fact of the matter is our boy eats quite a bit but also exercises a TON! My sister is a vet tech in California and she told us that one major thing you do not want to do with a big breed is overfeed as this can cause their bones to grow too fast. I know GSD's go through their "awkward teenage phase" and they look lanky and skinny but I just wanted to see if there is some further insight I can get on my boy.
We currently feed him nutrisource grain free with bison. Info here: Large Breed Grain Free Lamb Meal Dog Food
We currently feed him twice a day and 4 scoops total. 2 scoops at approx 7:30am and 2 scoops at 6:30pm. My wife and I have been thinking of upping it to 5-6 scoops in a day but feel as this may be too much.
I don't have any recent pictures but I did upload this video of him playing fetch to youtube. I apologize in advance as it was taken from an Iphone.
8 month old gsd doing what he loves - YouTube
Here are his current stats:
8 months old
Weight: approx 68-75..
Height: approx 26-27 inches from ground to top of shoulder blade
In terms of exercise, we are talking a strict daily walk+ball fetching/and on some weekends hiking. I don't know how many calories he burns in a day but I feel that it must be a ton! If you check out the above video, this is just one hill that we visit daily and play fetch for a good amount of time. Because he comes from a working line family, his activity level is definitely up there.Aside from that he is in his peak in regards to his activity levels.
Please give me your insight as I would certainly appreciate it.
Thank you so much,