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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-15-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a gauge that can determine how much your Hav will weigh by his weight as a growing puppy?

Has anyone studied the weights of puppies and looked at the weights as adults?



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This question is posed here often. The only real method of estimating measurement we have is by the breeder knowing the parents & grandparents of the puppy. Even then, there can be a surprise on occasion. Genetics are complicated and a lot of people breed unrelated dogs (outcross breeding) or dogs of different sizes & build, which gives even more room for variance.

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Here is a thread that compares several dogs weights as they get older. FYI Brutus weighs 11.6 at 2 years old and Roxie will be 2 next week and weights 7.5. Perhaps others will update their Hav's weights.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....hlight=weights
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Kodi is 3 yrs and is up to about 15 or 16 lbs now. I think he needs to lose a couple. I'll know at the next vet visit coming up soon. Shelby was just under 12 lbs and she is 2 yrs.


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charley is 3 1/2 and his weight is 16lbs. belle is 2 1/2 and her weight is 17lbs
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Shiloh is going to be 6 months on Friday. At his last vet visit, last week he was 5 lbs 2 ozs. This is up from 4 lbs 8 ozs 3 weeks earlier. Seems like a healthy weight gain for such a short time.

My question is when do they stop growing? If he keeps gaining a pound a month, he should be about 11 or 12 pounds by his birthday. The breeder thought he would be under 10. It doesn't really matter to me, I was just curious.
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Jeez Mochi seems like a little fatty at 4 months... She's already 6.5 pounds.

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Lotus, not at all! Kubrick was 7.25lbs at 16 weeks and Hitchcock at 15 weeks was 6.75lbs. It all depends on how fast your dog grows. Kubrick topped off at 14.5lbs and stopped gaining weight at 10 months (he also only gained 1lb between 8 and 10 months). and I'm pretty sure Hitchcock will be close to the same size. I don't consider that fat, especially because you can feel their ribs well and they are both the perfect weight for their size - if you really are worried about Mochi (or just wondering) then you should do a rib check to see if she's overweight.

This is not directed at anyone on this thread, but it really bothers me when people are worried about their dogs' weight as a number. It doesn't matter if your Hav is 8lbs or 16lbs as long as he is HEALTHY and is not overweight. Check their ribs. Make sure you know what overweight, normal, and underweight feels like. If you don't know how to check, ask your vet, your breeder or someone else who knows to check for you and teach you how to do this. Worrying about a number is just as silly as worrying about a number for YOU. People shouldn't be worried about how much they weigh, they should be worried about being healthy by exercising regularly and eating well. Just like your dog should.

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Great post, Lina. Just like people, babies grow at different rates and having different bodies, eating styles, etc. Jackson was a single birth puppy so he was large because he took up all mom's room! Yet he is close to the size now of his parents. He was 6 pounds at 12 weeks, and leveled off at 14.5 at a year. Many will continue to fill out a bit after that. Lots has to do with the pedigree of weights like Kimberly said.

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