How long does a German Shepherd grow?
Many German Shepherd owners ask themselves this question. In this article we have explained in detail how long it takes for a German Shepherd to reach its maximum size.
A German Shepherd usually grows 14 to 18 months and is therefore fully grown. A male reaches a size of up to 65 cm with a weight of up to 40 kg. A female German Shepherd can grow up to 60 cm and weigh 32 kg.
That’s how fast a German Shepherd grows
A German Shepherd reaches over 90% of its final size after about 7 months. The weight will be 90% of the final weight after about 12 months.
A German Shepherd puppy will grow the fastest in the first 7 months. During this time, the larger growth spurts take place. The legs often grow faster than the rest of the body and the dog then mostly looks disproportionate. During the growth spurts, a dog is more tired and less resilient.
As a rule of thumb you can say the following: After 6 months, a German Shepherd should have reached 60% of its final weight.
The change of teeth should be completed at 6 to 7 months. A shepherd dog enters paupertät at the age of 7 to 12 months.
From the 16th month he is almost fully grown. Slight growth beyond that is nothing unusual. A German Shepherd should have reached its final size by the age of 2.
Summary: By the age of two, a German Shepherd should have reached its final size and weight. The stature of the German Shepherd changes between the ages of 1 and 3. The dog becomes a little wider and more muscular. The head shape, chest and shoulders change. The fur also develops completely during this time. The growth is thus completely completed in about 3 years.
Size chart male
A fully grown male German Shepherd should have the following dimensions:
Table Values Min Max
Weight 30 kg 40 kg
Shoulder height 60 cm 65 cm
Neck circumference 50 cm 70 cm
Back length 65 cm 75 cm
Size table Female:
A full-grown female shepherd dog should have the following dimensions:
Table Values Min Max
Weight 22 kg 32 kg
Shoulder height 55 cm 60 cm
Neck circumference 45 cm 65 cm
Back length 60 cm 70 cm
Weight gain in the first few months
Here you can see the weight gain of a German Shepherd in the first 24 months. These values are interpolated and can deviate. They should serve as a guide.
Weight male German shepherd
by 3 months the weight should be between 13 kg and 15 kg
at 6 months the weight should be between 20 kg and 27 kg
at 1 year the weight should be between 29 and 39 kg
When fully grown, the weight should be between 30 kg and 40 kg