|Barked: Mon Jun 18, '12 10:42am PST |
|Our herding instructor has a female that's 21 inches and 55 lbs. She always looks tiny to me, but she's just an inch short of being within standard for a female. And the dog is from working lines and does work, so function is more important in her case anyway.
Like Lilith, most of the Shepherds I see are above, sometimes way above, standard. I've been asked if Onyx was a miniature German Shepherd and he's not even undersized compared to the standard, just compared to the majority of Shepherds around here.
But as has been mentioned, a GSD can be as large or small as someone wants to breed it. If the dog is in a shelter now, it may have received poor nutrition while growing that could have contribute to its small size. And like Lucille said, it could be possible the dog isn't fully grown yet.
Edited by author Mon Jun 18, '12 10:52am PST
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