What Is a Mini German Shepherd?


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There is no such thing as a miniature German shepherd. Dogs that appear to be small German shepherds are probably mixed-breed dogs. Dwarf German shepherds are occasionally born.

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Dwarf German shepherds mature at around 30 pounds. They have a genetic defect that causes the pituitary gland to malfunction. Dwarfs suffer from multiple health problems.

Common German shepherd mixes that may look like small German shepherds include mixes with Belgian malinois, Siberian huskies and border collies. A mix between the German shepherd and the fox terrier has been incorrectly called a miniature German shepherd.

A purebred male German shepherd should weigh 66 to 88 pounds; a female should weigh 48.5 to 70.5 pounds.

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