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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-12-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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does larger pup size indicate a larger adult size?

I am so glad to have found this forum - what a great resource!

Our family is thrilled about our 13 week old Havanese puppy, Spencer - he is a character for sure! He is our first pup (we have a cat), and we have so much to learn.

I have a question about growth at adult size vs. size of pup: Spencer is twice the size of his littermates. He is now nearly 9 lbs at 13 weeks, and super long and tall - he almost looks the size of an adult neighbor Hav.

His mom and dad (both champions) are sized within the required range for competition....(normal size).

Doesn't this probably indicate Spencer will be larger than his parents (larger than the average 10 - 12 lbs)? Or does his large size right now have nothing to do with his being bigger-than-average when full grown?


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Welcome welcome.Tia We sure Hav a lot of new members. I think size depends largely on the parents. Here is an interesting article. What a cute guy. The women will want even more pics LOL

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very sweet little face! Welcome!!!

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Welcome Spencer!!!!!

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He is so cute. He'll probably be larger than his parents, but the most important thing is that he is loved by his family. Enjoy your puppy, he looks like he's having a great time.

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He is adorable!!
I had a pup at one week that weighed over a pound, while her littermates were all around 8-9 oz. She was always wayyyyy bigger than them, and I told her new family that she would probably be and 18+ dog!!
But imagine my surprise when she ended up only 11 lbs! On the smaller side of most of her littermates-
So I guess you never know what size they will be until they get there! LOL

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How big will spencer get

Spencer is so cute ,he looks like he got his moms coloring. When my son was born I new he was going to be big because his hands were big. He is now 25 and was bigger than all the kids in grade school and high school.
Are spencers paws large
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Spencer is a little doll. Congratulations.

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What a cute pup - no matter how big!

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You can't tell by the size of the parents alone. The Havanese breed has no doubt the largest genetic diversity of any "purebred" breed, so something can come out from several generations back. One dog three generations back, who was known for not throwing a consistent size, can still put a lot of variety in a litter.

When I read the title of your thread, I was going to come on and say you can't always tell final size from any size difference from birth to 3 or 4 months. We've had the largest in a litter from birth to 3 months not end up being the largest in a litter.

But at 9 pounds at 13 weeks, I'd bet he's going to be a big boy.

Bone size can matter too. A puppy with heavy bones can end up weighing more, but still not get too tall. The heavy bones will carry more muscle.

I just went and weighed the almost 12 and 13 week old puppies we have here that haven't been picked up yet. The fairly large boned 12 week old weighs 6 3/4 lbs., and the almost 13 week old fairly average boned one, weighs not quite 7 pounds. Both are very muscular from exercise at playtime and are in very good body condition. We expect the average boned one to be not over 12 pounds as an adult, and the larger boned boy probably close to 13 pounds.
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