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Piper recently turned 1, YAY! However, I get people asking me ALL THE TIME if she's like 4-6 months old. When I tell them that she's actually a year old, they're always like, "But she's so small, is she sick? What's wrong with her?" It's pretty disheartening if I'm being honest. (coupled with the fact that everyone thinks she's a collie, aussi, belgian, etc. and will fiercely argue with me on her breed) :(

I measured her just now and she's about 21" at the withers, and definitely still growing. I know this is close to breed standard, albeit at the lower end. As far as I know, though, she will continue growing for at least another month or so, and she hasn't gone into heat yet so there's definitely some development left to happen.

I think it's because around here people have enormous shepherds that are well out of the breed standard range. ~90-110lb is common to see.

I guess I'm just wondering if there are others here that get those kinds of questions often about their breed standard/lower end breed standard dogs and how do you respond?

Some pictures: (When she's standing right up against that red bull thing, her withers are right at the middle of the middle shelf piece which is ~21")
Does she look freakishly small to anyone else?

*** Images removed by ADMIN due to size ***

apologies for the bad quality. it's hard to catch her standing still.
 

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My puppy is 5 and a half months old and about 33 lbs, so I get comments like that all the time. She's about 20" at the withers. I actually had someone today ask me if she was a cat lol.

Your girl just looks like she's on the smaller side of the female spectrum. She's very pretty :)
 

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Thank you! I think she's very pretty too, especially now that her coat doesn't look ridiculous, lol.

I think at 5 months, Piper was probably about 14-15" at the withers. I had originally hoped she'd be on the large side, but I'd never owned one before and I'm actually glad that she's on the smaller side. Much easier to manage, and I can lift her if I need to.
 

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It's like people where you'll get one woman who is 5'0 ft tall and another who is 5'10 ft tall. It is what it is. I think she's a very pretty girl regardless of of how big or small she is :)
 

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Yes I got this ALLLL the time with Diesel who was 22" at the withers and 45lbs, people would argue too that she must not be pure bred because of how small she was... I just politely told them that she is pure that she is a female which tend to be smaller and she was the runt of the litter (not that has much to do with anything) but that would pacify them :) Your girl is beautiful!
 

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. :) Definitely reassuring that she's not some freakytinyruntdog.
 

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She is what she is, personally I think she's really cute! She will fill out a little bit yet, so she is not completely done growing. Mine is at the top of the standard, and sometimes it's a pain 'cause he's so dang heavy, it hurts when he steps on my toes! And when he's coming through, WATCH OUT! Someone in my neighborhood has a GSD x Golden who is the SWEETEST thing. She looks like a very small GSD, probably around 40 lbs and 9 months old with floppy ears and a longer silky coat. Your dog reminds me of her, and she is darling. Absolutely the sweetest thing EVER!
 

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She is only slightly below standard and is not done growing yet. GSD is not a giant breed - they are medium sized dogs. Don't let the super size crowd put a damper on things!

Do what I do when receiving unsolicited comments from the "experts" - smile, nod, roll eyes, and move on with life! :) ;)
 

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my girl is 35 lbs and 4 months + old... to me ( Roxy - mine) looks small when she's around other german shepherd puppies her age...but most of those have been male and I'm guessing most times the males are bigger. Her size doesn't mean diddly in her strength ..she can still pull me off guard when she spots something.
 

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My GSD was 35 lbs at 7 mths when I got her. She's just filled out to 55 lbs at 3 yrs. She was 49 lbs for the longest time. I've only had 1 person ask if she was a puppy still :). She would be a great agility GSD if I had that sport available here.
 

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Piper's a beautiful young lady, I'm sure you'll enjoy her even if she's tad below the AKC GSD breed standard height recommendation.

Slider's 24" and often I hear comments about how small he is for a male. My biggest boy was 30" which is way above the breed standard and I got comments about his size too. All the other Hooligan males have fallen in between the these two. My four girls have been about average.
 

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She is gorgeous and I think she is just fine!
She has nice markings from what I can see and I love her coat!
People are so used to see those "big boned" battleships roaming around, that they don't even realize that there are GSDs that are having a finer built.
Also, she is still going to grow. So, she might end up on the shorter side, but I rather admire a shorter GSD with a niec coat than a huge dog.
The other day I ran into a guy with a puppy that was 1 month younger than Q but already was heavier and taller than Q. The guy was bragging around that the parents were all around 120-130 Pounds. IMO not a GSD anymore...
That is the same guy that tried to examine Q's teeth before I could even push him away from my dog... *sigh*

I know how annoying those questions are though!
I had a Border Collie that was a little on the shorter side, which is something desired in Agility circles btw, but everybody thought I was having an over-sized Mini Aussie or a mutt.
Let them talk. Everybody is an expert in finding out breeds and telling you that your dog is not what you think it is, even if you had a genetic test done :p ... If I would get a buck every time somebody is breed-analyzing my dogs, I could easily feed a few more...

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I get that all the time.

My youngest female is just about 13 months old now. She's just a wee bit under 22.5" tall, and around 55-60lbs. Lower end of the spectrum, but still there. In my opinion, she represents the breed wonderfully.

Every time we bring Storm out..... "Oh she's so small!", "She's a GSD? She doesn't look big enough", "Are you sure she's pure?".... "Oh she's really tiny.... All the ones *I* have are over 90lbs"... and my personal favorite: "That's not pure... she's not the right color, and she's too small".... Honestly, a while back I used to argue with them. I used to tell them to read the GSD standards again and actually read what the breed is supposed to be before commenting on others dogs. But, it really isn't worth it. You can't cure stupid, and you can't educate those who don't want it. I just chuckle under my breath and say "alrighty then, have a wonderful day" and go about my business. It's because of the ignorance on the breed. Even those who own them here have no clue what they are supposed to look and act like. Bigger is better in their minds, and it's not a GSD unless it's a huge horse of a dog that tries to bite everyone's face off (oh Fido is just protective!). :rolleyes:
 

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She's a cutie! If her size is really a problem you can feel free to send her to me. I downsized after having 3 really big dogs who got older and needed help getting in and out of my truck. Rafi is about 60 pounds and 7 years old and people are always asking if he's a gsd puppy. :wild:

I say just love her small size and everyone else can enjoy their oversize dogs. :p
 

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She is HUGE! How can you afford to feed her? Does she take your children to school? When she wags her tail, does it knock down trees? Bet you never thought you would hear that.


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My Mirada is 3 years old, weighs 55 pounds, and is 22 1/4"

People do comment on her size, but mostly because they think she's cute. I get a lot more comments on my males....people think Strauss and Mahler are small. Both of them are oversized.

People think Loch is REALLY small (he's just BARELY 25").
 

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I thought I was looking at pictures of my Leontine at first. Seriously, they could be twins. I found Leo as a three month old stray, so I have no idea about her breeding or breeder. She is currently 17 months old, 22.5 inches tall, and weighs about 52 pounds. I get the "she's too small to be a German Shepherd" remark a lot, also.
 

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I get it all the time too with Maya, she´s on the small side and I get some people telling me she´s ´´too small for a german shepherd´´. and even worse than that are people argueing with me that she´s not a shepherd because of her color. Maya is a sable, and it´s CLEAR she is a sable GSD but i had a vet once tell me ´I think your dog is a mix, german shepherds are brown and black` I ignored his comment, don´t feel like educating people :p
but anyway. i´m small too so i´m glad she´s tiny =]
 

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A GSD is a medium sized dog. It could be made smaller through selective breeding to get it down to lapdog size like with Australian Shepherds and Border Collies.

No one has felt the need for it. If anything, some people seem to think the dog is TOO SMALL! :laugh:
 

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I completely understand how you feel when people say she is small, ask if she is sick, etc.

Our Jake had chronic digestive issues from the age of 3 – 11 months (he’s 17 months now and finally healthy!) and for quite some time he was underweight to the point that you could see his ribs. He’s also a very tall and short haired 75 lb black and silver GSD. So we got the ‘is he sick?’ question all the time when he was younger. Now we get the ‘is he a pure bred shepherd?” question all the time. We met both parents and they are pure GSD.

The way I look at it, not all humans are the same and not all dogs are the same. Love her for who she is and don’t worry about what others say. Now that our Jake is maturing he is an awesome dog with so much personality … we love him to death! He may not look like your typical shepherd, so he’s our unique shepherd J

Your girl is gorgeous by the way J
 
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