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At what point does the weight gain begin to slow down? Just curious where we'll top out with this guy. My only concern is his health, weather he tops out at 100lbs (unlikely, I think) or 200+lbs. Buster is my first experience with a giant breed, I grew up with dogs in the 50-90lb range.

Buster came home at 9 1/2 weeks, weighing 20.4lbs. We weighed him this afternoon and he's up to 47.2lbs at 15 1/2 weeks. This puts us averaging just under 4 1/2lbs per week.

He was under weight at our first vet visit due to a "massive parasite load". The vet was amazed how bad his case of intestinal worms was. 6 weeks later we're still fighting it, he was given a worming pill the first visit, Panacur 2 weeks ago and we started another round of Panacur today with one more round starting 2 weeks from when we end this round. He now has a little fat padding on his ribs, can still easily feel each one (wouldnt be able to see them even if he was emaciated due to his thick fur).

He eats 4-6 cups of food per day, spread out in 3 meals (not every meal is finished). Treats very each day, only thing I do daily is his large milkbone at bedtime (lure/reward for sitting while I put up his baby gate).

As much as Im enjoying his puppy days, I cant wait to see my boy fully mature.
 

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He weighs 47.5 lbs and he gets 4-6 cups, holy cow what are you feeding him *LOL!?!? My guy is 80lbs and he only gets 3 cups in the winter and 4 cups in the summer.
 

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well the first place to ask this question would be your puppies breeder. since she/he would know his/her bloodlines the best.

but as far as a healthy wieght goes, you should always beable to feel their ribs when you pet them, but the ribs shouldn't protrude from the skin.

it is important for larger breeds to grow slowly, and feed a lower protien diet.
 

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He weighs 47.5 lbs and he gets 4-6 cups, holy cow what are you feeding him *LOL!?!? My guy is 80lbs and he only gets 3 cups in the winter and 4 cups in the summer.
My Moose weighs 125 pounds and only eats 4 cups a day.....but growing puppies need more calories. :eek:

How large are his parents?
 
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