Skinny German Shepherd?

I have a German Shepherd female dog. She is 5 months and she is 22 kgs. She is properly vaccinated and de wormed. I want her to put on weight, she eats properly, is very energetic, and very playful. She does not look skinny or thin, but I want her to look a bit more fat. Is it possible? If yes then how?


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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

It is typical for young, large breed dogs to look thin and gangly. They put the energy from their food into their growth.

Your dog is mainly just a puppy, and still too busy and energetic to eat more than she cares to.
You do not want to encourage your dog to "put on weight" now because any food habits your dog acquires now she will keep. That means if you feed her a lot of high-calorie food now she will keep eating that way and then when she is an adult she will be overweight.

Assuming you are feeding her a high quality food, the best thing to do is just wait. When she stops growing so fast she will start putting on the weight.

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October 21, 20150 found this helpful

What Abigail A said is very true. Larger dogs take longer to mature and fill out. She'll put on weight in time - and then you'll have to watch that she doesn't gain too much weight!

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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

I have a 8 month old half german shepherd half american pit mix (gsd genes are way stronger, cant tell hes pit, just looks like short hair gsd) anyways hes 8 months old, last i had him weighed he was 64 lbs at 6 months old.. Although he looked thin..just REALLY tall. He is 8 months now like i said and is still very thin. But is growing. I am trying to feed him as much as i can. He eats a rachel ray brand food mixed with can food and home cooked chicken mix in and he is still looking like hes starved! Hes current on shots and has had regular vet care. But he is so skinny! Any thoughts?!

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