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8 month update. His had a massive growth spurt. Measuring 24.5 inch and weighing 70 pound.
Starting to develop a very muscular body
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9 month update.
Standing 25inch at 75 pound
He is a big bodied male but not very tall.
Will be entering his first dog show soon.

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your first stack was the best
the last two make him look very bunched up which makes his butt tucked and hard to critique
i also like his dark rich colors
he could use more tuck or it might be how he is standing
his pasterns have come up but could be a bit more upright i think
thats about all i got :eek:
 

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Thanks. The first stack was done by a gsd show trainer so he knows what his doing a lot better than I do.
Here is a couple more I tried just now however I think I may have gone backwards ImageUploadedByPG Free1411628011.697931.jpg ImageUploadedByPG Free1411628030.294675.jpg

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9 month update.
Standing 25inch at 75 pound
He is a big bodied male but not very tall.

25" is actually right near the max end of the standard, so it seems as though your boy is in fact tall. Any taller and he will be outside of the breed standard. Looks as if his weight is nearly perfect as well, but at only 9 months, he will probably end up weighing more when he is done growing.


The German Shepherd Dog is a medium-size, slightly stretched, strong, and well muscled, with the “bone” dry and firm in the over-all construction.


Males:
  • Height at the wither 60 cm to 65 cm (23.62 inches - 25.59 inches)
  • Weight 30 kg to 40 kg. (66.14 pounds - 88.18 pounds; Midrange = 77 pounds)
 

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I know. It's just all the gsd I see these days seem to be so oversize he just looks on the smaller end
 

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I know. It's just all the gsd I see these days seem to be so oversize he just looks on the smaller end
Your boy is certainly handsome. I love GSDs that are mostly black. And yeah, I have 2 oversized GSDs and constantly get the "she's so small for a GSD" or "my boy is bigger than your boy, and mine is only 6 months old and still growing." Drives me crazy. My girl is 6 years old, 25" and 76 lbs (max end of the standard is 24" and 70 lbs for the ladies), and my boy is 2.5 years old, 26" and 90 lbs. I've become the "breed standard size police" now. Haha!

When I was a new GSD owner, and I'll admit it, I was "that guy" who wanted a HUGE oversized GSD. After coming on here and educating myself, I now side with the "within breed standard is better" logic, understanding the overall benefits for health, longevity, and working ability that come with a smaller or average sized dog. Now I try to help educate others, just like those old timers on this board helped to educate me when I was a newbie.

Here's my pack of larger than life pups:

 

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Wanted to add:

I think what we're seeing is a lot of the American GSDs who are oversized, and of course that would make sense as we both live in America! I know from researching my #1 fav breed Dobermans (American vs European) and later GSDs (same comparison) was the Euros are usually "smaller" (aka: within breed standard!) and more compact and a lot more muscular, solid and sturdy, whereas the American lines were oversized, longer, lankier, etc. In both breeds, I prefer the Euro look over the American look.

My female GSD is West German show lines (from Ursus von Batu), and my boy is West German mixed with British lines. Also, from my experience, the Euros have been more black and red and the American lines have been mostly black and tan (usually a light tan). At least that's what I've witnessed from all of the GSDs I see when out in public since owning my dogs and paying more attentin to other people's dogs. Ha!
 

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A couple photos.
His starting to look less like a puppy which makes me sad.
His growing into a masculine young man
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