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Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

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Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by StayGold » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:21 am

Hey all, this is my first post!

So, I have a female Dutch Shepherd and one of her female littermates weighs a whole 15 pounds more than she does.

My girl is 50 and the littermate is 65.

Is this pretty normal?

The main difference is the littermate is being fed three pounds of raw per day and my girl is being fed two cups of Zignature kibble per day.

Any ideas besides diet? The dog is huge! I just got a runt?

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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by Owned-By-Hendrix » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:19 am

London isn't the runt. A lot contributes to weight - muscle mass, bone structure, genetics, fat.
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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by StayGold » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:51 am

Thanks.

You probably saw this and knew right away.

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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by Dutchringgirl » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:55 pm

I agree with Kira, Dont worry, each dog is different and yours is just built that way. Females can be smaller as well. Many of the females including mine when I did ring sport were small and dainty. The males were HUGE.

As long as she is happy and healthy and you can feel a rib, she is fine
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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by StayGold » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:20 pm

I understand what you mean DRG. She hit an early spurt and hasn't gained a pound in two months. Seems to be the nature of the beast.

I do also realize, she is only 9 months old and still has some growing to do.

In your experience, is the growth marginal after 9 months?

Thanks for lending your experience here. The difference between the two dogs has me curious.

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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by Dutchringgirl » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:44 pm

I would not worry about the other dog and yours. I have seen many size differences and as long as she is eating and healthy its fine.
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Re: Re: Littermate weighs 15 pounds more than my pup.

Post by StayGold » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:02 pm

Dutchringgirl wrote:I would not worry about the other dog and yours. I have seen many size differences and as long as she is eating and healthy its fine.
Thank you.

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