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Old 01-28-2014, 05:06 PM
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Puppy growth.. too slow?

So Im not 100% sure that this is the right place to put this thread, but it is regarding puppies...
Ive done lots of reading that says slow growth is good, especially for large breeds.. but
My puppy seems to small for her age. Granted she is a mutt, but her father is 120lbs and her mother is 150lbs. She's almost 6.5 months now (at least i believe so) and shes only 50lbs. Some of her siblings are over 80lbs now. Vets have said not to wory about it, that some dogs just grow more slow than others, and that shes healthy/fine whatever.

Now Im just kinda wondering if she'll actually be really small. Since Ive got her, shes consistently put on 2lbs a week and hasnt actually had a solid growth spurt. (And I really dont mind if shes small, easier on me.. Im pretty tiny!)

Anyone else have similar experiences or have thoughts on the matter?
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:49 PM
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In my opinion, to slow is 100% better than too fast. Check your food, the quality of it and the calories, fat protein levels ect.. Than compare it to another brand. Start there and then maybe we can help


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Okay, so, this is on a TOTALLY DIFFERENT scale. Keep that in mind, please. But for what it's worth:

Calypso's parents are 13 and 14 pounds--Bichon conformation is 12-14, and her/her parents' pedigree is, um, superfly. It is reasonable to assume her siblings are thereabouts. But almost 2 yrs old, full grown or just about, she doesn't even hit 9 pounds. Yeah, yeah, that's a 4-5 pound difference--but keep in mind that that's half her bodyweight!

She wasn't the runt or anything, just...little. (She was the smallest in her litter at birth, too, for what it's worth.)

I am also little so am happy with my little dog.
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Aww! How cute haha. I have a chinese crested (who currently resides with my mother, actually) who was 16lbs in her prime.. wasnt overweight by any means, just larger than the average crestie I guess..

As for food, she's been on Diamond Naturals Grain free (its all lifestages).. she responds poorly to grains so I avoid it best as I can. She also does get occasional raw feeding, though its max once a week, and I just adjust how much kibble she eats to what she has eaten raw.
Diamond GF is lower in protein content than most other foods that Ive found locally... I know there is some conflict over whether or not less protein is good for larger puppies, and personally I think the concern simply sits with overfeeding/rapid weight gain... but Diamond GF is the only grain free food Ive been able to find that isnt garbage and that wont kill my wallet. I have a few vet tech friends that recomended it for us, but Ive still been shopping around since I'll be moving out of this small town soon, so I'll likely have more options available.

*also, I certainly agree slow is better. Im not in a hurry, I just get concerned... a lot! Haha

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Since she's consistently putting on weight, you shouldn't worry, especially in a mixed breed... I believe they can be impregnated by different males?
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I agree that slow is better than fast! And keeping a young dog lean is much better for their joints.

My own pup is 42lbs and actually fairly tall for his breed (~1.5" over the average male height). His male siblings are all over 50lbs. While they aren't overweight, they definitely carry more fat than my pup, who is very lean (neutering vs intact are likely a big reason). So he weighs almost 20% less than them, but I'd much rather him be lean at this age (1.5 years) than overweight. He will fill out in time.

Are her parents mutts, or purebred? If they are mutts themselves, it's possible that your girl just got some smaller dog genes that the parents don't express.
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She is probably just going to be a smaller dog. You really can get anything from a mix.

At 6 months, she is probably about 75% of her healthy adult weight. Her growth rate will slow down dramatically at this point.
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Her mom is a purebreed, 150lb caucasian shepherd. She seems to have gotten almost no traits from her mother.

Her father is a Georgian shepherd (short haired/nagazi variant) mix, not sure with what, but he has a very wolfy look to him (not saying hes a wolf mix). He's 120lbs, and he was the smallest of the litter.

Her grandparents on her mothers side are both 150lbs+.

Talking to two different vets, both said that sometimes slow growth just happens. The local vet here had a litter of shepherds that came in, and all at a year old were 70lbs+, but one was still a measely 40lbs. Not unhealthy, but taking her sweet time with growth I guess. That was a little bit more reassuring.
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Well, do let us know what happens over the next 6 months! Now I'm very curious.
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Me too! I'll have to get pictures of her siblings when we meet up again. Apparently most of them are all quite a bit larger!

Im not concerned. If she's small or large I'll love her just the same I just work myself up a lot when it comes to her health and all that. I worry too much.
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