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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Chicago Canine] #100781
11/03/10 03:49 AM
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People think Isa is actually "smaller" then she is because she has light bone and small paws, she's 25.4'' and 70lbs. Akbar has huge paws and very big bone and people thought he would be in the 100's but he's only in the 80's, lol.


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: FunkyMonkeyJosie] #102294
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Originally Posted By: FunkyMonkeyJosie
Can GSD actually get 200 pounds?! i met a guy today that told me he has a GSD that weighs 200 pounds.


Before we physically saw the dog, Andrew's dad told us that his German Shepherd was 180 lbs. He was "way bigger than Grimm" which is a feat in itself. When we pulled up and saw the dog, he was only about 85-90 lbs. NOWHERE near 180 lbs.

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This is so true, I hear this alot when I have Palla. "She's awful small for a Shepherd." Then I have to tell them that GSD's aren't supposed to be big.
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Gidget weighs between 46 and 48 lbs, and I have people tell me what a cute little puppy she is.



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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SouthernThistle] #102398
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It's a beat the chest supersized culture issue. I have people all the time tell me their cousin, brother, redhead uncle's German Shepherd is 150lbs and that Morgan is small. It's very strange. Morgan is 63lbs, on the tall side of the standard for a bitch but she's willowy which apparently makes her look small. Otto is MAYBE an inch taller than she is which makes him average for a male. Nobody ever says Otto is small. People are weird. I smile and walk away. Or I tell them I'll never have another one that's too big and why.

BTW, my neighbor has a 160lb rottweiler. I take his word for it. The dog is colossal. Stands about 32" tall with a head the size of a basketball. He's fat too, so many rolls of fat when he sits you can't even see the rolls of fat on his hind legs because they merge. Dog has absolutely NO definition between ribcage and his butt. If he was 125, he'd still be ginormous but my neighbors not going to hear that until the poor dog can't walk up the stairs anymore.


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SunCzarina] #102644
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BTW, my neighbor has a 160lb rottweiler. I take his word for it. The dog is colossal. Stands about 32" tall with a head the size of a basketball. He's fat too, so many rolls of fat when he sits you can't even see the rolls of fat on his hind legs because they merge. Dog has absolutely NO definition between ribcage and his butt. If he was 125, he'd still be ginormous but my neighbors not going to hear that until the poor dog can't walk up the stairs anymore.


That's thoroughly depressing.

I'm sorry, a GSD should not be much more than 100 lbs. They are a medium/medium-large dog meant to be agile like crazy. People can tell me their 125 lber runs and jumps just as good as the small dogs but I'd like to see a dog that size handle an agility course like a dog half its size. Physics dictates it's just not going to happen and since this is a working breed that requires agility, people can justify the oversized sheps until they are blue in the face but it's still not right. Take it to a different breed or call it a pet.

And a general rant to pet owners everywhere: your dog is not cute when it resembles an overstuffed Boston Creme left out in the sun too long with a ponderous gait that alerts seismologists. Your dog may look happy but it will be positivel ecstatic when it can run and play without huffing and puffing and needing an antigravity sled. I can only imagine what a 200 lb shepherd might be like.... at the boarding kennel I worked at we had two dogs of the same owner that were easily TWO FEET WIDE when looking top down. Lab and golden. Poor things.

Okay can you tell I see way too many overweight/oversized pets? I'll get off my soapbox now. smile


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Diana] #102657
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I'm one of those people who likes SMALL German Shepherds!

Kira is 23 in and weighs 63 lbs, Grace is 35 in and weighs 68 lbs, Vigo is a growing boy at 55 lbs at 6 months...worried he will be a monster, but wish he would stop growing around 75-80 lbs.

200 lbs is CRAZY!


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Diana] #102855
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Originally Posted By: Diana



And a general rant to pet owners everywhere: your dog is not cute when it resembles an overstuffed Boston Creme left out in the sun too long with a ponderous gait that alerts seismologists.


This horse was posted on COTH recently. They call her "stout" and an "easy keeper:"



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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SouthernThistle] #102856
11/10/10 04:27 PM
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I think (and I am sure people will maybe not agree - and I am okay with that) that the owners of that poor pony should be reported to AC just as much as ones with the ribs and hips sticking out. I have struggled with my weight as an adult and know that it is much easier and healthier when I am thinner (at least I have Oprah!) than when I am heavier.

I saw a beautiful female GSD at the vet when I was with Nina once - she looked just like her - same size, but not same weight. Nina was 66# but looked bigger, this poor thing was 124# - I waited to go into the exam room until I saw what came up. Her owner was all proud. Made me sick.

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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN] #102858
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Wow...horses are not meant to be shaped like pigs. How very sad. I try to keep my guy on the thin side during the winter. It hurt me to watch him walk last year. He was so stiff. frown That poor pony is going to have so many problems later.

Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: LifeAsMe] #102864
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I bought a gelding once that was what I called Pig Fat. He was very docile when he was fat, I put him on a diet much to his dismay. I have to say he didn't like the diet plan and got pretty nasty for a while. But once the weight was off and I started working him and conditioning him, he found it was a lot easier to move and got pretty handy for a big horse. When I sold him and the buyer came to look at him he put on a pretty display of running and his agility. The owner asked 3 times what his age was and I had to show him the papers so he would believe me. He was 10 and acting like a 4 year old. I told him that the horse had spend most of his life being pig fat and when I trimmed the weight off of him he felt good and liked to move.


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #102878
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GRRRR. That horse in the photo is a Norwejian Fjord-- yes they are indeed easy keepers, but getting that weight off would be easy! Guess they want her placid for a child to ride. NOT fair at all!


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Braverhund] #102958
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The biggest GSD I have had was 29 inches tall and at his ideal weight for his build he weighed 99lbs.

Even at 120 he would have bene "hog fat".


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Braverhund] #102960
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Originally Posted By: Braverhund
GRRRR. That horse in the photo is a Norwejian Fjord-- yes they are indeed easy keepers, but getting that weight off would be easy! Guess they want her placid for a child to ride. NOT fair at all!


They are selling the horse as great for kids and such. Fjords are supposed to be shorter and stockier fellows - not tub o' lards frown I wonder if the Fjord got some weight off if he would be friskier. I've seen extremely emaciated horses sold as "perfect kids horse" only to have them gain weight (on a low protein diet) and be spitfires NOT suitable for kids.


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: SouthernThistle] #102973
11/10/10 10:36 PM
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Oh that poor horse!

I get a bit of a psycho rant going on in my head when I see little kids that are really heavy. It just sets them up to have weight issues as an adult, and I hate to see the deck being stacked against them, healthwise.

But it's almost worse when it's an animal, because they can't ever grow up and move out and get healthier.


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People with ribsy dogs often get turned it to AC. Hasn't happened to me, YET, but getting weight ON an animal is often much harder than taking it off.

I try to keep my critters in an ideal weight range, but I tend toward them being thinner rather than thicker because it is healthier.

However, when I have a dog who may be pregnant, and they put on weight because I feed them for pregnancy, and they turn out not to be pregnant. Getting that weight off them is easy. Relatively easy.

I guess I just do not see much of an excuse to let an animal that you care about be seriously overweight, but I can see dogs being underweight without there actually being overt neglect in the picture.


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Re: 200 pound GSD? [Re: Selzer] #103031
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I have never seen a fat horse. Holy bucket of WRONG. Poor thing!


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