My Name is Tim, and i recently got a brand new lab puppy, shes about 9 weeks now. Just wondering why she is so small.
Breeder said she was pure bred, she is the runt of the litter. she weighs about 3-6 pounds. we weighed her at the vet last week, she was 3.5 pounds. we feel like shes taken on some weight since then.
But what do you guys think? does she look pure bred?
Thank you in advance!
(picture is 1 week old)
The pup LOOKS like a full lab but the weight is definitely off.
How reputable of a breeder did you get the pup from? Could the whelping date be wrong? Did you get AKC registered papers with the puppy?
A well bred pup should be about 10 pounds for each month of age. A hunting lines puppy might be about 5-7 pounds per month of age.
10 lbs. per month seems a little high, that would mean a 8 week old pup going to his new home would be 20 lbs.. ?
Rocky was 12.5 lbs when I picked him up, today he's 14 months old, 80 lbs. and no small dog.
although to quibble with your formula doesn't help the OP.
I agree that's too small and something isn't right, also agree the first thing I would question is the pups age.
Im not upset that the dog isnt a lab as much as im upset that the breeder was conning me.
I can understand. I've had different posts on the subject, but I don't want to open that can of worms right now.
again I remind that you can search on this forum.
without a better idea I would suggest you trust your veterinarian right now.
good luck to you and your pup.
Do you know what your vet meant by the teeth comment? Baby teeth were still coming in or ??? Baby teeth start poking thru the gums at 3wks. By 4wks, they are pretty much there. By 5 wks, Lab pups can chomp pretty hard w/ them!
As for weight, I'd not agree w/ 10# per month show vs field (actually my field bred litters have been bigger in many cases than my show line litters). My current pups were 7-8# at 5 wks, a little on the smaller side than my last pups-- maybe 1# avg.
I think poundage / puppy more closely correlates to the number of pups in the litter. They all eventually catch up w/ one another though if you take away the genetic factor.
3.5# though--- wow. Mine are that at 3wks easily, if not at 2.5 wks depending on birth weight. I just hope your pup doesn't have a liver shunt or something of the sorts. Best of luck. Anne
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014