If you are wondering how big a German Shepherd is, you should know that German Shepherd are generally considered a large breed of dog on average..
But, there are factors that can determine how big an individual GSD will get.
Genetics/DNA is the main one, and this can lead to either bigger or small German Shepherd variations that what is normal.
Let’s take a closer look at what we mean by that!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
German Shepherd Size: How Big Is A German Shepherd?
German Shepherd Puppy Size
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.
Some GSDs might not reach physical maturity later at around 3 years old.
A GSD ends up at around 70 times the size of its original birth height and weight.
Average Adult German Shepherd Size
German Shepherds are considered a large breed of dog.
Males average 60-65 cms (24-26 in) in height, and 30-40 kg (66-88 lb) in weight. Females average 55-60 cms (22-24 in), and 22-32 kg (49-71 lb).
You can read more about growth of Alsatian Dogs and Puppies in How Big Will My German Shepherd Get?
Sizes Of The Different German Shepherd Bloodlines
The different German Shepherd bloodlines have either not been maintained 100% over the years, or there has been been breeding between the lines to a significant extent.
However, when looking at the different lines from a general perspective of what they are suppose to look like, there are some obvious physical differences.
Show lines are bred for their appearance and show conformance.
The show lines tend to have narrower faces and narrower body proportions than the working lines. In some cases they may be slightly taller and longer, and weigh slightly less.
- West German Working Line German Shepherds
- East German/DDR Working Line German Shepherds
- Czech Working Line German Shepherds
The working lines are all quite similar physically – in particular the DDR and Czech Shepherds. They were bred to have thicker/denser bones, more muscle, thicker heads, bigger chests and an overall thicker appearance.
This emphasis on a working dog structure was because these lines were bred for real world working applications and sports and working dog title events.
It wouldn’t be surprising if some working line GSDs weighed slightly more than the show lines.
Miniature German Shepherd Size
Miniature German Shepherds are caused by either dwarfism, or by by cross breeding a German Shepherd with another smaller breed of dog.
In both cases, the actual size of the dog will vary, but they are usually much smaller than a purebred GSD.
Giant German Shepherd Size
Giant German Shepherds are German Shepherds who generally tend to have a family history of just being big dogs – so, Giant German Shepherds don’t technically have a size.
But, if we were to unofficially define them, they generally fit into the category of any dog over the weight of about 110 lbs.
We say this because Great Danes are considered a giant breed of dog, and they start at about the 110 lbs mark.
Size Of German Shepherd Cross Breeds
There are some cross breeds like the King Shepherd or the Shiloh Shepherd that some people mistake for German Shepherds.
Both these cross breeds are larger than an average GSD, and are considered their own breed or cross breed of dog separate to the GSD.
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