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Luna'sMom 12-07-2013 02:16 PM

What is normal development
 
Just a quick question: when puppies are little, before 8 weeks old, (or even beyond?) is it normal for them to sometimes go thru what appears to be a bit cow-hocked rears? I ask because, at times Agnes (7 weeks) seems to be a bit this way in the rear. Breeder said it's a puppy thing and never produced a cow-hocked dog and that she will develop normally. Parents are normal, so are relatives. She gaits normal...well, puppies can hop around and move funny until they get more coordinated. ;)

One reason we went with this breeder is her lines do have have that extreme rear or any of this going on.

Just curious.

Thanks. I can try to get a picture, but frankly, she will not stand still for a moment...always on the go! ;)

dogfaeries 12-07-2013 02:43 PM

Perfectly normal from what I've seen.

Luna'sMom 12-07-2013 07:38 PM

Thanks--not that I dont trust the breeder, ---just asking

JakodaCD OA 12-07-2013 07:55 PM

I agree with Diane:)

Puppies tend to be clumsy, off balance, look pretty funky moving, clutzy:) pretty normal

Liesje 12-10-2013 01:42 PM

Depends on the dog to me. I've seen some baby puppies that were so loose and/or so cow hocked, no way I would buy one. Yes, puppies grow and go through weird spurts, but I need to like what I see at 8 weeks. I feel like at that age, you actually can get a good idea of what you're going to get, in overall structure, angles, looseness/dryness of the ligaments and movement, bite/teeth. I don't really like to judge a puppy too harshly after 8 weeks until later on, but if I'm buying a pup from a breeder at that age, I would not take one if I already was hoping the puppy would grow out of this or that.


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