Love, love, love, the pics of Boomer and I specifically quoted Jim regarding the work, agility and how they run, and not focused on the weight. Weight doesn't matter :wink2:I'm sorry, but a GSD is a medium sized dog. I have only seen one GSD that was truly a lean, working machine at 100lbs. A national level IPO dog. If you can not see your dogs last two ribs, you have an overweight dog. If you can not run your fingers down your dog's side and feel each and every rib distinctly, your dog is FAT!!!!!. Fat and overweight dogs, especially GSD's are a big pet peeve of mine. If you look down at your dog and do not see a waistline, then your dog is overweight.
Here are some pics of Boomer, a very in shape GSD. He was 82lbs at his highest weight. I actually never weigh my dogs. I look at them every day and asses their weight and shape, I have no need to put them on a scale. Their weight is really not a factor and inconsequential to me. What is important to me is how well my dogs work, how fast they run, how long can they work for and how agile they are. Not how much they weigh. When I describe my dogs, I don't think their weight is even a topic of conversation.
Thank you for the nice comments on Boomer's pics.Love, love, love, the pics of Boomer and I specifically quoted Jim regarding the work, agility and how they run, and not focused on the weight. Weight doesn't matter :wink2:
Unfortunately, people struggle to take advice well enough to actually hear it.Thank you for the nice comments on Boomer's pics.
To be clear, I am not saying that every 100lb GSD is overweight. I'm sure there are some very nice, large GSD's with good working ability. I just believe they are the exception and not the norm. I love dogs and I really love GSD's and I hate to see a canine athlete that is allowed to become obese. I'm sure that there has never been a fat olympic sprinter or world class marathon runner. Too much weight on our dogs causes some severe health problems and the dog's are the victims. It is out of the dog's control to limit it's feeding and snacks. Too many people with good intentions wind up killing their dogs with their perceived kindness.
I was at a friends house last night that owns a female GSD. I haven't seen the dog in a couple of years and asked to see it. The dog was obese, fat as an Alabama tick. This beautiful 8 year old GSD that could barely move, waddled into the house. I told the owner as I glanced at the largest treat jar that I have ever seen, which was empty but the way, that the dog was obese. They replied "I know, we have her on a special kangaroo diet from the vet." (Vets know very little about dog nutrition or what a healthy in shape GSD should look like.) I said that diet must cost a fortune and I was told "yes, it does." Then the owners said "we have cut back her food, but she is still heavy?" I said "what about the treats, your treat bowl is empty!" The response was "she loves her treats. I'm definitely going to stop the treats with the next dog!" :surprise: "I said how about stopping the treats with this dog, she's not dead yet!" As I left my friend was petting his dog and said "she always looks so unhappy." He then pointed to the big bear skin rug of a dog laying on a dog bed and said " this is all she does." I couldn't leave fast enough, some people just don't get it and never will. At least they know their dog is obese, and are somewhat aware.
Regarding vets and a dog's weight, vets rarely see truly in shape dogs and will tell people with 95lb 9 month old GSD's that their dog is at a good weight. I suppose telling a client that their dog is fat is bad for business. :frown2: It is like calling some one's kid ugly. Vets also know little about nutrition and make a lot of money selling prescription diets. I am not trying to bash vets, if my dog is sick or injured that is where I go and rely on their expertise. For nutritional advice I go elsewhere. I feed raw and have never seen a fat raw fed dog. Boomer eats 2 1/2 lbs of meat a day and he is in excellent shape at almost 11 years old.
At 29", his weight is proportional to his frame. I fostered a dog that was that height and skinny at 102#. 112# would have been perfect for him.Some GSD's are just big. My Angus has just turned 3 in October and a recent trip to the vet for his checkup revealed that he was in perfect health. He is 112 lbs and 29 inches tall behind his shoulders. His abdomine is tucked up like it should be for a dog in good health. He runs all the time on the farm and is full of energy despite his owners lack of it! He wears me out!