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You know what’s actually really encouraging? When you’re down on some trait in yourself, and your biologist friend goes “Actually, it’s pretty adaptive!”
I’d talk to animalwelfarists, friend, if you need advice.
that sounds like low quality food to me.
Age is an important factor too. Adolescents and dogs 1-2 years old are often naturally very lanky and thin. Leanness is not a bad thing at all IMO, as long as it’s not going too far, and in that case the dog probably wouldn’t be so active. IMO, better a shade lean than a shade fat.
I’d still make sure im feeding high quality kibble, stuff that isn’t an inordinately high amount of plant that just inflates in the stomach. my GSD could be lanky but she didn’t have a pronounced ribcage except when she drank poison.
But you might also want to watch your def of a pronounced ribcage. Like, you should be able to see the ribs themselves not just the whole cage
Poor quality food usually makes dogs fat actually. Unless feeding too small an amount. Shittier food means needing to have to feed more. Also to be considered is making sure the dog is not wormy.
Personally I recommend a raw meat diet, and if not that a high quality kibble that is mostly meat-based.
If he’s neutered and was neutered before he was done growing, that can also contribute to a lanky build. Plus some GSDs, especially when they’re young, are built lanky anyway regardless of how hormones have or haven’t affected the closure of their growth plates. It’s also very likely that he’s from a considerably different bloodline than the GSDs you see as police dogs, and there can be very significant differences in appearance between different bloodlines of GSDs (more than most breeds,probably).
Lots of people think their dogs are too thin when they’re really quite healthy, because people are just used to seeing fat dogs. If he’s being fed good food (whether well-researched raw, a high quality meat-based kibble, whatever) in sufficient quantities for his activity level, getting sufficient exercise, and is healthy and happy—it’s not going to hurt him to look lean at all. In fact, especially with a large breed often prone to orthopedic problems, it can be a good thing for his long-term well-being.
does anyone get really mad when other people try to tell your pets what to do
Absolutely pissed. Don’t try to train my dog.
It depends on what’s going on. I don’t have a dog right now, but when I did:
-If you want her to stop doing something and we’re good friends, you can ask her to sit, lie down, etc.
-If you want her to do something and we’re not good friends, ask me to get my dog to stop.
But one of my uncles always drove me nuts, because he’d try to kick at her if she so much as sniffed his legs. And people who wouldn’t listen to me that the command to get her to not put her feet up on something/stop jumping up was “off,” not “down.”
Nobody ever really tells a cat what to do, so currently there’s never really an issue.