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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Pup/dog growth after 12 months?

My young dog is now about 14-15 months old and I noticed her butt is again higher than her front like it was when she was growing. She also hasn't had her heat cycle yet which is later than other females I've had, and is a young 14 months, as they say...

She's perfectly healthy and active otherwise, but has also been extra hungry recently. She is a bit on the smaller side- at about 22/23 inches at withers and 50-55 lbs (it's been a bit since I weighed her), but very great jumper and nicely built. Super drives, real nice dog but I don't like to put any pressure on them until they are fairly mature (head and body).

Just looking for anecdotes really but have other people noticed female grow in height after 12 months? My big boy was just 77 lbs at 1.5 years and filled out to 95 lbs (muscle/bulk not fat) by age 3...but he didn't actually grow taller, I don't think.

And just curious too if the head size seemed to get bigger at the same time during a growth spurt?

Weird questions maybe but I'm just curious. She's like a kid in a growth spurt- a bit awkward, and ravenous.
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My young dog is now about 14-15 months old and I noticed her butt is again higher than her front like it was when she was growing. She also hasn't had her heat cycle yet which is later than other females I've had, and is a young 14 months, as they say...

She's perfectly healthy and active otherwise, but has also been extra hungry recently. She is a bit on the smaller side- at about 22/23 inches at withers and 50-55 lbs (it's been a bit since I weighed her), but very great jumper and nicely built. Super drives, real nice dog but I don't like to put any pressure on them until they are fairly mature (head and body).

Just looking for anecdotes really but have other people noticed female grow in height after 12 months? My big boy was just 77 lbs at 1.5 years and filled out to 95 lbs (muscle/bulk not fat) by age 3...but he didn't actually grow taller, I don't think.

And just curious too if the head size seemed to get bigger at the same time during a growth spurt?

Weird questions maybe but I'm just curious. She's like a kid in a growth spurt- a bit awkward, and ravenous.
I think they call it the "lanky adolescent" stage. Legs could be long and skinny-ish bodies and head size not appropriate to the rest of the dog, ear may be much bigger, etc...
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IMPE, I have found my males to top out in height and weight at about 5 years of age. That seems to also be the same time that they really get those big old heads. Now that has just been my experience.

I wished I had saved the article? thread? where German showlines and surveys were being discussed as there seemed to be a consensus among many breeders that the same dogs now at five years of age would never pass a current survey due to now being oversized.

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That's interesting. I generally thought my girls were done growing at 18 months or so but sometimes I look at my big boy and think, wow, that is a huge dog- huge head too! He is now 5 so likely topped out. Not the mammoth dogs you see from some lines, but at nearly 100 lbs certainly on the large side.

I hope her head gets a bit bigger- she's balanced now but I think she's still growing in body so am curious abut the skull/head. It does seem like in human boys, their heads get bigger somehow from age 18 to say 25 or so. Not sure if that is skull size- as in bones growing.
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While researching growth in dogs, I once came across an article that stated human skeletal growth does not fully stop until some time in the twenties. It sure makes a lot of sense to me.

I have usually owned males. I can't say for sure about females but I would guess similar but to a lesser degree. I have a female pup here now whose head is huge compared to her two brothers. I am real curious to see how that works when they are done growing.

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I have not even tried to measure Cava, she's a wiggly girl! She'll be a year and a half on 7/6, and I've been doing monthly weigh ins since we got her at 4-1/2 months old. I missed May, but on 6/6 she was less than a pound more than she weighed at a year old. She's been between 58 and 59 pounds since December. I expect she'll put on a couple more pounds as she continues to mature and fill out, but she's probably close to her adult size already.
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If our Sheba is any indication, then yes, they can grow taller after 1 year. Sheba was already approaching a whopping 29 inches at 12 months, (YIKES!) and in the past few months she has gained another half inch in height. Her latest bout of Pano (she's had 12 flare-ups to date) was at 22 months, and let's hope that it will be the last time she gets it... because Sheba is more than big enough... she already looks like a giraffe with those LONG legs!

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I got a chance to weigh her yesterday, and she is now at 57 lbs or so... last weigh in she was 52 if I remember correctly. She's lean and healthy so I think she is still growing, which confirms what I was seeing. Some dogs are slower to mature mentally and physically which is OK with me as long as they do get there. She's got great drives and work ethic, but I'm going to hold off putting much pressure on her until I see more maturity- physically and mentally.
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Please don't relay on Standard charts. Each puppy is different. My Male is 6 months old reached 65 cm but weight is as per standard guide 52 lbs. Its better to keep our Pets lean(not skinny) during puppy period.let them fill out once their Bone structure developed completely.
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