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As you know, I am certainly no expert in this area as we are in the diagnosis stages of liver problems with our little Gracie. I would recommend looking through the threads (as I did) and compare her weight and age with other havanese from this forum. It will give you at least a guideline. When I did that I realized there were only a couple as small as she was at her age. I agree looking at the size of her mom & dad and brothers & sisters. This will help gage what she should be. If your dog is on the smaller end - it may be reason for concern. I'm not talking a few ounces difference. The pup will stand out as being quite a bit smaller - a pound or two or more. Some dogs are naturally smaller with no problems, but wouldn't you want to know for sure? From my experience if there is any question - test. A Bile Acid test is about $100. Many times a simple blood panel can detect a problem and that is even cheaper. It is much easier to work with when the problem is resolved earlier. Less damage, etc. This is coming from someone with NO medical background just personal experience. I am coming to realize that my fully grown Yorkshire Terrier of 2.8 lbs. probably had a liver shunt years ago. I honestly have NEVER had a healthy dog in my adult life. I'm beginning to get a complex!! You want a healthy dog - if there is question - test. I sound repeative, but I think worth repeating. I'm rambling now, but this topic is heavy on my heart right now.