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PUPPY WEIGHT, PUPPY CHOW, ADULT WEIGHT?

As I just stated in the new Heath thread, Heath is 5 mos old and weighs 7 1/2 lbs. I just spoke with the breeder about this & she said she believes Heath will be smaller than Biscuit (17 lbs) because Heath's mother is 8 lbs and his father is 11 lbs.

BUT this was exactly the same case with Biscuit, he had small parents too !! I would really love it if Heath were a smaller adult. I'm wondering if feeding puppy kibble for too long creates these mega-dogs. I recall reading somewhere that they shouldn't be fed it for so long.

I'm tempted to feed him Biscuit's food, or mix it half and half. What do you think??



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I want Pixie to gain another pound to get to 6. My dream would be 7 lbs. I suppose there may be a rule of thumb regarding what size the puppy will grow to be depending on parents, but you never know.
Pixie is on 4 kibbles mixed together, one being puppy kibble. So 3/4 of her diet is adult food. She's 8 months. People who put their puppies on exclusively raw eat the same food as adults-right? Just different amounts.

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Amy- I think you could go no puppy food but size is going to be genetics for the most part regardless of the kibble. Belle was fed puppy food up till a year and she is my smallest dog. But some people think you shouldn't feed any puppy food, it isn't necessary. Dash was on half and half mix. It was just two brands of food that I liked. Also maybe ask what size the grandparents are. Cause maybe the parents were the smallest of their litter but the grandparents were big, etc? I know a lot of times they say knowing the size of the grandparents is a better determination of adult size.

I will just keep my fingers crossed he is a quick grower and will slow down for you!

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Wow, Miss Pixie is petite. What a little cutie. I'm longing for a smaller dog, esp. cause I have hurt myself so many times picking up Biscuit. But I still love to. He's my boy.



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That's a good suggestion re the grandparents, Amanda. Yes, I have heard that some people feel puppy food is not required. The breeder just emailed that she thinks I should feed it until at least 6 mos, and that his growth will level off quickly after 6 months. We shall see!



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Yes Amy-she's on the small side-not as small as little Linus, but I'm really hoping to get her to 6 or 7 pounds (fingers crossed). I would like to get a Herculean sized Hav (a boy) for my #2-that would be fun! Maybe we can trade for a while-Biscuit for Pixie, then switch back!!!!!

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OK. Beth, it's a deal, let's trade!



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I think some lines of dogs just grow at different stages than others. Although Dugan is probably 9 lbs or so at 6 months, I don't think he will be more than 13 or so full grown. He body type is very different than Brady's. He is much smaller than Brady was at the age! I think the growth spurts happen at different times with different dogs. Heath could still be a little guy.

I am in the process of switching Dugan to adult food. I chose Canidae since I wanted to change Brady's food anyway. The Canidae says that it is for all stages of life, including puppies.


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Scooter is 10 months old and weighs 9 pounds. I'd like for him to stay at this weight but guess I'll have to wait and see. My daughter wants a "teacup" dog but I've told her that breeding tiny dogs has some bad consequences. I do like holding the teeny tiny dogs but with my 3 kids and their friends around I'd be nervous that a little one would get hurt by accident.

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Karen, yes, I just heard that from my breeder. That her lines grow the most the first six months. And thanks for the food rec.~~I will look for Canidae, because I would love to have them eating the same diet.



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