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I went to meet the litter we are interested in yesterday - 5 puppies. They all seemed to be active, friendly, curious. One of the 5 is smaller than the others - I would say he is about 2/3 the size of his siblings. This was the one we liked the best. Should I be concerned that he is smaller? His mother is 15 pounds and his father is 10 pounds, if that matters. The breeder seems to think he would be about 8 - 10 pounds when fully grown, certainly no bigger than his father.

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I went to meet the litter we are interested in yesterday - 5 puppies. They all seemed to be active, friendly, curious. One of the 5 is smaller than the others - I would say he is about 2/3 the size of his siblings. This was the one we liked the best. Should I be concerned that he is smaller? His mother is 15 pounds and his father is 10 pounds, if that matters. The breeder seems to think he would be about 8 - 10 pounds when fully grown, certainly no bigger than his father.

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If he is significantly smaller than his siblings (not just a bit smaller) I would want to do a liver function panel and have his heart checked thoroughly before committing to him. He MIGHT just be a healthy small puppy. But sometimes there are health reasons for one puppy to be significantly smaller. Honestly, if you have a choice, I'd chose one of the others.


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Thank you. That gives me something to think about. I am going to call the vet tomorrow and see what she advises. We have a refundable deposit on the puppy right now. He was sweet but I don't need a decade (or more) of heartache. I'm just not sure what a significant difference is because I only have the siblings to compare him to. They are 4 weeks old.

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Since I was a child and my Dad bred beagles to hunt rabbits, I have been drawn to the runt of the litter. Resist that! Karen is right.
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thank you for your replies! I contacted the breeder and told her my concerns. She is bringing them this week to the vet and will share their "official" weights with me as well as a report from the vet. She assured me that I can have my deposit back at any time. I keep looking at the video I took and he is smaller, but maybe not as much smaller as I said in my original post. Anyway, I'll hear back this week and get to see the vet report and I'll take it from there, once I can see just how much smaller he is than the others. Thanks again!!
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thank you for your replies! I contacted the breeder and told her my concerns. She is bringing them this week to the vet and will share their "official" weights with me as well as a report from the vet. She assured me that I can have my deposit back at any time. I keep looking at the video I took and he is smaller, but maybe not as much smaller as I said in my original post. Anyway, I'll hear back this week and get to see the vet report and I'll take it from there, once I can see just how much smaller he is than the others. Thanks again!!
See how close their weights are now. Loki was the smallest at birth but by the time he came home at 10 weeks there were 2 puppies smaller. The breeder thought he would 9-10 lbs but he is 13 lbs and lean at 15 months.


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Yes,I want to see exactly how much smaller he is than the others. the breeder is going to share that with me this week. He did not behave any differently than his siblings, he was moving around with them, he jumped on one of them who was trying to sleep. they were all hounding the mama dog and he was right in the middle of that too. There was nothing about him that made me think he was not developing the same ways as his siblings, except that he was smaller. Thank you for sharing your story of Loki!!
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Yes,I want to see exactly how much smaller he is than the others. the breeder is going to share that with me this week. He did not behave any differently than his siblings, he was moving around with them, he jumped on one of them who was trying to sleep. they were all hounding the mama dog and he was right in the middle of that too. There was nothing about him that made me think he was not developing the same ways as his siblings, except that he was smaller. Thank you for sharing your story of Loki!!
If he's a "healthy small" puppy, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking the smallest. You just want to make SURE that he isn't small because there is something wrong with him. It also sounds like your breeder is a good one, willing to work with you on this. That is so important in a breeder.

BTW, there was a significantly smaller puppy in Panda's litter too. I wasn't interested in that puppy at any point, but the litter is now 20 months, his family loves him to pieces, and he's a perfectly healthy but smaller dog. He's a little odd looking, and was from birth. But he has no health problems at all and is a lovely pet dog!


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I took the smallest dog in the litter, it turned out just fine. As has been mentioned he was checked, liver function panel, cardiac check he was fine just a little smaller than the rest. That was actually the reason we were bumped up on the breeder's waiting list, she wanted him in a home with no children. She told me he might only be 7-8 pounds he wound up at a lean 13.
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Olive was also the smallest of her litter. I didnt really think to get her liver tested but the vet said she looked healthy during her initial puppy checkup. Shes now about 7.5 lbs at 1.5 years old and is a healthy sweet dog.
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