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This is my first time posting here, so forgive me if I'm breaking rules or seem like an idiot. Right now, I feel like one!

Ok, We have our sweet Charlie. We got him at 8 weeks old, we were told by the people we got him from that he was a full blooded GSD. I don't know if it's true, it really doesn't make a difference if he is or isn't. Anyways, today a friend of mine was over and asked 1. if he was 6 months old or so (he's like a year old almost) and 2. if he was a tervuren/gsd mix.

Our vet said he was gsd, but now I'm questioning it.

I'd love to post a picture but I have NO clue how!
 

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This is my first time posting here, so forgive me if I'm breaking rules or seem like an idiot. Right now, I feel like one!

Ok, We have our sweet Charlie. We got him at 8 weeks old, we were told by the people we got him from that he was a full blooded GSD. I don't know if it's true, it really doesn't make a difference if he is or isn't. Anyways, today a friend of mine was over and asked 1. if he was 6 months old or so (he's like a year old almost) and 2. if he was a tervuren/gsd mix.

Our vet said he was gsd, but now I'm questioning it.

I'd love to post a picture but I have NO clue how!
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Chances are he is a long-coated GSD. Teruvens are pretty rare in North America, so not that likely that one was running around and happened to mate with a GSD.

Did you see the mother or the father when you got your pup?
 

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Stosh is long coated, black and red. Lots of people ask if he's a gsd/Tevuren mix or Belgian shepherd. There were 2 long coated pups out of a litter of 5.
 

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Ok, here are pictures of him from the other day. She said his legs were really long and he was skinny and looked like he was definetly mixed.

And...We have done everything to make that boy gain weight! He is healthy, eats great, gets lots of exercise, but stays skinny. I don't get it!

What do you think?
 

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I should add...I really don't know much about dogs. I know we love our Charlie, but that's about it! I go strictly off what the vet says, in most cases.

Thanks for the replies. I *think* I've got the picture thing figured out now! Go me! tehehehe
 

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he looks like a long legged german shepherd to me:)) I see no tervuren at all. Sometimes it takes longer for males to mature and fill out..
 

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I agree with Diane he does have some really long legs to grow into but he looks all German Shepherd to me
 

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Is that his spine that looks wavy or his fur in the photo?

He is definitely all GSD...don't know why someone would think he's mixed with terv.
 

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yes. he was neutered at about 6 months old.
Ah. That can lead to a leaner, leggier look.

If his hipbones or spine stick out or if you can see more than the back 2 or 3 ribs you might try adding some fat to his diet in the form of peanut butter or healthy oils. He'll thicken up a bit as he ages but he'll probably always be a bit lankier than he would if you had waited until maturity to neuter. I'm not scolding or bashing you-- good for you for listening to your vet and doing the responsible thing, but dogs neutered that young do tend to hang on to the adolescent look.
 

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It's his fur. It's really thick along his spine and wavy too.

How much should I feed him? He gets like 2cups in the mid morning and 2 in the evening.
 

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How much should I feed him? He gets like 2cups in the mid morning and 2 in the evening.
Depends on what you're feeding and how many kcalories per cup it has. If his body condition is good, he's active and has lots of energy, and is neither fat nor bony, chances are you're feeding him the right amount. :)
 

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Hmm, he gets Kibbles n Bits or Member's Mark Exceed. Not the best, I know, but right now it's all I can afford. ** Where's the embarrassed smiley face, when you need one?**
 

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I agree- I think since he was neutered young he may have a longer, leggier look but I think he's definitely 100% shepherd :)

I know I've seen male dogs go through growth spurts where they get longer legs, leaner, etc so it may just be that but I think he looks great - a little thin but that's easy enough to fix.
 

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Do you have a Cosco anywhere near where you live?
Kibbles & Bits can actually be a little more "costly" in price than Kirkland Premium Dog Food....and not nearly as good.
Most people that have used Kirkland...like it.
 
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