|Barked: Thu Sep 13, '12 1:43pm PST |
|Does anyone know at what point you can garner an idea of how big or small your pup will be as an adult? Is there any way to tell really? I've lived with both large and small dogs, and usually, I've been able to say "Oh, that's going to be a HUGE Rottie" or something along those lines(my moms Rottweiler for instance is approx. 160 lbs of muscular male Rottweiler and he's not fat, just very tall and very thick and we could tell he was going to be massive from the time he was about six months old)..
But now I've got Ria... A Lab/Border mix and her pure Lab mama was TINY(at least in comparison to the Labs I normally see - her mom was about the size of a Border Collie, height and all) and her dad was a Border, but we never saw him. Anyway... She's five months old, only about 27lbs, and only an inch taller than Charlie. Her paws are tiny, her ears are very Border Collie and small as well, and she doesn't look like she's going to get much larger than 40lbs, IF that. I know she's got another year and a half to grow, but it's still making me wonder.
My fiance seems to think she'll end up 'small for a Lab, big for a Border' But I don't think she'll be bigger than a Border Collie at all... She looks like she'll be either the same size as one or smaller.
Anyway... Any ideas would be awesome! Thanks!
ETA - I'm not concerned at all by what size she ends up, because I've owned dogs that were far larger, and dogs that were smaller, and I'll love her no matter her size - her personality is AWESOME.
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