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Old 07-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Puppy seems to be growing very slowly!

Hello everyone, we recently adopted a mixed breed puppy from the shelter. He was labeled as an Australian shepherd mix. However, at almost 3 months old he is only about 12.5 pounds. All his looks suggest he is a mix of mostly larger breeds. He looks like a shepherd, a boxer, and his webbed paws even hint at a bigger dog. But he's just so small right now! We are concerned because we thought he was going to be a big dog. The shelter guessed 40-50 pounds full grown. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Hi budhar7 It could be because he might be a runt from the rest of the litter which basicaly means he didn't get enough milk during the weaning period! My Nipper was a runt too and now she is 6 years old Or the age of your pup may be wrong and he may be less than 3 months old! Your best bet is go to your vets and get their advice Has he had all his vaccination and been wormed? Let us know how you get on please!
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Welcome to df budhar7! Bb is right. Wait and see he may have a growth spurt with nutritious food and love too
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budhar7, welcome to the Forum!!!! Give your pup some time.... he's still young.

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Thank you for your advice! Harley has already gained a couple pounds in the first week that we've had him, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. It will be a surprise considering he was a stray dog taken off the streets. But now the little guy is happy and healthy, and hopefully he will grow to be big and strong! And yes, he does have all his vaccinations and deworming!

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Thank you for your advice! Harley has already gained a couple pounds in the first week that we've had him, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. It will be a surprise considering he was a stray dog taken off the streets. But now the little guy is happy and healthy, and hopefully he will grow to be big and strong! And yes, he does have all his vaccinations and deworming!
We like updates like this on here! Excellent so a couple of pounds (1Kg) is good within a week I Thanks for the update!!
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Australian shepherds aren't all that big of dog. Maybe he's mixed with something smaller than a boxer too.
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