How to Read a German Shepherd Puppy Weight Chart

Do you have a German Shepherd puppy and want to keep track of its growth? Are you curious about the different stages of your pup's development? If so, a German Shepherd puppy weight chart is just what you need! Our charts show the estimated weight for each age group, from 1 month to 3 years. With these charts, you can easily monitor your pup's growth, ensuring they stay on track.

GSD growth chart infographic

Having a German shepherd puppy is an incredibly exciting experience. Still, it can also be overwhelming when you consider the amount of information and details that need to be tracked. To make things a bit easier for you, we provide specific German shepherd puppy weight and height charts so you can have all the average growth metrics in one convenient place.

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German Shepherds

German Shepherd Dogs are one of the most popular breeds and are my absolute favorite breed. That's why I've had five in total, three boys and two girls. From their loyal and obedient personalities to their beautiful coats and markings, they bring joy to many homes, including mine.

With impressive intelligence, these puppies are easy to train and make excellent companion animals.

The German shepherd is a large breed, usually weighing between 79-90 pounds for males and up to 75 pounds for females. They have strong builds with muscular legs, long muzzles, medium-sized ears, and thick double coats that come in various colors like black sable or black & tan. Their coats require minimal grooming but will benefit from occasional brushing.

German shepherds are very active dogs who love to run around; they need plenty of exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy. They also enjoy activities such as agility training or nose work games where they can use their smarts!

Factors Influencing Weight

But what about their size? German shepherds can vary in size based on gender, age, nutrition, and because of their breeding. For example, a German working line shepherd is much more energetic than the more laid-back American show line dog. A puppy from working lines may weigh less than the average on the charts.

Be sure to consider factors such as gender and environment when monitoring your pup's development. A good rule of thumb is that by eight weeks of age, a German Shepherd puppy should weigh between 18-22 pounds, depending on the genetic factors mentioned above. By six months, most male puppies will weigh between 49lbs – 57lbs with an average weight of 53lbs, and a female will weigh between 44lbs – 49lbs with an average weight of 46lbs.

For this reason, when consulting a weight chart for a German shepherd puppy, it's essential to understand the breed, lineage, and pedigree of the dog, as well as the sex of the dog.

Our puppy weight charts are specific to German Shepherd Dogs and consider all these factors. It's an excellent tool for monitoring your pup's growth and health. These charts show the average expected weight range for male and female German shepherds at different ages, from puppies to adults. Knowing the expected range can help ensure your pup grows normally and stays within healthy boundaries.

German Shepherd Puppy in the woods

German Shepherd Puppy Weight Chart:
Age & Average Weight

A six-month-old German Shepherd puppy will be quite large as many German Shepherds undergo massive growth spurts between two and five months old. By six months, a male German Shepherd will weigh 53 pounds on average, whereas a female will weigh about 46 pounds.

Why Use Our Weight Chart for your German Shepherd Puppy?

Our chart differs from others in that you can track your puppy's weight based on his actual weight at a point in time. Many other weight charts are either for non-specific breeds, or if they are specific to a German Shepherd, they only give you the averages and a range. While this is all useful and included in our charts, what is missing from many others is what weight your puppy will likely be based on his actual weight now.

Most people bring their new puppy home at 8 weeks old (2 months). The range for a female German Shepherd puppy at that age is between 11-17 lbs. As you already know your puppy's weight, you can estimate how much they are likely to weigh when older using our chart.

For example, if your puppy weighs 14 lbs at 8 weeks old. To estimate how much they are likely to weigh at 6 months old, you would find that weight on the chart and follow it down to the 6-month-old row and see that she would most likely weigh 46lbs by the time she is 6 months old and 68lbs when fully grown.

Of course, these are just estimates, and all puppies grow at different speeds, as will yours.

Another way this chart is helpful is if, using the same example, your puppy weighs 14 lbs at 8 weeks old and then jumps to 49 lbs at 6 months old, instead of the predicted 46 lbs. In that situation, you would follow that new column down and see that she is now closer to weighing 70 lbs when fully grown.

German Shepherd Weight Chart for Male Puppies

Male German shepherds are usually slightly larger and heavier than females. They are heavier-boned, more muscular, and have deeper chests. If you know what you're looking for, you can distinguish a male from a female German shepherd by looking at their heads, as a male is larger and have a more masculine look.

German Shepherd Puppy Weight Chart - Male

Using the German Shepherd Puppy Weight Charts

To use this chart, find your pup's current weight (along the top) and go down the left side of the chart to find his age. If he is in range, you can follow that column down to see what he will likely weigh at each age milestone.

For example, if your male German Shepherd puppy weighs 18 lbs at 8 weeks old, then you would find the nearest weight at that age on the chart. In this case, it's 18.3 lbs, then follow that down to estimate what your puppy would weigh at each milestone. In this instance, he would weigh approximately 53.6 lbs by 6 months and just over 73 lbs when a year old.

Under no circumstances should you try to adjust your dog's diet or exercise to fit in with the chart; it is merely a guide.

German Shepherd Weight Chart for Female Puppies

Female German shepherds, on the whole, have a much narrower head and nose and have an overall feminine look, especially around the eyes. If you know what you're looking for, you can guess whether they are male or female by looking at their face.

Having said that, my girl, Ava, was very tall for a female and was often mistaken for a boy, even when she was wearing her pink collar and leash! But I still think her face was much more feminine than her brother Hudson's.

German Shepherd Puppy Weight Chart - Female

Stages of GSD Puppy Development

The formula for our weight chart is based on the average age and weight of German shepherd puppies. This breed of dog has unique growth development.

During the first three months of their life, a German Shepherd's body goes through a significant growth spurt. Typically, they can double their birth weight in the first week! At 12 weeks, you can expect your pup to weigh about 20-30 pounds for a male and 15-20 pounds for a female.

This growth spurt will continue through five months old; by the time they're six months, you'll likely have a large, goofy puppy on your hands.

After that initial growth period is over, you'll find that your German shepherd will gain weight slowly from then on out until it reaches its full adult size at around two or three years old. On average, female German Shepherds reach an adult weight of 60-70 pounds, while males reach 70-90 pounds.

German Shepherd Puppy Height Chart

German shepherds come in a range of sizes, some taller than others. It can be helpful to know the different heights of German shepherds to ensure that the one you choose fits your lifestyle and needs.

When looking at a German shepherd height chart, it's essential to remember that males tend to be larger than females. Depending on where they were bred, most standard-sized male adults will stand between 24-26 inches, while female adult German shepherds typically reach 22-24 inches in height from paw to shoulder.

Below is our height chart for German shepherd puppies you can use to estimate your puppy's height at each age milestone based on his starting (or current) height. It also includes the average percentage of adult height reached each age milestone.

German Shepherd Puppy Height Chart - Male

German Shepherd Puppy Height Chart - Male

German Shepherd Puppy Height Chart - Female

German Shepherd Puppy Height Chart Female

If Your Puppy is Outside These Weight

Remember, these are just guidelines. If your puppy's weight is outside the guidelines, it may be less of an issue than you think. Puppy weights can vary greatly depending on breed, genetics, and other factors included on this page. While ensuring your puppy receives proper nutrition and exercise is essential, several factors can influence their weight.

One way to determine your puppy's adult weight is to check with your breeder. They can make an educated guess as to what your furry friend will weigh once they reach adulthood.

A reputable breeder should have a good understanding of their dog's genetics and be able to provide insight into the typical size range of their litter. This information can give you a rough estimate of what weight you can expect for your German shepherd as they grow older.

Another factor to consider when determining the adult weight of your pup is their parents' size, and again the breeder can give you much more information on this.

You can also speak with your veterinarian about your puppy's overall health and development, and they may be able to provide some insight into their expected adult size. It's important to avoid becoming too fixated on your puppy's weight if they fall outside the standard guidelines.

Don't worry if your puppy is a little bigger or smaller than listed here, and if you still want to determine their adult weight, you can also use the puppy weight chart for a large or giant breed dog here.


In conclusion,German Shepherds are a fantastic breed of dogs, and understanding their growth and development is essential for pet owners. Knowing the average weight and height of male and female German Shepherds can help you be better prepared for your new pup's growth.

With the proper diet, exercise, and vet care, your German shepherd will be healthy and happy throughout their life. Keep in mind that these charts are only a general guide – every pup is different!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy weigh?

A 3-month-old German Shepherd should weigh between 17 lbs - 26 lbs for a female, with an average weight of 21.5. For males, it'll be between 22 lbs and 30 lbs, with an average of 26 lbs.

German shepherds experience a significant growth spurt at three months of age and will be approximately 40% of their full-size weight.

How much does a 5 month old German Shepherd puppy weigh?

A 5-month-old puppy will weigh between 40 lbs - 49 lbs for a male with an average weight of 44.5 lbs. A female GSD puppy will weigh between 35 lbs - 44 lbs with an average of 39.5 lbs. They are still growing rapidly at 5 months old and should reach 60% of their total body weight at this age.

When will my German shepherd puppy stop growing?

Most German shepherd puppies continue growing until they are two or three years old. Their most significant growth period is between one and five months when they'll reach 60% of their total body weight and height. After this time, they'll grow much slower, at less than 10% each month.

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