Hey guys, newbie here . I am a proud owner of a now 10 week old silver lab. Mason is his name, and he is a ball of chewing energy. This our first official dog as a family. My wife and I decided that it would be best if she stay home and focus on our 3 children, and now with someone home were also able to enjoy a pet. This is where Mason comes in. We seem to feel he is a little to slender for his age . I was worried he might be sick (parvo or worms) but never showed sighs of loss of appetite. We allow him plenty of rest , food, and water. Btw he is on Purina pro plan large breed puppy formula , thought it might be he just didn't like it, so I bought a small bag of iams smart puppy , took a couple of nibbles and walked away let it sit for the rest of the afternoon and he never touched it, so went back to the purina and he polished his bowl clean! We ran him by the vet to have them take a looks at him. They asked if he was coughing or had diarrhea or vomiting or seemed sluggish. No to all of those questions. He is fine, just slender. A coworker picked up one of his litter mates and he isnt quite as tall as Mason ,but is fat as puppy should be imo.
Welcome! He is sprobably on the slender side because he may have weimeriner in his blood. There are only 3 colors of labs black,choclate,and yellow.
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Welcome to the board. How much are you feeding him? Has he gained weight (I assume you have had him for 2 weeks)? Do you see ribs or are they covered? It could just be his body type.
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Check the bag for feeding guidelines...puppies are very good at self regulating. You may just be feeding him too much.
Keep an eye on him though and watch for any signs of him being sick. Vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, etc.
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He might be slender because he's part weim.
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I agree. He may have some Weim in him and this is why he is on the slender side.
Is he registered or did you adopt him?
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Thanks for the replies guys . I see his silver color may be the reason he is skinny. lol ..He is fed four times a day with snacks in between during his potty breaks and crate training. Here is his schedule 5:30 am (as I get ready for work) then my wife takes over 9:30, 1:30, 4:30, 9:30. were give him about two cups, that he manages to about half of it evenly spread in strange patterns on the kitchen tile...hmm maybe he trying so send me a sign? Lol ..but he doesn't show ribs and yes he is akc registered. His parent s belong to our friends. Two big beautiful chocolates. When they were born they called me over to look at these two silvers and I knew I wanted him then ..love at first sight! They have a high fenced area and sleep in kennels so its unlikely a wiem got in there. But I understand what you mean ive read the nasty things wrote on the silvers. It really doesn't bother me in the least. I always wanted a lab and I feel I have a special one now . As long as little Mason is happy so am I. I will post pics as soon as I get them loaded on the computer. In a day or so. Dirt bike racing season just kicked off so I should have some interesting ones for you guys !
Two cups a day or 8 cups a day? You should be feeding him 3x a day - 4 is not necessary at this point. Usually about 1.5 cups at each feeding.
The silver comes from a weim somewhere back in the lines. The dog and bitch may not appear silver at all. I'm sure yours is registered as chocolate, right?
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I would have a fecal test done just in case- it is very common for puppies to have intestinal parasites. Sometimes they don't even have vomiting/diarrhea and the test is still positive.
It's not that the dam may have been bred by one but Weimeraner runs in the bloodlines of Labs with the silver-factor, somewhere along the family's history. I love the color, but I've been told that Silvers are not "true Labs" because they were originally bred with Weim's. They are generally thinner than Labs, so it's a possibility that he's thin due to his genes.
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