German Shepherd Weight Chart

What's the Weight Of Your German Shepherd Dog?

Guide For German Shepherds
How heavy is your German Shepherd and what weight should it be anyway? Well, weight is very important . 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 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.

Please note that the values given are approximate.
There will be variations depending on breed line and how a dog was nourished during it's early years

 Weight Guide Chart For Puppies and Adult German Shepherds
Age (Months) Weight Of Male (Kg) Weight Of Male (Pounds) Weight Of Female (Kg) Weight Of Female (Pounds)
1 4.2 9.3 3.2 7.1
2 9.0 16.9 7.5 16.5
3 14.0 30.6 12.0 26.5
4 19.1 42.1 16.5 36.4
5 22.8 50.3 20.0 44.0
6 26.0 57.3 22.5 49.6
7 28.5 62.8 24.5 54.0
8 30.0 66.0 26.0 57.3
9 31.5 69.5 27.0 59.5
10 32.6 72 28.0 61.7
11 33.7 74.3 28.6 63.1


34.5 76.1 29.1 64.2
18 36 79.4 29.1 64.2


37 81.6 29.5 65.1
Adult Dogs 38 83.8 30 66.2

 Weighing Your Dog
This task will always be difficult at home. With a puppy, you can usually weigh it on the bathroom scales by hold ing the puppy and stepping on to the scales to take a reading. Then weigh yourself separately, so that by subtracting your weight from the combined weight you will have your dog's weight.

With an adult 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.
  3. THIN
    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.
  5. IDEAL
    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 tuck apparent.
  7. HEAVY
    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.
  8. OBESE 
    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
           variations depending on the breed and how a dog was nourished during
                            it's early years and individual characteristics.

German Shepherd Daily Feeding Guide:

For an adult dog it's weight is usually between 25-45kg: This means a daily food intake of between 335gm and 650gm per day. Although some people feed this amount to their German Shepherd once per day, we prefer feeding the total amount in two separate feeds per day.

Puppies need to be treated differently as they become weaned and progress through their various growth stages.

Any money you save by feeding your German Shepherd "Cheap and Nasty" will eventually be swallowed up by additional vet's bills

A good basis for feeding an adult dog is to start with 70% dry food (such as Kibble) and 25% wet food (tinned dog food) and 5% a few lettuce leaves or other greens. See our book about safe foods and dangerous foods for dogs.

If you decide to change any part of your dog's diet, do it over at least 10 days, gradually reducing the amount of the food you are giving up and replacing it with the new food.

If you use treats as a reward when training your dog, remember to reduce the total amount of the set meals to compensate.

Do not feed your German Shepherd within an hour of taking it for exercise, and do not feed your German Shepherd within an hour of finishing exercise

Please ensure that fresh clean drinking water is always available "24/7".


Finally, if you have any worries about your Dog's diet, sickness or diarrhoea please consult your vet immediately.



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