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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

My boyfriend and I were having this disagreement yesterday while walking Jerzey about when she would be considered an adult... I thought I had read that large breed dogs took up to 24 months to be considered true "adults?" Is this true? Or is it only 12 months?

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

Usually depend on lines but I was always told 3 years old

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

i think it depends on what you're using the information for.

for diet, i'd say 1yr (12 months)
for size and/or coat, i'd say 2yrs
for maturity... closer to 3yrs.

i also agree that certain lines take longer to mature. especially with males.

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

i was told 2 to 3 years is the right age to call them an "adult". that came from my breeder

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

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Originally Posted By: Camerafodderi think it depends on what you're using the information for.


for maturity... closer to 3yrs.

i also agree that certain lines take longer to mature. especially with males.
i agree with this! mikko, a male, is 3 years and 5 months old and is still a big puppy.

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

Jerzey is a working line female, if that helps!

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

Klytie is 8 now... we're still waiting! LOL...

It rather depends on what you mean by "adult". If you're expecting that they will mature into a quiet placid couch potato... then you probably didn't really want a working line pup with a lot of drive. Klytie is always ready for a game or a wrestle... with us, or with the other dogs... and I imagine she will be that way til she passes.

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Oh good! Schatzi will be one year old on Saturday and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to call her my pup-a-lup anymore...

I even got her a birthday cake (with her name on it) from Three Dog Bakery. I know, I know...


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Originally Posted By: Windwalker18Klytie is 8 now... we're still waiting! LOL...

It rather depends on what you mean by "adult". If you're expecting that they will mature into a quiet placid couch potato... then you probably didn't really want a working line pup with a lot of drive. Klytie is always ready for a game or a wrestle... with us, or with the other dogs... and I imagine she will be that way til she passes.
Oh, no. That's not what I mean... I guess I just make some excuses for her "puppy like" behavior (like not being perfect on the leash and chasing leaves when the wind blows) and try to say that she still has time before she'll be an "adult" and can be expected to behave like one... although, I don't really know what that even means. Haha.

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Originally Posted By: gsloreOh good! Schatzi will be one year old on Saturday and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to call her my pup-a-lup anymore...

I even got her a birthday cake (with her name on it) from Three Dog Bakery. I know, I know...
I plan on getting Jerzey a cake for her birthday next month too! So don't feel bad.

We also wanted to know when she would be an "adult" because John wants to start jogging with her and know that she needs to be an "adult" before he can do this... I guess I should have asked when he could start jogging with her but I also kinda wanted to prove that I was right.

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Re: When is a GSD considered an "adult?"

In our house a nickname like pup-a-lup would stick for life. They will always be your baby, just like a kid. The relationship matures, but it's always special.

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