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Hello everyone, I am not new to this site but I have been lurking for awhile.
I live in Central Africa and last November I purchased 2 GSD puppies...their purpose is to be family dogs that double as watch dogs.

One of the puppies is growing nicely and I have no complaints about; the female on the other hand is quite small for her age.
I have been worming them regularly according to the dosage recommended on the package only to be told today that because the worm medicine is weak you have to, in fact, double the dosage to get proper results.
I am planning on following this advice; my question is this...does this female puppy have a chance to reach her full potential in height and weight or is she permanently stunted because of the worm load.

She is seven months old, weight 13 kg and height is 20 inches at the shoulder.
I feed her twice a day something similar to Italian Polenta with a stew of minced meat and vegetables...she also gets raw egg (with shell) a couple times a week.

I might add that her parents are nice average sized shepherds.

This is her picture taken a few minutes ago.
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She looks much younger that 7 months. And she is under weight.
Can you feed her a quality grain-free food, that should help her gain...
How big is her brother?
 

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Actually, oats and rice would help her to put on weight, because the grain slows down digestion process, grain-free meals are for the dogs who are overweight.
Probably, worming tablets have poisoned her liver. So, the grain would be even necessary, as it helps in detoxication. Just avoid giving her fat, remove it from meat; chicken is a good stuff for her, easy for her liver to metabolize..
She looks small because she is underweight.
 

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It is normal for females to be smaller than males. At 13 kgs (29 lbs), she is smaller than normal for her age, though some females only get to be about 21 inches and 50 lbs (22kgs) full grown.

She may just be a small female.
 

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Thanks to the fast replies.

Pooky44: I tried feeding them normal kibble when I first got them, the problem is that is bad quality stuff and veeerrryyy expensive, on top of that they refused to eat any more than a couple of mouthfuls a day. That is why I started cooking for them. You just cant get good dog food in this country.

Her brother is 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs 25 kg.
According to the chart I found on this sight that seems to be just about right. Their parents were average so I do not expect them to be huge dogs.

David Taggart: Thank you for the advice, I will be switching her to rice and I will see what I can do about getting chicken meat for her. Thanks for the tip on removing the fat, I had been adding a couple small pieces of pork fat to their stew.
At the moment I am feeding her twice a day, do you think I should start feeding her three times?

Castlemaid: I hope that is what it is. I will try switching the food I make for her and see if she gains some weight.

Here are two more pics of them. I am sorry for the bad quality
Her brother is the one standing up in the first photo, and she is the smaller one in the second photo.

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I am assuming that where you live in Central Africa, that you have easier access to farm chickens? Perhaps even abbatoirs?
There is a section in this forum on raw feeding. Many GSD owners have had positive experiences with raw fed dogs.
There are also threads in the nutrition section about putting weight on dogs including recipes. Your female does look underweight. If your dog does not have worms or a medical condition it should be fairly easy to put weight on her just by increasing her food intake whatever you are feeding.
Do you feed your dogs together? Sometimes, the bigger dog will muscle the weaker dog away from her food bowl.
 

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Actually, grains take less time to digest than protein or fat. Protein is essential for building muscle and fat is important for long lasting energy. Grains, carbohydrates go through the system more quickly and if they are high fiber can take some of the benefits of the protein and fat with them.
The best thing to do is to get your information from experts (not here). There is plenty available online.
 
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