Puppy size

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Suja:
I can't remember if I've ever read anything that shows some sort of correlation between puppy and adult size. A friend of a friend is looking to adopt a puppy who weighs 8 lb. at 8 weeks old. The pups are supposed to be Husky mixes, and this pup's two siblings both weigh 10 lb. at 8 weeks. You can see them (she wants Klondike) here: http://www.lostdogrescue.org/main/pets.asp?status=4 (Waaah! I want Denali) I poked around the site to see if there is a mommy listed somewhere, but didn't see one.
Any idea how big these pups will end up becoming? She is looking for a medium sized dog (50-55 lb. max), and I didn't think that these pups would end up being much larger than that, but figured I'd ask here before misleading her.
Suja
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[nq:1]I can't remember if I've ever read anything that shows some sort of correlation between puppy and adult size. A ... think that these pups would end up being much larger than that, but figured I'd ask here before misleading her.[/nq]
Kavik was 11-12 pounds at 8 weeks - he weighs 51 pounds (should be 48) Toklat was 15 pounds at 12 weeks - he weighs 39 pounds

The largest pup in Kavik's litter isnt' the largest adult. Toklat was the largest pup and he is the largest adult.
I think its not an exact science. But 8 pounds at 8 weeks should be no bigger than a kavik dog I would think.

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Sionnach:
[nq:1]Any idea how big these pups will end up becoming? She is looking for a medium sized dog (50-55 lb. max), and I didn't think that these pups would end up being much larger than that, but figured I'd ask here before misleading her.[/nq]
IIRC, there's a formula which says that if you triple the dog's weight at
12 weeks, you will get an approximation of the dog's adult weight.It was true for Rocsi- she weighed something like 4.2 lbs when I got her at 13 weeks, and is 13 lb. as an adult.
However, feeding can affect that to some extent, especially feeding "puppy chow" for extended periods of time. (Most of the performance folks I know start weaning their dogs off of puppy formulas at a fairly early age, and NOBODY I know feeds it to 12 months as the mfrs. would have you do- it's the general equivalent of keeping your child on high-caloric toddler food until s/he's in junior high.)
And of course, if the puppy's nutrition is inadequate in the first few weeks of life, growth may be delayed until the diet gets better, and the pup end up larger than the formula would indicated.
Getting back to the point Pups can grow quite a bit between 8 and 12 weeks, but even if this pup were to double in size, and weigh 16 lbs at 12 weeks, that would give her a predicted adult size in the 50-lb range.
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Chris:
Suja, theres a hard-to-read chart in Pitcairn's "Natural Health". My best squint says only 50 lbs.
My experience has been like Beth's, though. Pups that were bigger than Mac in his litter are smaller than him, now.
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Suja:
[nq:1]Suja, theres a hard-to-read chart in Pitcairn's "Natural Health". My best squint says only 50 lbs.[/nq]
Thanks, Chris and Beth. I was kind of figuring the ballpark based on my ELB's puppy - 3 lb. at 8 weeks, possibly growing to be 15-18 lb. I took
10 and multiplied by 5 to kind of arrive at the numbers I did -probably all wrong to do that.
I always thought that there was some sort of formula for calculating adult weight of puppies. Something like double the weight at 4 (or was it 6) months. Maybe someone should start that - my puppy weighed X at 8 weeks (or 4 months or 6 months) and ended up at an adult weight of Y.

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Chris:
[nq:1]I always thought that there was some sort of formula for calculating adult weight of puppies. Something like double the ... probably a name for that) for various breeds, which start all bunched up together, then diverge widely for different breeds.[/nq]
Hence, surprises. Have I told you this one? Friends adopted a 'Lab/mix' puppy just before moving to Denver. It took them a while to wonder why their pup wasn't growing and take him to the vet. "What you got here," the vet said, "is a corgi/something about four years old.' They were delighted, btw.
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J1Boss:
The "double the 4 month weight" is generaly CLOSE for med-large breeds, but not for tiny breeds or giant breeds. The Pitcairn chart (one of these days I'll enlarge the damn thing!) is pretty on the mark IME.

My Golden weighed 19.5# at 9 weeks. At 4 months he weighed 40#. He was a 72-74# adult, although I'm sure he could have been 80# from someone who didn't want a trim dog. I can't even remember what Franklin was at 8 weeks - it seems like it was 12-13# or so. He's ~60# now, so 5x.
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