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Reaching adult weight?

My puppy is 6 months old and seems to be almost his adult weight. 3 weeks ago he weighed 10.5 lbs - his mom was 10lbs and his dad 12 lbs. he seems to have gained weight again -at what age do they reach their adult age?


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6 months is still early.

My guys stopped at around a year- 1.5 years old.





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I read somewhere . . .don't remember which book . . .that your can quadruple a Hav's weight at 8 weeks, or double their weight at 16 weeks and it will be a very close approximation of the adult weight. Isabella has only grown a pound since 6 months though.


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Our not so little guy almost doubled his weight between when we got him at four months (9 lbs.) and one year (17 lbs.). It was quite a surprise! We thought havs were toy dogs, but he's pretty big for that. The vet says he's a good weight, too.
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I'm inclined to think . . .since he's only six months old and males tend to continue growing a little longer than their female litter mates, that he's going to be closer to his dad's weight when he finally stops growing.




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Well, you can't always tell by the parent's weight and size. Kodi's dad is about 11 pounds, and his mom is about 12. Kodi is 16.5, and slim.

He reached his adult weight around 10 months, and at 3 1/2 he weighs the same. That said, I do watch his weight, because he works hard.


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Gemma is almost a year old and is still the same weight that she was around 7 or 8 months old, and only about 1 pound more than she was at 6 months when she had her spay.


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Something else worth noting is muscle weighs considerably more than fat. If sedentary parents produce an offspring with a more active lifestyle, it will weigh more just by virtue of the fact it's muscular frame weighs more.

In humans, females typically stop growing in height when they reach sexual maturity . . .males as they near the end of adolescence. Not sure if there's any correlation in our fur babies . . .but that appeared to be the case with Isabella and this appears to be the case with friends with dogs but this is, if course, strictly anecdotal. It would be interesting to see a growth chart of an early neutered pup compared to his parents.


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Benny is about 10 months and hasn't gained much since around 8 months. He is the world's biggest Havanese at 18.6lbs! He is very long and slim, so I suspect he will fill out a bit.

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Benny IS a big boy!

I haven't seen any scientific studies, but suspect growth hormone fed to farm raised animals headed for the food chain could possibly play a factor. There's no question people are larger and it's not all due to sedentary lifestyle as we're being lead to believe. Excessive weight is becoming a problem in every career field in countries where growth hormones are heavily used.

So it's conceivable even animal products in dog food or hormones in meat in homemade prepared food, could be what's making our dogs larger. Because genetics, as we know by the care we take in choosing our dogs from sound lines, plays a tremendous role in offspring results . . .but environmental factors can certainly affect weight.


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