My pretty GSD Jessie - 7 months and 65 pounds

by K Clark

Jessie at 6 months and 60 pounds

Jessie at 6 months and 60 pounds

My girl Jessie is 7 months old and larger than the average pup her age - male or female - and is a little larger than the average female that is a year old. Wow! The calculators I've found online guess she'll exceed 100 pounds. She's got a stocky build - not the long, sleek build I see on some GSDs. But she's not overweight. The vet says she's a healthy weight - and she is very active.

I have read GSDs tend to have hip issues. I'm concerned that she may be prone to health issues even more due to her large size. Has anyone out there experienced any health issues with their larger-than-average GSDs that appear to be related to their size?

If yes, when did they become noticeable? I want to be able to address any issues as soon as I become aware of them. I want her to live the longest, healthiest life she can!

Total German Shepherd: Hi K.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Jessie with us. She is gorgeous! Nice colors, marking and ears too.

If I were you I would just try your best to keep her on the slim side. Extra weight is very hard on the joints especially in larger breeds and the more active, and lighter she is, the better she will be when she gets a lot older.

Also, down the line when she is about 6 or so you can start giving her human grade glucosamine supplements and these work like a champ! But you still have a few years before she'll need those.

Continued success with her - she is one beautiful example of a female German Shepherd Dog.

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Oct 01, 2015
by: Allison hiby

My Shepherd seems smaller but seems to be getting bigger then I expected

Jan 10, 2014
Hip issues
by: Nathan

That is in the German Shepherd breed. There has been some inbreeding somewhere so it is a major issues. The best thing to do is give your GSD food with two things in it. Glucosamine and Chondroitin. I have found several different brands that have it. Blue Buffalo (it will be an orange bag), Organix, and Simply Nourish. All can be found at Petsmart I think. My wife and I are giving our 5 month old Blue Buffalo currently. But we are giving him the puppy of course. You want to start giving her the stuff with Glucosamine and Chondroitin starting between 1 and 2 years. I have a friend who is an athletic trainer who has 2 GSD who told me the hips really start to go at 2 months. He instructed me to start giving Dixon food with those two specific ingredients sometime between 1 and 2 years. But right now make sure there is good puppy food for healthy development. Hope that helps.

Aug 14, 2013
My pretty GSD Jessie - 7 months and 65 pounds
by: Linda Arnold - St Louis

Jessie is a Beautiful Shepherd! If she was my girl, I would try to get her weight down and not to exceed over 100lbs, depending on her frame maybe around 85lbs.

German Shepherds are an Amazing breed. They are Loyal, Trustworthy, Obedient and Protective. Just because she is a female don't think she is the weaker sex because she isn't, my Mia is so strong and protective; it's in the blood. Take care of your girl and she will take care of you!

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