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    I was wondering if the puppy's size in relation to his litter mates will be a determining factor is knowing how big he will be as an adult. Right now, at about 3 weeks old the pup we're looking at (lab puppy) is about a pound lighter than his brothers. Will he catch up or will he always be a smaller dog?

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    Id ask the breeder if the pup is getting as much to eat as the others are. Anytime my breeder saw a smaller one, it was because they easily pushed out from the dam at feeding time and she would supplement their feeding for them to catch back up with the litter. And they would catch up in size

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    Thanks. I think he was smaller at birth but has consistently stayed smaller. I'm just wondering if this means that as an adult dog, he'll likely be smaller.
    Last edited by emdh; 06-06-2019 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    my only experience in known lines with a history of what they produce, they either not getting the same amount of food or there was a medical condition. one example was a heart murmur that was like high on the number scale so she stay'd and was not sold. things to think about . they may just be small as well.. Breeder should have a full physical before they go to the new homes that is how we found the heart condition on the one pup..

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    Thanks. Yes-she's very responsible and will have all clearances done-including cardiac. We're considering a pup but would have last pick of males and he's smaller by a pound at 3 weeks-has always been smaller. Of course health is priority but we've always loved the bigger boys so will pass and wait if he'll be a very small male. I was just wondering if the pups in a litter (assuming they're healthy)end up catching up to each other.

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    From my experience - not necessarily? Our Newfie, Annabel, was the largest pup in her litter, but she's now the smallest adult. The difference between her and her next largest sibling is about... maybe 5 or 10 pounds, so it's not a HUGE difference. That said, this is only my experience and it might be an anomaly! It also could be down to some people overfeeding, which tends to happen often and is sooooo bad in giant breed dogs (we keep her nice and trim), or the fact that she's female and some of her siblings are male and would typically be larger than her anyway. Lots of different factors.

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    Re: Puppy Size in Litter

    Okay-that's kind of what I thought but I wasn't sure. We've usually brought home either the biggest or similar size and I really haven't ever know the owners of the litter mates to follow up to see how they compare. This breeder is very very responsible so I can't believe any of the size differential is due to nutrition. I think he's just a bit smaller.

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