German Shepherd growing up period

When are German Shepherd stop growing?

When are German Shepherd stop growing and different stages of German Shepherd growing up? Does it perhaps make you like your German Shepherd is getting bigger and bigger day by day? Do you constantly hear from your friends how your dog has grown, even though he is already an older dog?

You probably hear that from your friends because German Shepherds are really big dogs and people are most afraid of them...or has my dog ​​really grown? 

Let’s find out when German Shepherd’s really stopping growing!

At what age does a German Shepherd stop growing?

German Shepherd growth depends on many factors (food, genes, physical activity), but mostly, German Shepherd females stop growing at around 2 to 2½ years of age. Male German Shepherd stops growing when they reach 2½ to 3 years of age. 

Statistics on the size and characteristics of the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is considered a large breed (you've probably noticed that). According to the American Kennel Club, GSD’s should be 22 to 26 inches (56cm to 66cm) tall and weigh 50 to 90 pounds (23kg to 40kg) when fully grown, are 21.5 to 24.5 inches (54.5cm to 62.5cm) tall and weigh 55 to 80 pounds (25kg to 36kg). 

German Shepherd growing period table

German Shepherd generally has a length-to-height ratio of 10:8.5 where length is measured from the chest to the base of the tail, and height is measured from the withers to the pad of the foot. 

Stages of German Shepherd growing

During the period from puppy to adult dog, there are various stages of growth. Learning about the German Shepherd growth stages is an important step to knowing what to expect for the first few years. 

Here you can find a basic guide to German Shepherd growth stages:

German Shepherd puppy

Newborn Stage

The newborn stage or neonatal stage is a stage of the first two weeks of the puppy’s life. Puppies are blind and deaf at this stage.  

When they come into this world, the first few weeks their mother is in charge of their lives. The puppies are helpless, they cannot eliminate or even regulate their body temperature without the help of their mother. They spend the first few weeks of their lives in their mother's care and sleep (10% of the time is the care, and 90% is sleep time). 

Depending on the mother, German Shepherd puppies grow 65 to 90 grams a day.

Transitional Stage of German Shepherd

The transitional stage is the second stage of German Shepherd growing. The transitional stage starts when German Shepherd puppies are 2 weeks old and ends when they turn 4 weeks old.

During this stage, they get their first milk teeth. During this stage, they get to know the outside world for the first time. They can see and hear during this period, and also they will start to wag their tails and walk around. 

During this stage, the puppy slowly becomes independent by exploring and getting to know the environment.


Socialization Stage of German Shepherd Puppy

Socialization is one of the most important stages for a German Shepherd puppy. This stage takes place between 3 to 12 weeks. 

During this stage, it is important that you introduce your German Shepherd to the people and perhaps animals or another dog, with whom he will spend his time. During this stage, it is important to introduce them to as many loving, friendly humans and animals as possible so they learn how to socialize properly. 

The German Shepherd is known as a very sociable dog who loves new acquaintances. Expose your German Shepherd to as many new objects, different locations, new people of different sizes and ages as soon as your pup comes home. 

Juvenile Stage of German Shepherd 

The Juvenile stage lasts from 3 to 6 months of age. At this stage, you can start to teach your German Shepherd what we are and what we are not, or simple tricks. This is the time when your German shepherd will become even more independent. 

They will start to explore the surrounding, looking for new things, and also at this stage, they will start to lose their puppy teeth during this stage and grow adult teeth. 

And yes, it’s time to raise “the antennas”. The German Shepherd ears may also stand up between the 4-6 month mark.

German shepherd lying on the beach sand

Adolescent Stage of German Shepherd 

This stage starts when the German Shepherd is about 6 months old. At adolescent age, certain hormonal changes associated with puberty begin to appear. 

This is the longest period and usually ends when the German Shepherd turns 2 years old. People who have gone through this period know that the German Shepherd can be a real devil during the period...

In this period, the German Shepherd is full of energy, young, and very strong, it is almost impossible to calm him down. To restrain your furry friend, you will need long walks to exhaust GSD strength.

Adult Stage of German Shepherd 

German shepherds take some time to reach full adult maturity, and mostly females mature a little faster. But generally, German Shepherd reaches mental maturity at around three years of age, and physical maturity around 2-2½ years.

At the end of this stage, your German Shepherd is fully grown. But keep in mind that every German Shepherd has its own characteristics. With a German shepherd, some periods will occur earlier, some later.

Adult German Shepherd in the lake

Faster than the speed of light

The German Shepherd is known for growing at a rapid rate. The period from puppy to adult dog will pass the fastest. But only dog ​​owners will know that growing up a puppy is the most stressful period, but also the most beautiful period :)

Watch how German Shepherd Dogs Grow Up!

We had prepare for you some special videos on how fast can German Shepherd puppy, grow into on big and adult German Shepherd Dog!

From Puppy to 2 Years old German Shepherd Dog:

German Shepherd Puppy Growing Up ( from 8 weeks to 1 year old dog):

German Shepherd Growing ( from day 1 to 1 year old German Shepherd):

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