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I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work. She was only 44lbs at the time. She has a small frame and is well proportioned. She is definitely full grown, aged between 3-6. The vet says she's in very good health and that she is just a really small gsd... She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd. She is definitely pure bred!

Does anyone have an idea on why she is so small?

I attached a picture of her next to a large german shepherd.


I'd love to hear everyone thoughts and ideas on Maya :)

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Either not purebred, or very poorly bred. And since you have no idea where the dog originated from ("I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work") not sure how you concluded purebred.
 

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Purebred GSDs can be that small. It's not common, but it happens. The breed standard goes down to 22" and 48lbs as allowable for females and just as some dogs end up being larger than the standard allows, some can also be smaller. Though oversized is far more common than undersized.
 

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"She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd."

Bitches:
Height at withers: 55-60 cm
Weight: 22-32 kg


22Kg is 48.4 pounds.....lower end of the standard spectrum.

Not "tiny".


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Either not purebred, or very poorly bred. And since you have no idea where the dog originated from ("I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work") not sure how you concluded purebred.
That size is still within the standard, so not necessarily very poorly bred. I know a very nice female out of very nice lines who is 48 lbs. Both parents were on the low side of standard, but still within it.

That being said, it is hard to tell from the photos if she is a purebred or not. Either way, I wouldn't expect any special health issues.



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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever. :mad:
 

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I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work. She was only 44lbs at the time. She has a small frame and is well proportioned. She is definitely full grown, aged between 3-6. The vet says she's in very good health and that she is just a really small gsd... She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd. She is definitely pure bred!

Does anyone have an idea on why she is so small?

I attached a picture of her next to a large german shepherd.


I'd love to hear everyone thoughts and ideas on Maya :)

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The little rescue boy I have right now is also small, maybe 50-55 lbs., and he's that way because he was starved and consequently stunted when his breeder didn't sell the litter as fast as he thought he should. He doesn't know he's small, however, and is the bright spot in our house right now, he keeps us laughing. He also helps me take care of my sister, who has some disabilities. If I don't hear her call me at night, my boy hears her and wakes me up. We've had him about 10 months, and it's hard to imagine a time he wasn't with us.
 

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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever. :mad:
I'm in California and I see a lot more oversized GSDs here than small ones. I actually work with over 60 dogs daily and still haven't seen a GSD as small as Maya :)
 

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May I ask what part of the country?

The reason I ask is that I see dogs that look just like this, in this size, constantly in the shelter where I volunteer in Louisiana. In rescue, I've started jokingly referring to them as "Louisiana Liittles" (a/k/a "Cajun Shepherd Dogs") -- as I'm pretty sure someone (or multiple someones) out in the bayou here is breeding them tiny deliberately because they think it's clever. :mad:
Think they're breeding them pirogue size:laugh: ?
 
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