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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question hOW LONG IS A PUPPY CONSIDERED A PUPPY?

WHEN THEY HIT A YEAR ARE THEY NO LONGER PUPPIES?
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I think it depends on what sense you mean? Like size wise, I would say Dora was full grown by 10 months. In a mental sense, I think she actually started to pay attention to me and really fully develop around 16-18 months. Lets just say training is now a lot easier!

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I've heard that dogs are mature at 2 yrs. But mine will be my puppies 4ever.


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We call ours perpetual puppies!

Our vet, however, thinks that they are fully mature by 2 years old.


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Lincoln "matured" around 18 months. He wasn't quite so crazy wild anymore at that point, and his coat settled down and was easier to maintain. By age 2, he was a full-fledged bum and gaining weight....then we got our puppy Scout and he lost a pound just from the extra exercise and runlike***!

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So, I wonder how it is possible that in the US a Havanese can be a Champion at 6 months when everybody says they are not completely developed at that age.

At 6 months they can have a perfect size,
become a Champion and ,
for example, be too big when they are one year old ?

If that happens, do they stay Champion ?

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Wow that is a good point, same goes for all the other breeds as well. Like the big dogs ( great danes, mastiffs, or even my elkhound ) don't finish growing until well after 2 in some cases. I never looked at it like that.

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I have a good friend who shows and breeds bernese mountain dogs. Her young berner was championed I think at 8 months . It went BIS before 2 years and then she found out later her elbows were bad and is having her spayed. So I know she still has her championship and her BIS win but I think it is up to responsible breeders to decide if the dog is okay to breed when it is older.

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In AKC, you can start showing at 6 months I think because I know my friend with the Beauceron took her puppy to her first show and was BOB- well she was the only dog competing since the breed is new to the AKC, she was so excited!

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