How to Know if Your German Shepherds Are Overweight

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If you’ve had your German shepherds since they where pups, then you know full well the growth explosion that occurs.

Some days, it can feel like your beautiful, intelligent fur baby is turning into the Hulk, growing before your eyes.

A healthy newborn large breed German shepherd pup will usually double its birth weight in the first week of its life.

Some German shepherds mature slowly. In general, a German shepherd usually reaches physical adulthood at one and a half to two years of age. Their average weight range is between 48 and 71 pounds. Many variables go into this, so read on to make sure you’re gaining a holistic view of your dog’s weight.

These numbers are averages and not set in stone. Your dog is organic and made of cells that are continually moving and growing.

These are the average weights for full-grown German shepherds:

  • Male: 30 to 40 kg. (66 to 88 pounds)
  • Female: 22 to 32 kg. (48.5 to 70.5 pounds)
Are Your German Shepherds Overweight?

Letting your German shepherds become overweight can lead to dramatic health problems, such as:

  • Illnesses
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Debilitating problems and early death
  • Arthritis
  • Joint problems
  • Diabetes
  • Reduced fertility
  • Heart disease
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weight is a super-essential indicator of the health of your German Shepherd dogs. Weight gives you a gauge of if feeding is healthy for growth and if that feeding is in the correct balance.
What is the Standard Weight for German Shepherd Dogs?

A healthy large-breed puppy will double her birth weight during the first week, and German Shepherd dogs usually reach physical maturity at 18-24 months.

There’s a standard for weight for your German Shepherd dogs; although it could be debated, let’s say it’s approximately between 66 to 88 pounds depending on many variables.

Weight Numbers are Only Averages

As a breed, German Shepherd dogs don’t stop growing at one year of age. German Shepherd dogs are more likely to be adults when males are 2 1/2 – 3 years of age and when females are over 2 years old. Again, this varies based on the German Shepherd dogs’ development.

Evaluating your German Shepherd Dog’s Condition

Work down this German Shepherd dog’s body condition system to gain an idea of your dog’s current weight.

  • EMACIATED – This is where the dog’s ribs, lumbar vertebrae, and pelvic bones and any bony prominence are visible from a distance. There’s no discernible body fat with a noticeable loss of muscle mass.
  • VERY THIN – This is where the ribs, lumbar vertebrae, and pelvic bones are easily visible. There’s no fat to touch with a minimal loss of muscle mass.
  • THIN – This is where the ribs are easy to touch with no visual fat. The tops of the lumbar vertebrae are visible, and the pelvic bones are prominent.
  • UNDERWEIGHT – This is where the ribs are easy to touch with minimal fat covering them. The waist is easy to view, and an abdominal tuck is visible.
  • IDEAL – This is where the ribs are easy to touch without excess fat. The waist is visible from behind the ribs when viewed from above. From the side, an abdominal tuck is visible.


  • OVERWEIGHT – This is where the ribs are easy to touch with slightly excess fat. The waist is visible when viewed from above. An abdominal tuck is apparent.
  • HEAVY – This is where the ribs are difficult to touch and covered by heavy fat. Noticeable fat covers the lumbar area and base of the tail. The waist is barely visible.
  • OBESE – This is where the ribs aren’t felt under heavy fat. Heavy fat covers the lumbar area and the base of the tail. The waist is not visible. There’s no abdominal tuck, and an abdominal dissension may be visible.
  • GROSSLY OBESE – This is where your German shepherd dog has difficulty with regular movement and is short of breath. This condition is very serious, and you need to get your dog to the vet now.
German shepherds vary in  height and weight from male to female

A male’s height at the wither averages 60 cm to 65 cm (23.62 inches – 25.59 inches). The average weight ranges from 30 kg to 40 kg, (66.14 pounds – 88.18 pounds; midrange = 77 pounds)

An average female’s height at the wither is 55 cm to 60 cm (21.65 inches – 23.62 inches). The average weight is 22 kg – 32 kg (48.5 pounds – 70.55 pounds; midrange = 59.5 pounds)

Please note that the values given are approximate and averages. There will be variations depending on the breed line and the health of your German shepherd. If you have any concern about your dog’s weight, the best thing to do would be to contact your trusted vet.

What is a healthy weight for a German shepherd?

An average grown female German shepherd weighs between 49 and 71 pounds, with a midrange weight of 60 pounds. If your scales are in kilograms, it is between approximately 22 and 32 kg.

An average male German shepherd grows to approximately 70-90 pounds, while a female will grow to about 50-70 pounds.

How to Weigh Your German Shepherd

I recommend always looking out for signs that your German shepherd’s weight is too high or too low.

If your dog’s body fat is above 20%, your dog is overweight.

Here are some ways to measure your German shepherd’s weight:

  • Pure body mass: Your veterinarian can help you with this. Lean mass is measured by the circumference of your dog’s waist and the distance between the knee and hock joints of your dog’s hind legs.
  • Use a weight chart. You can use the “weight standards” for German shepherds found at your local vet.
  • Observe what you’re feeding your German shepherd.
  • Use the spine feel technique: Feel your dog across his or her back. You should be able to feel your dog’s spine, and there has to be a reasonable amount of muscle and fat across the back. You should also be able to feel the ribs when you sweep over your German shepherd’s side.
  • This task can be a little difficult do at home without help. You can usually weigh a puppy on a bathroom scale by holding the puppy and stepping onto the scale to take a reading. Then, weigh yourself separately. Subtract your weight from the combined weight, and the result is your German shepherd dog’s weight.
  • During a routine vet visit, your vet will provide a suitable scale and be happy to weigh your dog, usually for free.

Ideally, weighing your German shepherd dog is something a vet will do during a routine examination.

The weight of your German shepherd dogs is critical feedback from the dogs’ biology. The dogs will send you feedback about how you’re feeding and exercising them.

Remember your German shepherd dogs will experience skyrocketing physical and mental growth in a short amount of time. They need clean, whole nutrition, exercise, and a loving environment. These weight numbers vary, and many things influence the weight of your German shepherd dog. So, go over the average numbers in this article, inspect and observe your dog’s weight, and take your dog to your local vet for a routine weight check.

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