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Tips and other useful information
to help you to train and care for your German Shepherd.
Guide For German Shepherds
The following information is for any breed of dog but if you look
at the column for a "Large Dog" it gives the information
relevant to a German Shepherd.
How heavy is your dog and what weight should it be anyway? Well,
weight is very important but the breed of dog obviously makes
a difference. We need to know a puppy's weight so as a to get
an idea if it is feeding properly and doing well. We need to know
an adult dog's weight to ensure that it stays healthy and that
we are feeding it a correct balanced diet - and not too little
or not too much.
The chart below
gives an idea of the adult weight of a dog classified by the rough
designation of toy/small/medium/ large etc. (Actually this is
a bit crude and you will get a more accurate result by contacting
the breed society for your particular dog) The bottom row indicates
the average weight an adult dog should achieve and the vertical
columns indicate the expected weight gain of a puppy during it's
first eighteen months of life.
Weight Guide Chart For Puppies and Adult
Age Of Dog
Very small Dog
4 weeks of Age
8 weeks of Age
12 weeks of Age
2 lb 13 oz
4 lb 3 oz
7 lb 8 oz
4 months old
1 lb 5 oz
2 lb 9 oz
3 lb 14 oz
4 lb 13 oz
10 lb 8 oz
5 months old
1 lb 9 oz
3 lb 1 oz
4 lb 11 oz
5 lb 2oz
6 months old
1 lb 13 oz
3 lb 5 oz
5 lb 8 oz
7 months old
1 lb 13 oz
3 lb 8oz
5 lb 5oz
6 lb 8 oz
15 lb 8 oz
8 months old
1 lb 14 oz
3 lb 10oz
5 lb 9oz
1 lb 14 oz
3 lb 12oz
5 lb 11oz
7 lb 10oz
18 lb 4oz
1 lb 15 oz
3 lb 13oz
5 lb 13oz
8 lb 2oz
1 lb 15 oz
3 lb 14oz
5 lb 14oz
8 lb 14 oz
19 lb 10oz
3 lb 15oz
5 lb 15oz
9 lb 12oz
18 months old and
Weighing Your Dog This task will always be difficult at home. With a small
dog you can usually weigh it on a household scale. With a medium
dog you can hold the dog whilst you step onto the bathroom scales,
then weigh yourself separately, then subtracting your weight
from the combined weight will give your dog's weight. With a
large dog such as a German Shepherd, you may need to visit the
local vet who will have a suitable scale and will be happy to
weigh your dog - usually for free.
In addition to physically weighing a dog you can get some idea
as to weight but comparing your dog's appearance with the chart
below. Again this is only a judgement and ideally this is something
a vet will do during routine examinations, however the chart
is a useful guide to show if anything is starting to go wrong.
chart and information courtesy
of Ralston Purina
Evaluating your dog's Condition
How skinny is "pretty skinny"?
How heavy is "not as thin as he should be"? The
Purina body condition system provides a uniform way to describe
a pet's weight, from "emaciated" to "grossly obese"
Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and any bony prominence
evident from a distance. No discernable body fat.
Obvious loss of muscle mass.
Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible.
No palpable fat. Some evidence of other bony prominence.
Minimal loss of muscle mass.
Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat.
Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming
prominent. Obvious waist and abdominal tuck
Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist
easily noted, viewed form above. Abdominal tuck evident.
Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed
behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked when
viewed from the side.
Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is
discernable viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal
Ribs palpable with difficulty, heavy fat cover. Noticeable
fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent
or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be absent.
Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover, or palpable only with
significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar
area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal
tuck. Obvious abdominal distension may be present.
Generally as above (8) but dog has difficulty moving about -
it waddles rather than walks and it gets out of breath with
very little movement. This condition is very serious and
urgent action is called for.
Please note that all the values given
above are approximate. There will be
on the breed and how a dog was nourished during
early years and individual characteristics.
and Toy dogs 5-12kg: 170-225gm
Medium Breeds 12-25kg: 225-335gm
Large Breeds 25-45kg: 335-650gm
Giant Breeds 45-70kg: 650-1100gm.
ensure that fresh clean drinking water is always