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Male & Female Dutch Shepherd Weights & Heights by Age

Written by: Z

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Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for iHeartDogs.com. She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on April 12, 2024

The Dutch Shepherd, a breed known for its robust physique and agility, typically exhibits average weights and heights that reflect its medium-to-large size. Male Dutch Shepherds usually weigh between 65 to 90 pounds and stand about 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder. Females are slightly smaller, typically weighing between 50 to 70 pounds and standing 22 to 24 inches tall. This breed’s well-proportioned body contributes to its versatility and endurance in various activities, from herding to police work. Their size and strength make them highly effective in physical tasks, yet they are manageable enough for most owners to handle.

Male Dutch Shepherd Weights & Heights by Age

The following chart contains the average weights and heights of male Dutch Shepherd from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your Dutch Shepherd’s growth.

Age (Months/Years) Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Height (in) Height (cm)
0-1 5 – 9 2.3 – 4.1 8 – 11 20 – 28
2 11 – 17 5 – 7.7 11 – 14 28 – 36
3 22 – 33 10 – 15 14 – 17 36 – 43
4 33 – 44 15 – 20 17 – 20 43 – 51
5 44 – 55 20 – 25 20 – 22 51 – 56
6 55 – 60 25 – 27.2 21 – 23 53 – 58
7 60 – 64 27.2 – 29 22 – 24 56 – 61
8 64 – 68 29 – 30.8 23 – 24 58 – 61
9 66 – 70 30 – 31.8 23 – 25 58 – 63
10 68 – 72 30.8 – 32.7 23 – 25 58 – 63
11 70 – 74 31.8 – 33.6 23 – 25 58 – 63
12 72 – 77 32.7 – 35 24 – 25 61 – 63
2 years 65 – 90 29.5 – 40.8 23 – 25 58 – 63
3 years 65 – 90 29.5 – 40.8 23 – 25 58 – 63

Female Dutch Shepherd Weights & Heights by Age

The following chart contains the average weights and heights of female Dutch Shepherd from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your Dutch Shepherd’s growth.

Age (Months/Years) Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Height (in) Height (cm)
0-1 4 – 8 1.8 – 3.6 7 – 10 18 – 25
2 10 – 15 4.5 – 6.8 10 – 13 25 – 33
3 20 – 30 9 – 13.6 13 – 16 33 – 40
4 30 – 40 13.6 – 18.1 16 – 19 40 – 48
5 40 – 50 18.1 – 22.7 18 – 21 46 – 53
6 50 – 55 22.7 – 25 20 – 22 51 – 56
7 55 – 60 25 – 27.2 21 – 23 53 – 58
8 60 – 63 27.2 – 28.6 21 – 23 53 – 58
9 62 – 65 28.1 – 29.5 22 – 23 56 – 58
10 63 – 67 28.6 – 30.4 22 – 24 56 – 61
11 65 – 68 29.5 – 30.8 22 – 24 56 – 61
12 67 – 70 30.4 – 31.8 22 – 24 56 – 61
2 years 50 – 70 22.7 – 31.8 22 – 24 56 – 61
3 years 50 – 70 22.7 – 31.8 22 – 24 56 – 61

These tables are based on general guidelines and can vary greatly depending on individual dogs. Always consult with a veterinarian or professional breeder for more specific information about your pet’s growth and development.

FAQs about a Dutch Shepherd Puppy’s Growth and Development

1. How fast do Dutch Shepherd puppies grow in their first year?
Dutch Shepherd puppies grow rapidly in their first six months, typically reaching close to their adult height by about 6-7 months old. Their weight will continue to increase as they develop muscle and bulk up until they are about 12-18 months old. It’s important to monitor their growth during this period to ensure they are on a healthy trajectory.

2. What should I feed my Dutch Shepherd puppy to support healthy growth?
Feed your Dutch Shepherd puppy a high-quality, balanced diet formulated for large-breed puppies. These foods help manage their rapid growth and prevent joint problems later in life by ensuring proper nutrient ratios and calorie amounts. Always provide fresh water and consult your vet for specific dietary recommendations.

3. How often should I feed my Dutch Shepherd puppy?
Dutch Shepherd puppies should be fed three to four times per day up until six months of age. After six months, you can gradually reduce feeding to twice daily. This helps prevent bloating and promotes better digestion and nutrient absorption.

4. What are the signs of a growth spurt in Dutch Shepherd puppies?
During growth spurts, you may notice your Dutch Shepherd puppy has a bigger appetite, is more sleepy than usual, or appears a bit lankier as they stretch out. Growth spurts can occur intermittently and are usually accompanied by noticeable changes in size and behavior.

5. Can overfeeding my Dutch Shepherd puppy affect their growth?
Yes, overfeeding can lead to obesity and stress on developing bones and joints, potentially causing health issues like hip dysplasia. It’s important to follow feeding guidelines and adjust portions based on your puppy’s activity level and growth.

6. How can I tell if my Dutch Shepherd puppy is overweight?
A healthy Dutch Shepherd puppy should have a slight waist and you should be able to feel their ribs without a thick layer of fat. If their waist is indistinct and their ribs are hard to feel, they might be overweight. Regular vet check-ups can help monitor their weight.

7. What is the ideal weight for a Dutch Shepherd puppy at six months?
Typically, a Dutch Shepherd puppy at six months should weigh between 55 and 60 pounds for males, and 50 to 55 pounds for females. This can vary slightly based on genetics and diet.

8. How do I ensure my Dutch Shepherd puppy is not underweight?
Regularly check that your puppy’s ribs are not overly visible and that they exhibit good energy levels and a healthy coat. Underweight puppies may need more food in their diet or more frequent feeding. Consult with a vet if you have concerns about your puppy’s weight or diet.

9. What physical activities are recommended for Dutch Shepherd puppies?
Moderate exercise like short walks, gentle play sessions, and puzzle games are great for Dutch Shepherd puppies. Avoid strenuous activity and hard running on hard surfaces to protect their developing joints.

10. When will my Dutch Shepherd puppy reach full maturity?
Dutch Shepherds usually reach physical maturity around 18-24 months old. Emotional and mental maturity can take a bit longer, often up to three years, during which you will notice their temperament settling.

11. Is there a difference in growth rates between male and female Dutch Shepherd puppies?
Male Dutch Shepherds generally grow larger and may continue to fill out in muscle and stature slightly longer than females. Female Dutch Shepherds typically reach their adult size a bit sooner.

12. How do I monitor my Dutch Shepherd puppy’s growth?
Keep a growth chart or maintain regular vet visits to track your puppy’s growth. Measuring weight and height regularly helps ensure they are growing appropriately and allows for early detection of any potential health issues.

13. What are common health concerns related to growth in Dutch Shepherds?
Rapid growth can sometimes lead to joint issues such as hip or elbow dysplasia, especially in larger breeds like the Dutch Shepherd. Ensuring a balanced diet and proper exercise can help mitigate these risks.

14. How much sleep does a growing Dutch Shepherd puppy need?
Growing puppies, including Dutch Shepherds, need about 15-20 hours of sleep per day. They may sleep more during growth spurts. Adequate rest is crucial for their development and health.

15. Can I use supplements to support my Dutch Shepherd puppy’s growth?
Generally, a well-balanced puppy-specific diet should provide all necessary nutrients without the need for supplements. However, in some cases, based on veterinary advice, supplements might be recommended for specific health needs.

16. What are the signs that my Dutch Shepherd puppy is developing normally?
Signs of normal development include steady weight gain, playful behavior, clear eyes, and a healthy appetite. Regular vet check-ups help ensure they are hitting developmental milestones.

17. How does spaying or neutering impact the growth of a Dutch Shepherd puppy?
Spaying or neutering can affect the growth plate closure times, potentially leading to slightly taller dogs. It’s generally recommended to discuss the timing of these procedures with your vet based on your dog’s specific health and growth.

18. What should I do if my Dutch Shepherd puppy isn’t growing as expected?
Consult with a veterinarian if you notice your puppy isn’t growing or if they seem too thin or overweight. They can assess whether there’s a health issue affecting their growth and advise on appropriate action.

19. How important is genetics in determining the size of a Dutch Shepherd?
Genetics plays a significant role in determining the size of a Dutch Shepherd. The size of the puppy’s parents often provides a good indicator of their potential adult size, though nutrition and health also play critical roles.

20. When should I transition my Dutch Shepherd from puppy food to adult food?
Typically, you should start transitioning your Dutch Shepherd to adult food when they reach about 80% of their expected adult size, usually around 12 to 18 months. Transition gradually to prevent digestive upset.

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