Johanna, I prefer your Pipsqueak Ciara's size! It's well within breed standard, a great size/weight for anything endurance, and if necessary, you can still lift her up and carry her at least a short distance, and up and down the stairs when old. Feli weighed 55 lbs, perfect as far as I was concerned!
Weight may be one of the reasons why Malinois are so popular as working dogs these days. Elly is on the upper end of the breed standard with 69 lbs (max is 71 lbs (32 kg), min is 49 lbs (22 kg)).
Elly's mother is on the small side, 58 lbs at intake, a bit more now that she muscled up. Her father is a big boy.
Chip vom Dog Pound, border terrior, Director of Rodent Control, CGC
Elly von Rescue, GSD, CGC, HI(C)
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