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Old 10-06-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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I have a miniature schnauzer and he just turned 14 weeks this past wednesday. He currently weighs about 9 lbs or a little over 9 lbs. I wanted to know is that ok for puppy or is my pup considered over weight? I spoke with my breeder and she said that puppies can be a pound or two over because they are still babies and growing...it's when he's about a 1 yr old that I need to make sure he is at a good weight for good health. I took him to a groomer this past weekend and he said my dog was fat. But I took him to the vet, the vet said he is at a good weight and is not fat....he doesn't even look overweight or pudgy.

I am currently feeding him Solid Gold Puppy twice a day, 1/2 cup each time. I was reading the feeding suggestion on the back and I was thinking about increasing his feeding to 3/4 cup each time....but since the groomer kept emphasizing how big my puppy was for being 14 weeks, I am not sure if I should even increase his feeding.

So I wanted everyone's input on this....

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No offense to the groomer, but I would trust the vet and the breeder more. At 14 wks and 9 lbs I would estimate your doggy will be about 20 lbs full grown. Don't trust the food bags, they always tell you to feed too much.

Maybe someone who knows Schnauzers can say more...........
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Thanks skunkstripe! Yea, my dog is going to be between 15-20lbs full grown! The breeder told me to stick with 1/2 cup with each feeding and I give & take a little more depending on his appetite...and she said I can give some veggies and fruits, maybe a little raw meat on the side in addition to the dry dog food.

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When I was thinking of switching to Solid Gold, I looked at the back of the bag and they recommended that I feed my dog Eevee twice as much as she's really supposed to be getting! So I agree with the "do not trust the bag" thing, whether it's a high quality food or not. They'll want your dog to eat more so you buy more lol...

Here are some weight charts I found:
http://placervillevet.com/canine%20body%20condition.htm
http://www.purina.com/dogs/health/Ad...ght%20chart%22

(I don't care for Purina, but they make good weight charts lol)

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Thanks for your reply CHeetah and for the link! I will keep that in mind! Good thing, I didn't increase his feedings yet! =)

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The trouble with weight charts is that puppies are quite a different shape to adult dogs, and they can have growth spurts where their body shapes change pretty rapidly. I too have always found that manufacturers recommended amounts of feed were too large for my (very active) dogs. Assuming your breeders adult dogs are in good condition and not overweight, then she is probably a good source of info about puppies of your particular breed.

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Kaos, that is why I created my own weight chart. I looked all over for data on weight vs age so thayt I could make a huge chart for all adult sizes of dogs ranging from about 5 lbs to over 100 lbs. You are right, you cannot say for sure when a dog will have a growth spurt, but sometimes a weight chart like that is better than nothing.
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