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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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German Shepherd Growth – What Age Does The German Shepherd Reach Full Maturity?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 12 ·
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Several factors determine German Shepherd growth. If a German Shepherd is your furry friend, you’ll want to know all about their growth rate and when they’ll reach full maturity.

When Does The German Shepherd Reach Full Maturity?

German Shepherds typically reach full maturity between 18 and 24 months old. When German Shepherds reach two years old, they’re considered adults.

However, they reach sexual maturity much faster. For instance, they may reach that maturity between six months and 12 months old. 

How Big Is A German Shepherd When Fully Grown?

According to the American Kennel Club’s breed standard, male German Shepherds are typically taller and bigger than female German Shepherds.

For example, a male German Shepherd will grow about 24 to 26 inches tall and weigh between 79 and 88 pounds when fully grown.

On the other hand, a female German Shepherd will stand about 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh between 66 and 70 pounds when fully grown.

What’s The German Shepherd Growth Rate?

You’ll be able to tell when your German Shepherd is fully grown by using a few different methods. First, you can tell by their age when they should be fully grown. Also, you can talk to your vet.

As a puppy, be sure to bring them to the vet often enough to keep them up to date with their vaccinations and boosters. Also, the vet can track their growth and development. You’ll be able to get a good indicator of whether they’re an average size or on the smaller or larger size.

In addition, you can take a look at your dog’s paws. As a puppy, their paws will already be rather large. So you can track how well they grow, fitting into their paws.

Finally, if you got your dog from a breeder, you can ask them about the parents’ growth rates. That should be a good indicator of when your German Shepherd puppy will be fully grown. It won’t be exact, but you can get a good idea.

Alternatively, you can get a DNA test done on your dog.

German Shepherd Growth And Development

A German Shepherd’s height will grow rapidly until they are about six months old. Then, it’ll slow down. After that, however, their weight grows steadily until they are about two years old.

Females can still put on weight until they’re three years old, and males can continue to weigh until they’re four years old. However, most of their weight will come within the first two years.

Remember, female German Shepherds, are a little bit smaller than males. But, let’s break down how much they should weigh during their first few years.

Your German Shepherd puppy should weigh between 4.5 and nine pounds in one month. When they reach two months, you can expect them to be 11 to 20 pounds. Then, they should weigh between 17 and 30 pounds at three months.

Four-month-olds should weigh between 31 and 40 pounds. When they reach five months, your pup should be about 35 to 49 pounds. Finally, when they reach sexual maturity at six months, your doggo should weigh about 44 to 57 pounds.

When they turn seven to eight months, your German Shepherd puppy should weigh 49 to 66 pounds. Next, they should weigh between 55 to 73 pounds at nine to ten months old. Finally, between 11 and 12 months old, your doggo should weigh between 60 to 75 pounds.

Finally, females should weigh around 62 to 66 pounds at two years old, and males should weigh 71 to 84 pounds. At three years old, females should be about 66 to 70 pounds or fully grown. On the other hand, males should be about 79 to 88 pounds. They may still increase slightly for the following year.

German Shepherds Are Large Dogs

Since German Shepherds are bigger dogs, they take longer to reach their full maturity and full growth. As a result, their growth rate is slower. Thus they’re slower to mature.

Small dog breeds typically reach their full maturity and growth by the time they are one year old. Unfortunately, they’re smaller, so they have less growth overall.

Large-sized dogs take longer to reach their full maturity because they have more body mass to fill out.

For German Shepherds, they’re typically fully grown by the time they’re 18 months old. However, females can continue developing a bit until they are three years old. On the other hand, since males are bigger, they may continue to grow until they are four years old.

Most of this growth is weight rather than height since height stop growing between 18 months and 24 months.

How Big Is Your German Shepherd?

One major reason to keep up with the German Shepherd growth rate is to ensure your pup develops well. Also, with the help of your vet, you can ensure your doggo is healthy, too.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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