I adopted a (at the time)4monthe old black and tan GSD. Jackson is now almost 7 months and almost completely full grown. He is 50lbs and about 26inches tall. Is he normal or do I have a runt??? He is an amazing dog not a mean bone in his body, he is the family clown. Even if he is the runt I wouldnt trade him for anything!
26 inches at the withers is a normal height for a shepherd. according to standard they should be anywhere from 24 to 26 inches. so it sounds like you have a normal sized GSD. he probably isnt completely full grown just yet and still has some filling out to do so he is likely to gain ~ another 15/20 pounds or so.
Your pup still has a good bit of growing to do-- GSDs generally dont stop growing/filling out till about 15-18 months old-- Hes still a baby yet.
My male GSD stayed in his long and lanky stage for several months-- thin as a piece of paper-- i wouldnt take him out of the house for fear someone would accuse me of starving the poor pup-- He had a voracious appetite but just couldnt hold on to the weight-- Around 18 months he started filling out bulk wise-- same thing with my spayed female-- she didnt fill out till around 13-15 months old.
Just give him time-- youll be surprised at how long it takes them to grow up.
my 2 cents..yes..he will continue to grow and fill out..as mentioned they are not full grown till 18 to 24 months..But...In my estimation some dogs are just naturally leaner then others...if hes a good eater..and uses up the energy and stays lean..he will never be a thick shepherd...
I have both lines of shepherds..American tend to be longer finer boned and seem leaner..the weight is generally dispersed differently then on the shorter stockier more "boned" import lines. That said...your dog might be American lines and there for will never be a 100 pound dog...unless at some point he gets over weight..but..we all know that isnt a good thing..I think hes still young and I would make sure hes utd on shots and wormings..and ask the vet if he/she is concerned...since we can not see him...I would then suggest to beef him up if the vet was concerned..with wet/dry food. I do that with expectant moms and my male i bought as an adult was in my view a few pounds shy...so..I get them where I like them and then maintain it..But..he might just be in a stage...and my male who is 7 months old is 75 pounds..hes a import/american line breeding and solid as a rock..but..his head has not caught up with his body...lol..that will come later..so..thats my opinion..good luck and just enjoy your pooch..