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For more information on canine hip/elbow dysplasia click  here
For more information on Degenerative Myopathy (DM) click here
For more information on domestic canine nutrition click  here
For more information on crate training click  on the following links:
Crate Training overview
For more information on German Shepherd coat color genetics click  here

German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard:
From Schutzhund USA web page: Size/Weight
Males: Height at the wither 60 cm to 65 cm (23in-26in)
Weight 30 kg to 40 kg (66-89lbs)

Females: Height at the wither 55 cm to 60 cm (21in-23in)
Weight 22 kg - 32 kg (48lb-72lbs)

From AKC web page :
males at the top of the highest point of the shoulder blade is 24 to 26 inches;

bitches: 22 to 24 inches.

Considerations for early Spay/Neuter:
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