How can we tell the age of a GSD?

by Dusty's family

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We adopted a GSD from a rescue shelter. He was abandoned along the side of the road so he has no documented history. The shelter's paperwork has 2 birthdates: 5/11/07 and 7/11/05.

Is there a way we can tell whether this dog is 2 years old or 4 years old? Are their characteristics or other traits that help estimate an age? Thanks!

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Nov 23, 2009
How To Tell the Age of a GSD
by: Colleen

I learned recently that you can get an indication of age by the breast bone in a dog. Up to about the age of 3 the breast bone is still quite prominent and bone but after the age of 3 it tends to flattened out more and become broader. We're considering adopting a male long coat - age and background unknown - also a stray!

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