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Puppy Size Question

Curious what all of you experienced Havanese owners think... If a puppy weighed 1 lb 10 oz at 8 weeks and 1 lb 14 oz at her current 8.5 weeks, with no known health issues in either parent or the puppy herself, would the small size be enough cause for concern to pass on the puppy? It would be a pet, not to show. The breeder shows and she is too small for his liking but I am looking for a well-bred pet... I used this formula 1 lb 10 oz or 1.625 x 4 = 6.5 lbs projected weight.

Mom is Harmony's It's Magic and Dad is GCHB IR/CAN Ch Kolmar's Painted Masterpiece. What exactly am I looking for with the parents? Sorry to sound clueless! This is my first time around!

I would greatly appreciate any insight. Thanks.

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Molly was 3.1 lbs. at 10 1/2 weeks and she was one of the smallest out of a litter of seven. She was just under six lbs. at a year old. She continued to slowly put on a little weight over the next couple years and reached 7.5 lbs. at age three. Today at age 6 1/2 she weighs about eight pounds. I think it is interesting that she ended up at this weight because they say to double the weight at 16 weeks to guess at the adult weight and she was 3.9 lbs back then. Personally, I love having a smaller Havi and she is the perfect size for me!
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I prefer smaller dogs. That is the reason I began looking into the Havanese breed. My Bichon stayed between 10-14 pounds which was a good size for me. My Yorkie hangs between 5-6 pounds now. They are more portable and take up less space. Giving smaller dogs a bath is also much easier. I sometimes have back issues so smaller dogs are easier for me to manage.
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Thank you so much!! I just want to make sure that there aren’t any major health concerns if she is smaller than her littermates. Does anyone know what I am supposed to look for as far as the parents?
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I am not an expert and hopefully the experts respond. However, I thought puppies who are abnormally small or who are the runts of the litter run a greater risk of liver shunt. I am not sure if this size is considered abnormally small. Hopefully the experts weigh in but a couple people on this forum who have had dogs with liver shunts said they were on the smaller side.
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What was the birth weight? It sounds like that one must have been pretty tiny to start with, which doesn't seem to matter in health, as long as there has been steady weight gain since then. It doesn't mean that the puppy has a liver shunt.

There are two kinds of liver shunts. They're all born with one, and rarely that one doesn't close up, but is the easiest to fix. We've had one of those out of several hundred puppies, and his owner used to be on the forums.
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Our Harley is a small one. She was the runt of the litter and weighed 1.5 lbs at 8 weeks. She is now 12 weeks and she has doubled her weight and is coming in at a hefty 3 lbs! 😀 She is happy, healthy, eats well, and she is feisty! She has a voice and let’s us know when she needs something, but doesn’t bark excessively. Small in size, but a big personality! She is just a delight! She appears healthy and strong with no issues.

With small dogs you do have to be extra special careful with safety, such as jumping from any height, going up and down stairs until they get a little bigger, gentle handling, because they are so tiny, and being especially careful where you step or sit. If you have children you have to teach them how to be gentle and how to handle the dog appropriately. Several years ago I had a 5 lb Pomeranian that I raised from a .8 lb puppy at 8 weeks, so I have some experience with the tiny ones. They may be small, but in their minds they are big dogs! 😀 She was also healthy and happy. Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at 18 lbs couldn’t keep up with her.

Good luck with your decision!
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A smaller mouth may require a little more dental care. Mia’s mouth is much smaller than my yorkie’s mouth. It is a little harder to brush her teeth. However, in spite of that her teeth are pretty good and I am sure many other things factor into dental health. Her problem is that they are a little too crowded on one side so tartar can accumulate there more easily.
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Patti was 3.5lbs at 8 weeks and is 15lbs at 2 years. 15lbs is a very small but sturdy dog. Tiny dogs are easier to carry around, if you wanting to carry them but more fragile. All are precious.

One of the reasons I selected Havanese is they are small but sturdy dogs, who aren't fragile. I would have loved Patti no matter what size she turned out. She's a perfect size for the grandkids to play with and to pick up and love. Doesn't take up too much room in bed either.
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Thanks, everyone. Due to a few people advising me not to do it because of health concerns, I decided to wait. Hopefully, we will find our puppy soon!!
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