Vito

Is my dog not growing fast enough?

My boxer is almost seven months old, and he seems to be small compared to other boxers in the neighborhood that's about his age. I'm wondering if he stopped and may stay puppy size forever... not that that's bad. He is very cute! Anybody no anything about boxers?


Asked by Vito on Jul 9th 2009 in Food & Nutrition
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Bam-Bam, CGC

Well first things first... You NEVER want a large breed dog to grow fast, Slow and steady wins the race... Literally. It seems like with big dogs, the faster they mature, the faster they go down hill. At 7 mos old, he's still got another 18 mos of growing left to do! He'll get taller, and then he'll start filling out (well, as good as boxers fill out... His chest will get deeper and such). Don't worry!


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Aster

Just how soon dogs quit growing varies, but he may be near his adult size, see jn.nutrition.org Check the ends of his leg bones. If they are quite knobby, the growth plates are still open and he has more growth to come. If they are more like an adults, he is near his full size.

If he is still on puppy chow, it would be a good idea to switch to adult chow. Just make sure it is one with less than 1.5% calcium by analysis, not guaranteed minimum. You also need to keep him lean to protect his developing joints. Often young Boxers are more likely to show off their ribs than get fat. if so, feed him a meat based chow and leave well enough alone.


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Maxwell Bernard

Where did you get your puppy? Did you research the breed before getting your sweetheart? Please take the pup to the vet for a checkup. Has he had his puppy shots? Is he neutered?

Please neuter him. He will live longer and have less health issues.

Your vet is the best source. Also, go to AKC.com


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