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Old 03-24-2014, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was able to speak to my puppies breeder tonight. I didn't not get him directly from her so I didn't know this when I got him. Turns out he was not only the only Black and Tan in the litter of (I think she said 9), but also the runt. He had some immune system related health issues but seems to be back to normal now. What should I expect as far as growth and development? Is there anything I should be doing? He's about to be 20 weeks old and weighed in at 27lbs at the vet this past Thursday. Anything I can do to help him grow and mature into a normal weigh and size? Or is he always going to be tiny?
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He may still catch up. He will grow to the potential of his genetic blue-print. I wouldn't do anything special, just appreciate and enjoy him whatever size he'll end up.
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Love him and love him some more
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My "runt of the litter" pup, wasn't that small when I got her -- and she turned into a barrel chested tank! It was hard to keep her under 100#. Sooo he may stay smaller but he may not - My girl was not tall but she was solid... (see comment about tank).
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Sabi was the runt of her litter apparently, and she grew to be a moose! In working trim she was 82lbs and around 25-26 inches at the shoulder.

I have seen a good many 'runts' that grew to be bigger then their siblings, so I wouldn't worry. Keep him healthy and love him.
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I absolutely love him with my whole heart! He seriously has been the best pup I've ever met. He eats pretty good and he takes vitamin supplements every day. I guess time will tell his size! Thanks everybody!
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I think Dex was the runt of the litter, he was one of the last 3 left and was the smallest of the 3. He's now 30" at the withers and weighs 102 pounds. Somewhere between 5 and 7 months he grew every day. He's 14 months now and has grown 1/2 inch between 12 months and now.
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It had been my experience in the past that runts easily turn out to be the largest of the litters as adults when it comes to mixed breeds. Our current full GSD was the runt (only female) of a litter of 8. She was all of 4.8lbs @ 7 weeks. She is now 25" @ the withers and a lean 57.8 lbs. as of 2 days ago. She is just 1 year old so she will fill out as time goes by.
I wouldn't worry. Just love him and fed him well but don't over compensate and he will be fine what ever size he ends up. I think you will surprised down the road what a
"big" boy you will have.
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It had been my experience in the past that runts easily turn out to be the largest of the litters as adults when it comes to mixed breeds. Our current full GSD was the runt (only female) of a litter of 8. She was all of 4.8lbs @ 7 weeks. She is now 25" @ the withers and a lean 57.8 lbs. as of 2 days ago. She is just 1 year old so she will fill out as time goes by.
I wouldn't worry. Just love him and fed him well but don't over compensate and he will be fine what ever size he ends up. I think you will surprised down the road what a
"big" boy you will have.
Haha this statement cracks me up.
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My previous dog (a rough Collie, now living with my parents) was the runt of the litter of 6 pups. Based on the fact we wanted a male and a medium drive dog, we actually got to pick first out of the 2 suitable males. Interestingly the other male was the largest pup in the litter. My parents were dead set on getting him because the dog we had before that was very, very sickly (epilepsy, eventually kidney & liver issues, had to be PTS at around 8 years old) and they were convinced that larger pups were healthier.

When we went to see them, I fell in love with the runt. Yes, he was little, but he was REALLY feisty! Just ran circles around his siblings, was fearless and very outgoing. I knew immediately he was the one and it took some convincing but my parents finally relented.

Samson is now over 12 years old, so for a Collie, he is ancient and living on "borrowed time." He is now very slow and very deaf, but otherwise, such a joy. This is a dog who wasn't sick a single day in his life (despite us paying monthly for "platinum" dog insurance!). His older brother had lots of health problems and died two years ago. Samson is the last surviving dog from that litter and the best dog I've ever come across. If my new GSD puppy was half as great of a dog as Samson, I'd be thrilled!

So don't be scared of the runt, they can turn out to be the very best!
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