|Barked: Tue Nov 20, '12 9:57am PST |
|Mulder is 75lbs ideal weight (he's put on a couple, I think at 78 right now, oops )
Ridley at 1 year is about 61 lbs, maybe 70-75 final weight.
My female growing up was about 55lbs.
Smaller dogs ARE out there, and are technically more correct to standard. 100lb+ dogs are NOT correct for the breed, despite the alarmingly large number of them. Personally, I see more over-sided dogs in the showlines (both American and European) than in other pedigrees. At the OB trial last weekend, I was absolutely floored by the size of some of the GSDs there... there was a 10 month old FEMALE that was nearly an inch taller and probably about 10 lbs larger than Mulder... 10 MONTHS! FEMALE! And she wasn't alone, several other females probably had about 1/2 inch on Mulder (who is between 25-26 inches, which is the HIGH end of the standard). Most of them were nice enough dogs, and the female puppy was actually very charming, but still... wow.
Perhaps not the most popular opinion, but I do truly believe that there is a GSD out there for everyone. If you (general you) have any brains at all and are willing to put in the early leg work that the breed requires, you CAN find a dog to match your lifestyle.
Even in the working lines, so long as you aren't looking at ultra-hard, balls-to-the-wall, spit in your eye piss on your grave Boban-type pedigrees, you can find a nice dog who is drivey yet stable, and who isn't specifically looking to push any boundaries.
Though for people who aren't specifically looking for a working or sport dog, a nice, MODERATE showline is a fine option and one that is worthy of some consideration.
They need an outlet, but not all of them NEED a job. So long as you keep them exercised, give them some mental challenge and keep up with their training (even if its just basic stuff), you can have a very happy, well adjusted dog.
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