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I recently bought a female German Shepherd who is a little more then 7 weeks old. She weighs around 6 to 7lbs and I am worried that she might be a dwarf. I saw both her parents, so I know that she is purebred, the father was a larger then average dog, while the mother was your standard dog (height and weight). I have attached the pictures, so please see and give your opinion.
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She's only 7wks old, I think she looks just fine, personally. What a cute little girl! And she's got a coat on her!! Beautiful. You have to remember that females are smaller than males-I think her weight is OK.
 

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You don't say what country you are in....

Most pups are 12-15 pounds at this age...the third photo looks a bit suspicious...head and coat are different on a dwarf

There is a blood test that will be able to tell - please take her to a vet and have blood drawn and sent in to tell for sure...I would not be surprised if she is a dwarf - and they are very cute...they will probably start her on a thyroid med if she is...

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My pup was 14-15 lbs when she came home at 8 weeks, but she's also large for a WL female. That does seem small to me, and she does look a bit like she could be a dwarf.

I agree with wolfstraum, I'd get her in for a blood test.

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I only saw two of her littermates, and see seemed the biggest and most active. I must admit there is some resemblance between the dwarf GSD in the video and the one I own.
 

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If there were THREE puppies in the litter and she was the largest and most active, I don't think she's a dwarf. Never heard of an entire litter of dwarfs.

She's just adorable..
 

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My boy was 9 1/2 pounds at eight weeks.
 

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My male was 9lbs at 8 weeks. He's perfectly healthy. Have the blood test done
 

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idk, but the video of that dwarf gsd, i think, is the cutest thing ive ever seen. Me and my wife want one now. Big GSD outside, mini gsd inside!
 

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Actually dwarfs usually do come in multiples in a litter....had a litter with 2 of them....it wasn't until they were 8-10 weeks that I really knew there was a problem...

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Actually dwarfs usually do come in multiples in a litter....had a litter with 2 of them....it wasn't until they were 8-10 weeks that I really knew there was a problem...

Lee
Ah ha- you know first hand! Very interesting. Do you have pics of them?
 

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My little girl was small at 7.5 weeks. Only weighing 7.6lb. (3.4kg) we had some trouble with her diet, and she didn't eat for 24 hours when she was 9 weeks old. She's 10.5 weeks old now and weighs 11lb. She's still a bit skinny. Perhaps get your pup to a vet and see if there's anything they can do to help with weight gain? Would be hard to see her actual body condition with all that fluff!!! :D here's my girl at 7.5 and at 10 weeks.
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In all honesty.. I can clearly see dwarfism. But I am no expert. Still a great little pup.


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Oh wow. Yeah. With the new pics you posted, I see it, too. But I'm also not an expert. Bring it to the vet to be sure. What an absolutely adorable pup, though!
 
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