The German Shepherd is a capable, loving and intelligent dog, who goes through different stages on the road to maturity. There are 5 distinct stages in their first year alone. Although, the long adolescent period, which ends the puppy years is highly individual, but most dogs mature somewhere before 3 years of age.
Do you have a German Shepherd puppy? If yes, you might be wondering whether your pup is growing and developing at the prime rate or not. When it comes to weight and height requirements, every dog breed is different.
It is very useful to see a German shepherd growth chart.
Before moving on, let me tell you clearly; do not get so caught up in these numbers. Most new puppy owners stick to these numbers and almost forget all other things about their dog’s growth. It almost becomes their passion to raise their new puppy, that they become obsessed with matching these numbers and ultimately become incredulous. Especially when their puppy does not exactly match these numbers.
So keep in mind:
RELAX! Because these numbers are just AVERAGES!
You will be just fine if you do not forget this rule. But getting fixated with the numbers of German Shepherd Growth Chart and thinking that your puppy must exactly match them, cannot completely make you happy because your puppy will never perfectly match these numbers.
But why? Just because the numbers on this chart are not absolutes, rather simple averages. You can consider it a basic tool to get an idea about the maturity of your puppy matures.
How to Use this chart?
There are 2 different charts, the blue one is for male German shepherds and the pink orange one is for female puppies. In the top row, you will find “Age (in months)” and “Weight (in lbs)” that are based on the GSD’s first year of life. There is another heading of “Total %” which demonstrates a figure based on the size proportions of German shepherd at 1 year of age.
The left side column is divided into 1 – 12 numbers, this column relates with puppies’ age (in months). You simply have to look down at the left column and find your puppy’s age in months. Now move towards the right side of that number, and check what the figures are based on according to the gender of your puppy.
These numbers will give you an estimate of what weight your puppy at this age in months should be. There is no reason to worry if your puppy does not match these figures perfectly. However, if you find a huge difference between both the actual and chart numbers, you are highly advised to contact your veterinarian for more advice. This checkup will be a good idea to see your puppy’s health and it will make sure there are no underlying causes.
When Do German Shepherds Stop Growing?
German Shepherds stop growing and reach their full physical size at around 2 years of age. However, at this age, they may not be done with hormonal changes.
Just like humans, dogs also go through different life stages i.e. infancy, childhood, adolescence, as well as adulthood. Until around 3 years of age, a German shepherd does not reach emotional maturity because this is when this dog is considered an adult.
For German shepherd owners, the time between 2nd and 3rd years of their dog’s life can be challenging because the dog enters sexual maturity at that time. Furthermore, behavior problems can emerge during this time. However, the dog is fully grown physically and mentally at 3 years of age.
Weight of German shepherds
The weight of a German shepherd puppy depends entirely on the sex and age of the dog. The average weight of a German shepherd male is under 10 pounds at 1 month of age, and a female weighs around 7pounds.
- A male puppy weighs 20 pounds on average at 2 months of age, whereas a female of this age weighs only 15 pounds.
- The average male puppy weighs over 40 pounds, but the female reaches around 35 pounds at 4 months of age.
- At the age of 1 year, male German Shepherds may reach 76 pounds of weight on average, and the females around 64 pounds.
- Until around 2.5 years of age, German Shepherds may not reach their full adult size.
According to AKC German Shepherd Standards, an adult German shepherd male is 24 to 26 inches tall; whereas the average height of an adult female German shepherd is 22 to 24 inches.
You should keep in mind that as a breed, German Shepherds do not just stop growing at 1 year of age. I personally don’t consider German Shepherds to be adult until the females are over 2 years old and males are between 2.5 to 3 years of age. However, it varies from the German Shepherd to German Shepherd, still it is a better starting place to keep in mind as their development can vary a lot from dog to dog.
Be aware that various factors can affect your puppy’s growth rate. Every puppy does not follow growth chart at an exact rate.
There can be various reasons for this. German shepherd growth charts may serve to alert that the dog should have a particular weight and height, etc. However, even the good dog owners may have underweight puppies. These charts can only aware us to check on common reasons for slow growth.
Most of the times, it comes down to diet changes. You should make sure that your puppy is eating regularly and s/he likes their food. Do not forget to consult with a vet regarding your dog’s conditions. In the meantime, be reassured that most puppies grow well when they are raised by a caring owner who spends lots of quality time with them and has a good relationship with a trusted vet.
So, compared to the aforementioned chart, how is your German shepherd puppy (growth-wise) doing? As I have said before, not all GSD puppies will develop the same way, but it can be so interesting to hear how others puppies are doing in comparison to our own.