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Old 12-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Addie put weight on quickly until she was 6 mo and then she stopped. She's 9 mo. now and weighs 6.1 lbs.I have her brother also, he's a shrimp. He struggles to stay at 5 lbs. He eats more than she does. My older female, Lily weighs 11 lbs. I know alot of people want the tiny pups, but I like a little heavier pup as they seem a little sturdier. You will love her no matter what she weighs.
Ohh little Jack's a shrimp, he's just petite!
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ohh little Jack's a shrimp, he's just petite!

He is itty bitty compared to my girls. But, he has so much personality. He has his Mommy wrapped around his tiny toothpick of a paw. I can't imagine not having him.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well, then is Sophie not gaining enough weight? At her 12 week appointment she weighed 2 pounds, and a little over a week ago at her 16 week appointment she weighed 2.4 pounds, she has an appointment Sunday for her rabies. Is she not gaining enough? Her vet says she's healthy. And her parents are 4 pounds and 4.25 pounds.


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Old 12-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It is hard to tell how big they will be full grown. My Zoe was 3.8 lbs at 6 and 7 months but she also isn't a great eater. Now she is 5 lbs. exactly and my vet said she is perfect. It sounds like Gucci will be in the 6 lb. range. I really believe in measuring food and watching the amount of treats I give.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:40 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ashley don't worry I brought daisy in to get weighed at 3 months she was 2 kilos she was the same at 4 months an over past few weeks she has put on a half a kilo!!! I think they take growth spurts just like humans do. As long as Sophie is eating her daily amount then she is fine
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From what I've read from everyone here.... Maltese puppies grow at many different speeds. Some grow fast in the beginning then slow down. Some grow slow all the way through. Some do these jag of not growing then a sudden spurt. Some grow steady all the way through 18 months.

I'd say the IMPORTANT thing is that your puppy is gaining weight.

I know people want small fluffs.... but ....

Grace is the first puppy I've had who struggles with keeping weight on. When you have a puppy lose weight when you know this is the time their brains and bones are growing it is scary.

So just be watchful If she was overweight your vet would say something... But like Marj said - a truly "fat" puppy is rare. They all go through a "puffy puppy" phase... but I think that's more because they are ready for a growth (length and height) spurt.

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:22 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I think dogs are a lot like people.....they're all different.

Archie was 2 lbs at 12 weeks and is now 10 lbs

Abbey was around the same at 12 weeks and now is 7 lbs.

I got Ava at 6 months old and she was 2 lbs at that time...now she's 3 1/2 lbs and four years old.

I agree with Marj, if you want a smaller dog...get one from a breeder who was keeping the dog for show but they aren't growing large enough....that's when they sell them as a pet.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:05 AM   #18 (permalink)
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As always tori good advice I think as long as the pup is healthy and growing we don't need to worry. Daisy could be 15lbs and I'd still love her there is just more fluff for cuddles. I was worried when she didn't gain any weight so glad to see her gaining. She does have somewhat of a pudgy look about her so she def is in the pudgy puppy fat stage but I always notice one week she gains weight next week she grows tiny bit. I'd say be worried if she doesn't gain weight or grow.
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