In speaking with a friend of mine about rescue we got on the subject of puppies within a litter. (we save full litters often and have to find homes) So often people want to chose the biggest puppy in the litter. Some folks want the runt, especially in small breed litters. I had one little of puppies many years ago where all the puppies were placed in homes that I knew where they were. They all had fairly good homes. Food, water, cover from elements etc... Oddly enough, the runt of the litter ended up being the largest adult dog and lived longer then the rest. While my friend and I were talking she said she knew of a few more litters where this happened. I also know of situations where the runt is sickly and does not do well. So my question is this... First What experience have any of you had with the runt of the litter? Have any of you had the experience where the runt of the litter gets bigger at adulthood and ends up healthier? Just found it interesting to hear others having this same experience. I am sure in the end it is up to the care the puppies receive as well.