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German Shepherd Dog > At what age is German Shepherd consider to be an Adult? (15 replies)

by Royal1 on 21 April 2010 - 04:04

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Hi!
At what age is German Shepherd consider to be an Adult?

Many people say at 2 years is consider to be Adult GSD and fully mature at 3+ years old.
Some people say the fear period as puppy GSD ends at 18 Months of age, meaning he is qualify to be as self-confident GSD like an adult dog.

by GSDtravels on 21 April 2010 - 05:04

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Physically, 2...mentally 3...to another dog, 6 months

by Royal1 on 21 April 2010 - 07:04

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This is what I found: [quote]Giant breeds are often not considered adults until about 18 months of age.[/quote]
www.petplace.com/dogs/when-is-a-puppy-considered-an-adult/page1.aspx

by missyfly96 on 21 April 2010 - 12:04

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I don't think German Shepherds are considered Giant Breeds, that would be Great Danes, Mastiffs, etc.  German Shepherds are Large Breed.

by Pharaoh on 21 April 2010 - 15:04

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Pharaoh is a new breed of GSD.  He is a perma-pup (permanent puppy).  He is now 2 1/2 years old and is just showing some minimal signs of maturity.  At this rate he will be mature just before he goes into senility.

Michele

by ZIN on 21 April 2010 - 15:04

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LOL Pharaoh, lucky you......  Yes GSD's are not Giant breed dogs only large breed

by GSDtravels on 21 April 2010 - 16:04

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When you're talking maturity there are many factors involved.  Bone freeze occurs around 11 months.  There will be no more "growth" after that, but they will "fill out" until the age of 2 and some, beyond that.  In my experience, when they are 3, they are mature mentally.  Dogs will consider puppies as just that until about the age of 6 months, then all bets are off.  This is when you may start to see aggression from an older dog toward the youngster.  Sometimes, it will be just to put them in their place, but it can lead to injury and even death.

I just thought I'd elaborate on my first, short response.

by ziegenfarm on 21 April 2010 - 16:04

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agree with the others who say physical maturity around age 2; mental around age 3.  i have a couple who took even longer.  best to look for signs from the dog rather than look at the calendar.  :)
pjp

by steve1 on 21 April 2010 - 18:04

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If what is said above is true and i do not doubt one bit of it then what is little Izzy just 11 months old 15 of april
At the Show Club on Monday i was taking her on to join the Young Dogs when a Judge came up to me and said only Puppies or young Dogs on this session the older dogs later, I looked at him and said is 11 months old classed as an adult, because she is 11 months old today, To me she looks like a Pup and Acts like a Pup,
I nearly said to get his Glasses cleaned, but i thought he may have thought i was being funny
Steve1

by bea teifke on 22 April 2010 - 14:04

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3 years old

by DuvalGSD on 23 April 2010 - 20:04

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magic number is 3yrs old

by oso on 23 April 2010 - 21:04

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 Like Michele I have a perma-pup (female) aged 7, still the most crazy and playful ever.........

Seriously though, in shows the puppy classes are up to 12 months, then we have very young dogs (12-18 months) and young dogs (18-24 months), then adults 2 years and over......

Depends how you define adulthood I suppose.  Don't ever consider leaving a 7 month old male pup with a female in heat.......(yes, it happened to someone I know).

by Sugarplum on 23 April 2010 - 21:04

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What do you think Royal1? My experience is about 2.5 years my dogs certainly seem more adult to me and I have noticed changes about this time, both in appearance and behaviour.  So I can understand why some people say 3 years old. What have you found with your dogs?

by Sugarplum on 24 April 2010 - 00:04

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PS I just have to say it and forgive me if I'm wrong but you (OP - Royal1 off to the Windsor show etc etc etc my Dad hates dogs etc) sound like Hamza. If so, could you just stick to one ID and get on with it rather than being multiple users. I'm in a bad mood so I can't be bothered not saying what I think.

by Royal1 on 24 April 2010 - 05:04

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I hope this following information clarifies the situation; after the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.

We are looking at 1 year old German Shepherd is equal to 16 year old human.
So at 18 months German Shepherd is equal to 20 year old human.
At 2 year old German Shepherd is equal to 24 year old human.
At 3 year old German Shepherd is equal to 30 year old human.
And at 4 year old German Shepherd is equal to 35 year old human.
And at 5 year old German Shepherd is equal to 40 year old human.
And so on......

And here is also helpful informantion as well: www.klgsd.com/German%20Shepherd%20First%20Two%20Years.htm


Edit: My dogs are different :) LOL The female GSD that I have is (smart) smarter then my male GSD,

by Royal1 on 24 April 2010 - 06:04

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[quote]sound like Hamza.[/quote]

I' am not this person! - Give me a break.......

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