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Very quick puppy question regarding weight

How much (on average) do five-week old Havanese puppies weigh?

I am trying to get some perspective on how big my foster puppies will get to share with prospective new parents. I know labs are often up to 10 lbs at five weeks. The foster pups were five weeks old yesterday and range from 1 lb 9 ozs to 2 lbs (well, except for Kato who is this total moose at 2 1/2 lbs).

I know all breeds are different but I am thinking these guys are going to stay pretty small, perhaps less than 15 lbs, but don't want to mislead any prospective adopters.

Oh yeah and thanks for letting my non-havanese owning nose poke in once in a while...I have pangs of guilt and don't want to wear out my welcome, but it's just so darn fun in here!

New pics, not a very good one, it's hard to capture faster moving targets, even with a digital cam!

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I have no idea about weight, but just had to comment on the cute puppy pix! Love them.


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They are CUTE!!!!!!!

I don't know how much a 5 week hav weighs, I'm not a breeder but I'd guess it would be pretty close to what your pups are. How sweeeet!

I'd be surprised if they were over 15 lbs, but what do I know? lol

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I can say that I got my boys at 10 weeks and they weighed between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs each...

Thanks for sharing the pictures...they are so cute...

I'm sure a breeder will come and post...they should know for sure.

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Pamela, you are so sweet to try to do so much work for the potential puppy families. Part of the problem is that no one is even sure of the breed background(s) of the puppies, right? Secondly, there is no norm in our own breed for weight, so it would be hard to predict. I've seen some adult males weigh as little as 10 pounds and as much as 17-20 pounds.

And I hardly think it is possible for you to wear out your welcome, especially if you are going to keep posting puppy pictures. Those little guys are adorable!

To answer your question, I've had Havanese that weigh anywhere from 36 to 48 ounces at five weeks old.
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How much (on average) do five-week old Havanese puppies weigh?

I am trying to get some perspective on how big my foster puppies will get to share with prospective new parents. I know labs are often up to 10 lbs at five weeks. The foster pups were five weeks old yesterday and range from 1 lb 9 ozs to 2 lbs (well, except for Kato who is this total moose at 2 1/2 lbs).


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Each line is different in how they grow but it sounds like they're on target for being in size when grown and not small, but not large.

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At 5 weeks wouldn't a hav have a lot longer fur than these cuties? Here's one of my puppies that just turned 5 weeks old in this picture.
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Jan, they aren't Havs. We're guessing the mother is a Shih Tzu mix, and I don't think Pamela even knows who the sire(s) is/are.
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First of all Pam--no need to apologize-- you have been made an honorary member - because we know you have caught the bug now and will one day have your very own Hav-- and those pictures are just so darn cute. If you keep posting pictures of the pups and of Harley we won't even notice that they are not Havs. (plus you are nice and that's what really matters)

I don't know about the 5 wk weight- but Jas was 3.5 at 8 weeks (he is 16 lbs now) Cash was 6lbs at 12 weeks (he is 19lbs now)

Kimberly, what is this about Sire(s)? is it possible for two males to impregnate the same female and that she would have eggs fertilized from two different dogs? and two different breeds of pups? This may sound ignorant = but that can't happen with humans can it? (the actual fertilization part- i mean)




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Yes, it happens with dogs fairly often - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Many stud contracts require the bitch (and stud owner) to protect the bitch from any possible breedings with other studs while she is in heat. If a bitch in heat is unattended and accessible, it is possible for several males to breed to her. It recently happened to a Havanese breeder in N. California who went to the capital to try to fight the AB1634 bill and came home to find her bitch had jumped the fence and was hanging out with the males. Sure enough, she was pregnant and they had to DNA all the pups and found they had two different sires in that litter.

In some breeds it is more common practice. A friend of mine is a Vizsla breeder and she paid two different sire owners a stud fee for breedings and then had to do DNA testing on the puppy to find out the sire. (After all that, she had a singleton.)


And it can happen with people too. There was a Dateline (or one of those news magazine programs) about twins that were born with two different fathers of different races.
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