Under-nourished or GSD mix?

by Jill
(Peoria, IL)

Solid black German Shepherd Ivy

Solid black German Shepherd Ivy

Solid black German Shepherd Ivy
Ivy on the right

I adopted Ivy from a local kill shelter when she was approximately 3-4 months old. According to shelter staff she was a stray, running the streets of an urban area when picked up by animal control.


She was very skinny, wormy, and sick from eating garbage. She is now approximately 1 1/2 years old, but she is still only 60 pounds and much smaller than my other GSD's. Other than her bark (a little higher pitched) and her size, she looks just like my other 2 all black GSD's - same coat, same eyes and ears, etc.

Do you think she's a mix, or is smaller because she had such a rough start in life being under-nourished?

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She is not mixed
by: Anonymous

I do not believe your Ivy is mixed at all. I do believe she is smaller due to poor nutrition and lack of proper care when she was so young.

We just rescued an all black GSD pup from Utah, she too is smaller than my others for her age. She is now 6 mos old. You can see her pics on my Rescue Page-
'Rettungs-Haus Shepherds' on face book.

Your Ivy is beautiful and petite to what I believe is from a very hard start in her life.

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Mystery Solved!
by: Jill (original poster)

After much research and input from some breeders, we are guesstimating that Ivy is a German Shepherd/Austrailian Kelpie mix!

And boy, is she!

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big boy
by: Anonymous

GS very my last one Prince was 150 lbs. The one I have now which is a female and was very sick when I got her weighed 3 lbs at 5 weeks. She is now 11 weeks and weighs 33 lbs. I know she will only weigh about 75 full grown.

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