Until what age do German Shepherds grow?



If you have a German Shepherd or plan to adopt one, you may have wondered until what age German Shepherds grow? If so, let us find out together how old these dogs can grow.

Because a dog’s growth is influenced by genetics and the environment, determining the exact time that a German Shepherd will stop growing is almost impossible.

However, there is a period of time when most German Shepherds stop growing.



German Shepherds usually reach physical maturity at 18 to 24 months of age. However, some German Shepherds of Europe mature more slowly and reach full maturity until 36 months of age or 3 years.

Its growth rate decreases markedly at 6 months and continues minimally after 12 until reaching the aforementioned limits.

So in short a German Shepherd will only grow until his 1st year and a half or until their 2nd year or 3rd year if the dog is European.


The normal height and healthy weight that a German Shepherd should have is described below.

  • In males the height should be 23 to 26 inches, weighing 66 to 90 pounds.
  • In females the height should be 21 to 24 inches, weighing 48 to 71 pounds.

It should be clarified that the above values are only approximations that will serve as control guides. If you feel that your German Shepherd does not meet those parameters, it would be best if you contact your trusted veterinarian.


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7 thoughts on “Until what age do German Shepherds grow?

    1. allgermanshepherds

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      Hi Consuela, as said in the articles, these are just general guidelines, they are average values, it does not mean that yours is not normal, however if you feel she have any issues you should consult your vet

  1. Ok.. so my boy is almost 2. Smart as a whip but still a juvenile and destructive.. so growth physically is different then mentally. He’s fully off leash trained. Can take him anywhere.. except leave him home alone he goes bat s**t crazy and tears the house apart. So my level 3 obedience dog. Is a pup at home,

  2. We rescued our boy.. so finding an age was difficult. The vet guessed 2-3 yrs. (this was a yr ago) – He was skinny looking and weight was 75 pounds. – he still has a pup personality to him but very intelligent. – but he weighs close to pds now. (doesn’t look fat) ‍♀️ So I’m wondering since he is so BIG and muscular if he’s younger then older. – ❤️❤️❤️

  3. This article is a bit misleading. The height and weight from the standard aren’t approximations, average values or suggestions. They are the standard. Any dog that is smaller or bigger by more than 1 cm (0.39 inches) than the standard is outside it and thus not considered fit for breeding. They wouldn’t get a breeding right in europe (especially germany where they are from). It’s a rule, not a suggestion. Well bred GSD are within the standard. This over sized GSD trend we’re seeing from backyard breeders and non pedigree dogs isn’t good.

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