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#98897 - 10/28/10 07:09 AM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: mjbgsd]
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How big do Shiloh Shepherds get? Maybe he has one of those...

When Niko was a puppy, his kindergarten "teacher" said that looking at his paws, he was going to weigh 120 lbs when he grew up.

As it turns out, he's about 80 lbs.

I think you guys are right, people's perception of weight can be really skewed sometimes.
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#98949 - 10/28/10 10:35 AM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Good_Karma]
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The "big paws = big dogs" thing:

Greyhounds have tiny paws and grow to be TALL dogs. Bassett Hounds have HUGE paws, and grow to be short dogs.

Big paws have little to do with height. Big paws rather usually just indicate that the dog will have thick, solid bone as opposed to being a fineboned animal.
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#99044 - 10/28/10 02:39 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Braverhund]
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Yup, I was told that he was going to be well over 100lbs and at 18.5 months, he's just hitting the scales at 80lbs. Stark has a thicker, more solid bone than what most around here are use too so they think that because he is "thicker" he will be "bigger" which obviously is not the case.

Ex. Stark at 14 weeks.

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#99048 - 10/28/10 02:45 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: elisabeth]
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I hate the big paws thing! Emma has some massive paws. But she is just really thick boned. Add in the fur since she's a coatie and people think she's massive when she's around 70 right now lol.

I agree that people have a very skewed perception of weight in dogs. They look at an 80 lb dog and it must be well over 100... Then add in the bragging of bigger is better and you get a 200 lb GSD.
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#99379 - 10/29/10 02:48 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Lin]
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Even Shiloh Shepherds would probably have to be obese to weigh 200 pounds.
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#100781 - 11/02/10 11:49 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Chicago Canine]
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People think Isa is actually "smaller" then she is because she has light bone and small paws, she's 25.4'' and 70lbs. Akbar has huge paws and very big bone and people thought he would be in the 100's but he's only in the 80's, lol.
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#102294 - 11/08/10 02:13 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: FunkyMonkeyJosie]
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Originally Posted By: FunkyMonkeyJosie
Can GSD actually get 200 pounds?! i met a guy today that told me he has a GSD that weighs 200 pounds.


Before we physically saw the dog, Andrew's dad told us that his German Shepherd was 180 lbs. He was "way bigger than Grimm" which is a feat in itself. When we pulled up and saw the dog, he was only about 85-90 lbs. NOWHERE near 180 lbs.

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This is so true, I hear this alot when I have Palla. "She's awful small for a Shepherd." Then I have to tell them that GSD's aren't supposed to be big.
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Gidget weighs between 46 and 48 lbs, and I have people tell me what a cute little puppy she is.

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#102398 - 11/08/10 10:24 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SouthernThistle]
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It's a beat the chest supersized culture issue. I have people all the time tell me their cousin, brother, redhead uncle's German Shepherd is 150lbs and that Morgan is small. It's very strange. Morgan is 63lbs, on the tall side of the standard for a bitch but she's willowy which apparently makes her look small. Otto is MAYBE an inch taller than she is which makes him average for a male. Nobody ever says Otto is small. People are weird. I smile and walk away. Or I tell them I'll never have another one that's too big and why.

BTW, my neighbor has a 160lb rottweiler. I take his word for it. The dog is colossal. Stands about 32" tall with a head the size of a basketball. He's fat too, so many rolls of fat when he sits you can't even see the rolls of fat on his hind legs because they merge. Dog has absolutely NO definition between ribcage and his butt. If he was 125, he'd still be ginormous but my neighbors not going to hear that until the poor dog can't walk up the stairs anymore.
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#102644 - 11/09/10 07:30 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SunCzarina]
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BTW, my neighbor has a 160lb rottweiler. I take his word for it. The dog is colossal. Stands about 32" tall with a head the size of a basketball. He's fat too, so many rolls of fat when he sits you can't even see the rolls of fat on his hind legs because they merge. Dog has absolutely NO definition between ribcage and his butt. If he was 125, he'd still be ginormous but my neighbors not going to hear that until the poor dog can't walk up the stairs anymore.


That's thoroughly depressing.

I'm sorry, a GSD should not be much more than 100 lbs. They are a medium/medium-large dog meant to be agile like crazy. People can tell me their 125 lber runs and jumps just as good as the small dogs but I'd like to see a dog that size handle an agility course like a dog half its size. Physics dictates it's just not going to happen and since this is a working breed that requires agility, people can justify the oversized sheps until they are blue in the face but it's still not right. Take it to a different breed or call it a pet.

And a general rant to pet owners everywhere: your dog is not cute when it resembles an overstuffed Boston Creme left out in the sun too long with a ponderous gait that alerts seismologists. Your dog may look happy but it will be positivel ecstatic when it can run and play without huffing and puffing and needing an antigravity sled. I can only imagine what a 200 lb shepherd might be like.... at the boarding kennel I worked at we had two dogs of the same owner that were easily TWO FEET WIDE when looking top down. Lab and golden. Poor things.

Okay can you tell I see way too many overweight/oversized pets? I'll get off my soapbox now. smile
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#102657 - 11/09/10 08:32 PM Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Diana]
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I'm one of those people who likes SMALL German Shepherds!

Kira is 23 in and weighs 63 lbs, Grace is 35 in and weighs 68 lbs, Vigo is a growing boy at 55 lbs at 6 months...worried he will be a monster, but wish he would stop growing around 75-80 lbs.

200 lbs is CRAZY!
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