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    Growth chart?

    Kinda funny, I know
    How big should I expect my puppy to be by certain ages? She's a 'lab-mix' from my local shelter. She weighed 15 lbs when I took her to the vet 1 week after bringing her home...she was just 3 months then.

    Am I being silly? How can I be sure she's growing as she should?

    TIA!

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    Re: Growth chart?

    If she's eating and seems healthy than she's probably growing as she should, lol. If you look for a weight chart picture, which shows too thin, thing, correct, over weight, and obese you can get an idea of what they should look like to see if they're getting to thin or fat, but as it's a mix, it's hard to tell. I have a pointer the size of the lab I had growing up, but she's a good 20lbs lighter. You don't know how a mix is going to turn out, so I'd worry more about how it looks, than numbers.

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    Re: Growth chart?

    Yes, since you don't know how large her parents/grandparents/etc. were, there's no way to tell how big she's gonna be. But if she's eating well, is active and playful, and is in good body condition, there's nothing to worry about.
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    Re: Growth chart?

    You'll have to create your own chart, sorry. Growth rates are related to the final adult weight. I know, kinda useless info....

    Very general guestimates:
    1. At 16 weeks, she will be about 1/2 of her adult weight.
    2. So, I would guess that she will weigh about 40 - 50 lbs in 1 - 2 years.
    3. Keep a record of her weight every 4 weeks to generate a trend. (Keeping track of every week is too frequent.)
    4. If she is fluffy, roly-poly, that is OK for a puppy. You may want large dog puppy food, but the main point is to feed her based on the guidelines on the package.
    5. Don't free feed or let her eat until she is completely satisfied. For some dogs this is OK, but a Lab may try to eat the entire package, then waddle around looking for more - the ultimate chow hound. Stay within the guidelines.

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    Re: Growth chart?

    Thanks hanksimon...
    I have the large-breed puppy food...and have been feeding her 1 cup twice a day...that she promptly gobbles-up in less than 3 minutes(still looking for more)!?!?! She is coming up on 4 months, and is looking more like a 'gangley teenager' than a 'roly-poly baby'.

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    Gangly is also OK. Visible Ribs and hip bones may be too lean. I also give mine a raw carrot in addition to his food, cutting off the top green part. He didn't eat them at first, so I had to "teach" him to eat the carrot by biting off a small piece and tossing it to him as a game, or like a treat. It seems to help satisfy his hunger.

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