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Worried about her weight...she's so tiny!

My Sophie will be one year old next Wednesday. By all accounts she's a healthy happy girl, but she only weighs 6 pounds! I can't feel her ribs, but when I bathe her, you can really see how petite she is. She's very active and energetic, but is not a big eater. I've tried different foods and she seems to like Avoderm the best, but even that she just picks at. Should I be worried? I've never had a toy dog before - I'm used to big dogs that inhale their food and look at you for more. HELP!!!
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Your little Sophie does sound like a tiny little havanese and we do have a few little ones on the forum. With her little size, I would want to make sure that her liver function is normal. Have you done a full panel blood test on her or checked her liver enzymes? I would consider doing that just to be sure. I know that if I had a really small Hav, I would do a blood test and maybe even a BAT (bile acid test) to make sure she is ok.

We would love to see pics of your little Sophie.

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Sophie's Mom, Welcome to the forum. If Sophie were mine like Julia I would have the tests to be on the safe side. Have you called your breeder, sometimes the breeder will do a new breeding and get a couple of undersize dogs this is a real problem for the breeder if they sent that dog to a show home. Many of these dogs are healthy just undersize. Even if the breeder says they have had some undersize pups I think I would still do the tests. I hope every thing turns out fine. We need pictures, we love pictures, please don't be shy with pictures

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I don't have any advice, but I am anxious to see your sweet girl! Welcome to the forum!

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I agree with the others that I'd have a vet check her just to make sure there isn't an underlying health problem, but I would NOT encourage her to eat more. At her size, it is normal for her to have a small appetite... she is petite. You SHOULD be able to fell a Hav's ribs. She isn't likely to grow too much more at a year old, but you certainly don't want to end up with a fat little dog!!!


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My Sophie will be one year old next Wednesday. By all accounts she's a healthy happy girl, but she only weighs 6 pounds! I can't feel her ribs, but when I bathe her, you can really see how petite she is. She's very active and energetic, but is not a big eater. I've tried different foods and she seems to like Avoderm the best, but even that she just picks at. Should I be worried? I've never had a toy dog before - I'm used to big dogs that inhale their food and look at you for more. HELP!!!
Two great suggestions above, starting with talk to your breeder. Sometimes, there are just tiny Havs because there were tiny dogs in her pedigree (ancestry). Some do have liver issues, and I might run a panel to be on the safe side, but some can be pretty tiny.

Lots of Havs are sort of "laissez-faire" eaters. They pick at their food, eat here and there. Many will very effective train their owners to feed them whatever they want! Owners get so worked up they bribe their Havs, and then the Havs demand only those goodies and won't eat the regular dog food. Stay out of the cycle! If she likes Avoderm best, or pick what YOU like best, and stick with it.

Also, if you put your thumbs on her spine and are unable to feel her ribs, that is an indication she is overweight. In which case, you sure don't have to worry about her picking at her food! If you're not sure, again, your breeder or your vet can help you with a good weight and condition for her.

Good luck with her!

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Just as an FYI...there are also breeders out there that are breeding specifically for smaller dogs. I came across an ad on Kijiji recently where she states that her dogs are all on the smaller side; not quite classified toy, but smaller then the standard.
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Just as an FYI...there are also breeders out there that are breeding specifically for smaller dogs. I came across an ad on Kijiji recently where she states that her dogs are all on the smaller side; not quite classified toy, but smaller then the standard.
Which is a very bad idea.


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I would love to have a easy swoop pick up Havanese. My smallest is about 8.5# and she is SO much easier to pick up than my other two 11-12# Havanese. My husband just cannot understand how it can be so much easier, but I am a petite woman with short arms and it really makes a difference.

I did not want a tinsy little dog, but small and compact and that is what my 8.5# dog is. All my dogs will eat anything any where -- so I do watch their diet to keep them at just the right weight for their frames. It sounds like your dog's weight is right for her frame, so I would not worry. The comments about the blood tests are probably a good idea and I would not have know about that except through the Forum.

There is a breeder that advertises minis, and teensie etc. -- which do not even exist for the Havanese (and she charges a lot of money for the pups). She also has a lot of Havanese puppies, so . . . . .

http://www.wheatstate.com/~denson/index.htm

Would love to see a picture of your Sophie.

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Sophie, what a lovely name

She sounds healthy especially that you can't feel any ribs poking out. Unfortunately, more Havs are finicky than not. Also, not all Havanese stop growing at a year of age. Growth rate depends on their lineage. Some will be fully mature at 8 months while others it will 18 months before they fully mature.


Perhaps she got hit by a shrinking gene?
We have a little one too and just turned a year as of 1/11. Both her parents weigh about 13 lbs yet she is only 5 lbs. We definitely didn't set out to breed for that it just happened that she got hit by the shrinking gene from both sides of her pedigree.
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