Hello everyone. Since Chloey is my first Hav, I have no idea about puppy milestones. At what age did your pup hit its full size, and how much does he or she weigh. When I asked her breeder, I got a criptic response- ďSheís about there.Ē That would be 8 1/2 pounds and 8 months. Iíve read that different breed lines mature at different rates and the breed standard is 8-13 pounds. Also, does anyone know when the upper canines should be completely in? She has both baby and mature teeth on both sides and Iíd like to know when to give up hope that they will fall out naturally. Her 6 month checkup is coming up, and weíll address it then.
Hmmm... where to start. Our breed standard does not have a "breed standard" for weight, just height. (8 1/2" to 11 1/2") an 11 1/2" Havanese who weighed 13 lbs would be emaciated. Kodi is 11 1/2" on the nose. And while he is at the top of the accepted size range for our breed, he IS within limits, and he is slim and trim at 17 1/2 lbs. An 8 1/2 lb Havanese would be at the small end of our size range. (but could definitely still be within standard) And of course, while breeders work to produce MOSTLY dogs withing standard, there are still some that make perfectly wonderful pet dogs that are outside the standard on one end or the other. (particularly on the larger end in this breed)
Eight months would be on the early side for full size, and especially for full weight, though most are certainly slowing down by then. But, for sure, some lines mature sooner than others. Your breeder would know better than anyone how soon her puppies are likely to mature if she has bred many litters.
As far as the teeth are concerned, I'm not sure why she is having a 6 month check up at 8 months? Panda had retained canines at her 6-month check-up (which was at 6 months) this was particularly concerning since she shows in conformation, and we didn't want it to ruin a very nice bite. The vet suggested that we schedule extraction, but that I work on wiggling the teeth daily during the intervening 6 week period. The day before she was due to have the extraction, one fell out! So we rescheduled two weeks later, kept wiggling, and the other one fell out.
Not everyone is going to be lucky, but unless it is CLEARLY causing a problem, sometimes waiting a bit can solve the problem.
The other thing to factor in, however, is whether you are planning to spay/neuter during that period. If the puppy is going to be anesthetized for another procedure, it makes perfect sense to have retained teeth removed at the same time, and get it out of the way. So there are a lot of things to discuss with your vet, and decisions made have to be based on what's best for your specific dog!