How Big Do German Shepherds get? Well the answer is, it depends!
Genetics mainly, but also environment (what he/she eats, exercise type and regularity etc.) have a lot to do with it.
But, there are general breed guidelines as to how big most German Shepherds will get.
You can find that out here, in addition to growth rate, and how big an average GSD should be at each age.
How Big Does The Average German Shepherd Get?
A typical purebred adult GSD is 49-88 lb (22-40 kg) in weight, and 22-66 inches (55-65 cm) in height, depending on if its female or male.
Typical length is measured from the breastbone/chest to the base of the tail.
An adult GSD will have a length ratio of 10:8.5 with 10 being the length of the back, and 8.5 being the height of the front legs from the ground to the breastbone, looking side on at the dog.
While the above dimensions apply to the pure breed, mix breed GSDs and GSDs with dwarfism might range in size.
German Shepherd Puppy to Adult Growth Rate
A GSD puppy will usually double its birth weight in the first week.
When you get a GSD puppy at the standard age of 8 weeks or 2 months old, your puppy will be around 16-19 lb (7.5-9 kg).
A GSD will increase in size 5-10% monthly up until the age of about 1 year or 12 months. At this age, your GSD’s growth rate will slow rapidly until the age of about 18 to 24 months old when they reach physical maturity.
Interestingly, some the Eastern European GSD lines do not reach physical maturity until much later at around 3 years old, and their growth rate slows noticeably at 6 months. Although these lines are more rare.
A GSD ends up at around 70 times the size of its original birth height and weight.
Regular and daily exercise, and quality (vet approved) dog food is the best way to ensure your GSD grows at a natural rate and reaches a healthy size.
Being a large breed of dog, it is important you don’t overfeed your GSD if you want to prevent obesity.
How Can I Check If My GSD Is The Right Size by Age and Weight?
There is a site that makes super easy for you to check your GSD by weight and age as general guidelines.
PuppyChart.com has an easy to use chart where you plug in information, and you’re given weight estimates for the age of your GSD.
If you have concerns about size, weight or dimensions of your dog and you think it may be affecting their health – ask a vet for their opinion.
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