This is a continuation of a side topic on earlier thread, I didn't want to completely
hijack pretty Laila's thread (http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=13859
) so I am continuing the side conversation here
Cey is big like Picasso. He weighed 5 lb & 1 oz at 11 weeks. Is it normal and healthy for them to grow so fast?
He gets his next round of shots next week!
Hi O'Bluff - From what I hear that is probably well within the normal weight (he is not 'fat', right?), even if it's a little bit bigger than average (14 pounds definitely would NOT be normal haha!) (If you are reading this for the first time, the 14 lbs is in reference to a typo I made in Laila's original thread where I said that my puppy Ceylon was 14.9 lbs at 12 weeks, instead of 4.9 lbs, lol!). I read somewhere linked from this forum that to estimate full-grown weight, you take a puppy's weight at 8 weeks and multiply times 4 (less reliable, slightly larger margin of error) or a puppy's weight at 16 weeks and multiply times 2 (more reliable, something like 5-15% margin of error? I will try to find the article that explains this). Do you know how big Picasso was at 8 weeks?
People also told me (when I was worried that Cey was growing too fast) that they slow down considerably after about 6 months. Of course, puppies, like human babies, will grow at their own rate, and some grow faster or slower at different times than others. I don't know the absolute upper limit for Havanese weight but I remember a couple of people on this forum whose hav's are close to 20 lbs or even a few pounds more! Ceylon was 3.1 lbs at 8 weeks, so he should be between 6-7 lbs in 4 more weeks, and somewhere around 12-14 lbs fully grown, at least using the 8-week times 4 formula - and according to that formula, Cey is growing perfectly, and I am no longer worried. Linda, Augie's mother, said that Augie was about Cey's weight at 11-12 weeks, and when I asked how big Augie is now, she said,
Originally Posted by motherslittlehelper
Augie was 2 in October. He is 13.5 lbs. now. Although I can feel his ribs fairly easily, I feel he is a bit heavy and would like him to be closer to 13 or a bit under.(...)
I was worried, as well, that he was gaining too fast as a pup and would be HUGE, but he slowed down around 8 months I believe. I like his size - he is nice and sturdy.
-and that made me feel a LOT better! I do want Cey to be sturdy lol.
Also, do you know how much Picasso's parents weigh? -I think that the parents' weights are usually a fairly good indicator as well (Cey's dad weighed 11 lbs, his mom, slightly more).
Finally, I know that it seems crazy for our pups to be gaining weight so fast in the first 2-3 months of their lives... I couldn't believe that Cey was 4 1/2 lbs at 10-11 weeks if he was only going to get to be 12-14 lbs total, but from I hear, that is pretty normal, I guess they gain most of their weight in the first 3-6 months... Of course, I am very new to Havs and their growth, so I hope that other people chime in with their thoughts!!
Also, Picasso is SUCH a great name!! And I don't remember if I told you how cute he is, but he is ADORABLE! And I know a lot of people worry about their dog's shots... Ceylon did great with his second puppy booster (DHPP) and the only after effect that I noticed today was, well, I sometimes pick him up by the top of his halter to get him up to the couch when he wants up (I grab both cross-straps on the top at once - he is so small, and because it's a halter, it distributes the pull and he usually doesn't mind at all), and earlier I forgot that he got his shot between his shoulder blades and I tried to pick him up the same way and he yelped (poor dog, I felt so awful!). Other than that, he has been just fine
I am a bit nervous for his first rabies vaccination in 4 weeks, but I think he will be just fine...