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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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hi there had to share a pic of the growing boy he is 5 1/2 months old and he is 71.4lbs just wondering if thats normal he is solid and very strong any ideas on how big he is going to get every chart i looked at puts him the size of a 10 month old and he is half that
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 12:56 PM
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Only time will tell how big your puppy will get. Did you meet the sire and dam? How big were they? My puppy was about 70 lbs at 6 months, then seemed to just hover at that weight for a couple months. She topped out at 80 lbs at just under 3 yrs old.

ETA: a side view of your puppy standing makes it easier to judge weight.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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these are the best side views i have
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 02:00 AM
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Nice looking pup.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 09:56 AM
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OMG, what a face!!!
Your pup looks good. Vet can confirm if you pup is a good weight. He'll go through the long legged lanky stage and then around 2ish start filling out to his majestic adult self. You should be able to feel his ribs under his skin, see a tuck under his belly and his hips shouldn't stick out, in general. My boy didn't put on his full weight until he was over 2 so he was always a bit skinny. He is still slim now even though his weight is at the upper end of the standard scale.

By the way, I see more charts about standards measured in height and length than weight. Weight can be tricky.

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Lovely puppy! Such an awesome happy face I think that many ask if their puppies are too skinny (myself included!). I found that this image posted by Sebrench in an August post to be very helpful.

Being a Montrealer, I also approve of your collar choice
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VERY nice looking pup. Great face and great posture. He looks perfect in terms of how he is carrying the weight. My guy is a week shy of 5 months. He is in his mid 50's lbs. I think at this stage, it is hard to project, but as someone mentioned, your best barometer is the sire and dam and how big they are as adults. From 3-6 months, they seem to gain weight at a steady calculated pace and then it will slow, stop and start. My guy was good for 3lbs a week and still is, but I expect that to slow. Their body's also begin to take on that GSD stance and they get leaner to the eye. Everyone I know (experienced dog people) look at my guys paws and proclaim he is going to be over 100 lbs. I am not so sure and I am not counting on it, nor do I want him to be over 100lbs. He might, but his dad is 85lbs and his mom is in the 70's, so it's hard to imagine he will be 20 lbs heavier than his Dad. People always focus on the paws, I wonder how much truth there is to it?

Here is a recent picture, you can kind of tell how big his mitts are.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-27-2019, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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these are pics of him today!!!!!! i love how he is all black but just recently i found the backs of his front legs there is tan coming in he always had tan between his toes but it seems to be more noticeable lately and on his hind legs i see some tan hairs starting to come through does anyone know why that is will it stay and become more defined or will it fade he is just shy of 6 months old and the vet told me he is an all black shepherd and wont get color so who knows
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