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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Zeplin went to the vet last Wednesday. They weighed him at 11.1 lbs. Last year he was 11.3. The dr wants him to gain half a pound. I think he can use a little fat on him as well. Is this really too small or thin for a Havenese? I can feel his ribs- but cannot "see" them when he is shaved. he is just a very picky eater. he is mainly an indoor dog- but we do play in the backyard and wrestle a lot with him ( 3 boys). Walks are quick and for elimination purposes.

Thoughts? Should I worry?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 04:09 PM
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There are Havs on the Forum from 5 lbs to 20 lbs, it depends on your dog’s height, bone and build and where you are comfortable with their weight. I had rather have one to thin rather than to heavy.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 05:32 PM
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None of my 3 are over 10 pounds and they're perfectly healthy. I agree with Sandi, depends on his build. If you can feel his ribs but can't really see them then I'd think he was fine.

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My Kodi is about 15 lbs and not fat at all. The vet says his weight is fine. Shelby is smaller and about 12 lbs. She is built differently than he is.


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It looks like your Hav is maintaining his weight just fine...



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Moxie is perfect at 11.8.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 11:50 PM
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Ollie is perfect at 9.5!

lot harder to loose weight once you are heavier than you want!

Heck I just look in the mirror and know that!!

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I think you should ask your vet why he (she?) thinks your Hav should gain half a pound. If he is going off some chart on what he thinks a Hav should weigh, then you may want to consider getting another vet; however, I would think that he is probably feeling your Havs ribs and giving you a suggestion. A half a pound isn't that much, so I wouldn't think your vet is highly concerned but may have given you the suggestion based on several things (hair growth, energy level for age, feeling ribs, nail growth, etc.). There could be a multitude of reasons for suggesting you up the food intake, so ask.

Edited to add: I think it is a bad idea to focus on the weight as a number in comparison to other Havanese on the forum, so try to not focus nor compare the weight of our dogs to yours. Each dog is built differently. Once you keep track of the weight of yours, then you will be able to notice substantial changes in Zeplin's body with time. His significant weight gain or loss can be very telling of other problems, so it is good for you to track his weight (but not to compare it to the weight of other Havanese).

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well said Kimberly!

Each hav is as individual as every person...size, color,height and weight!

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Wow, I learned a lot from your response, Kimberly. Thank you so much.

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