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    My aunty lost her husband a few months back, and as they lived a very itinerant lifestyle (they have 3 properties that they live between) she decided to get a dog for company and security. They used to have a giant GSD cross and she would hear of no other breed. So she's found this bitch who's well-bred but at 18 months old has turned out too small to show. The breeder had her desexed, and after a few meetings with my aunty sold her the dog for $600 on the understanding that they have her back if it doesn't work out. It's working out. My Aunty is in love with this girl who has lovely manners already.

    Prob too much info, but I'm really happy for my Aunty that this is working out so well. My question is, how much would you expect a GSD to weigh? I know nothing about the breed, and I'm curious. Before she picked her up my Aunty told me she was 30kg. I was surprised that a bitch at 30kg is too small to show - Obviously these are bigger dogs than I thought. Or do you think my Aunty got it wrong? Here's a couple of pics of the lovely girl. Any comments would be much appreciated...

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    Last edited by dhru; 11-19-2013 at 05:47 AM.

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    The pup looks fine. A photo with her standing would give more of an idea of what she really looks like.

    A lot of breeders will keep pups out of the litter - what they see as the pick of the litter to to run on and see how they turn out.

    There could be a myriad of reasons why this pup was sold and not kept as part of the future breeding programme.

    Maybe weight was the easiest reason to give for the sale !

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    I'm not overly experienced with GSD's but i have met quite a few and am a long time admirer
    I would have assumed that anything from 30kg above would be normal for a GSD. My Aussie is 30kg and he's lean, so looking at him, if i saw a GSD that size i would have thought that is quite small for the breed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I think you will find that weight is more for the male - with the females slighter in weight.

    The standard for conformation for this breed as per ANKC:

    Australian National Kennel Council

    Sizes: Dogs:
    Height at withers: 60-65 cm
    Weight: 30-40 kg

    Bitches:
    Height at withers: 55-60 cm
    Weight: 22-32 kg
    The length of body is greater than the height at the withers by approximately 10-17%.

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    I had a beautiful long coated GSD 2 dogs ago. She was from an excellent breeder but not show quality, her weight was only 28 kilos (a bit too light) but she looked larger because of her coat. She was very fit and so clever. ( i miss her all over again now, RIP Maggie May )
    As with most breeds prone to hip problems it is better to keep them lean. Your Aunty's girl is a real beauty, I love how she is laid back so relaxed on that chair

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    Bernie (male) is 46kg. skinny as a rake coz i keep him that way.
    39kg is perfect for a lady one.
    she looks pretty, and your aunt is correct in giving her affections. They are fantastic 1 person dogs! not that im biased lol

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    Thanks guys, interesting. It seems that at 30kg she wouldn't be too small to show, so as RileyJ said, maybe it was for more reasons than that. Only now I've just read Bernies post - 39kg? wow, they are bigger dogs than I thought. I only have 2 other photos, neither of her standing, but I'll post them anyway. I haven't met her yet either, so I have no idea how she looks in real life, but I know she's had all the health screening done and has basic obedience training. All of these pics were taken the day after she brought her home, so she is very relaxed I thought, which is good. Thanks heaps for the responses guys.

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    Bernie is 2" too tall for conformation.
    Is larger 'just' than Brian, twice the size of a rottie. But he's long haired, that adds a good 6" illusion of size. Watered down, the look is similar to grey hound lol

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    What a beautiful girl and looks fine...My GSD Tara was 32 kgs nearly all her life...Chloe who is now 20 mths old is 31 kgs and I don't want her any heavier than this. My GSD boy Rex is 36 kgs and I don't want him any heavier especially now he's 11 yrs old...If they have a waist and you can't feel their ribs...they should be fine.
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