Why bold and red? Because I'm passionate about this subject and the fact that this is REAL and a major problem! If people realized they're hurting their dogs physically by keeping them plump, fat or overweight I feel it would reduce the incidence of disease and joint disorders drastically!!! People think of pain, hurting and physical abuse not the type of pain caused unintentionally or inadvertently by overfeeding your dogs right to the slow path of pain, suffering and illnesses. Directly causing many disorders that could have likely been prevented all together, delayed or symptoms lessened by managing your dogs weight! Please conscientiously think about what you're feeding your dog, how much you're feeding your dog and how much your dog weighs! 5lbs DOES make a difference!
 
Food intake is an environmental factor that DOES HAVE a profound effect on development of osteoarthritis (INCLUDING but not limited to HIP & ELBOW DYSPLASIA!) in dogs! Due to this we only guarantee our dogs to have good hips & elbow that certify with the SV at 1 year of age. Genetic dysplasia is usually seen by the time your puppy is 6 months to 1 year of age.

Due to the fact we have no control over the weight in which folks keep their dogs, we're unable to control the MAJOR environmental cause of Hip and Elbow Dysplasia! Dog obesity is at epidemic levels (IMO) and even keeping your dog 5lbs over-weight while growing (8 weeks to 2 years old) can and does have detrimental effects on its' joint development.

Luckily we spend much time educating folks on the proper weight of their dogs and on how to gauge if they're overweight and have had very few cases of HD or ED.

Generally speaking... This is referring to dogs that we breed from our breeding program and bloodlines...
 
Females will weigh around 50 - 60lbs at 1 year of age (MAX) We have owned many GSDS and have never had a female over 60lbs at 1 year of age. Your dog will not be it's full grown weight until 3 - 4 years of age. Grow them slow! There's no contest to have the heaviest weighing dog!!! Full grown the largest female (Lucy) we have ever owned weighs 76lbs and she's built not fat.
 
Lucy Below
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Hope (everyone thinks she's large but only weighs 66lbs but she's short and smaller)
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Males will weigh 60 - 75lbs (MAX) We have owned many GSDS and have never had a male over 72lbs at 1 year of age. Your dog will not be it's full grown weight until 3 - 4 years of age. Grow them slow! There's no contest to have the heaviest weighing dog!!! Full grown the largest male (Elvis) we have ever owned weighs 82lbs and he's built not fat.

 
Elvis Below
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Tazer whom everyone thinks is smaller than Elvis still weighs 80lbs , almost the same as Elvis. At 1 year Tazer was 56lbs!!!
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Here's a chart I created to help folks understand what a growing dog should look like from us if not fat or carrying a few extra pounds!
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