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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Is my puppy having weak hips.. or is it just thin

Winter is 50 days old male and weighs 6 kg . But I feel his waist and hips are too thin and weak.what is your opinion. Another thing I am curious is about his coat colour. His sibling is light Sable. I wanted to know if winter will also be Sable or some other colour. I bought it from some backyard breeder. Not professional one so I don't know his pedigree.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 01:05 PM
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He does seem a bit skinny for such a young pup. I think I am seeing his hip bones?

How much is he eating? 3 times a day? What are you feeding him?

He won't be a sable and maybe even will have a long coat? Bi-color or black and tan? They can change alot the first year with the black moving up the legs and more tan showing up (or not...).

What did his parents look like?

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Definitely won't be sable. He looks like he'll be a black and tan.


Those do look like hip bones. I would give him a bit more to eat - echoing MaggieRoseLee on asking how much does he eat now?


I don't think he has weak hips, but he may be wobbly for a while...he's a baby so I expect him to be a little uncoordinated.

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He looks black and tan but can possibly grow into a liver color it looks like, or that may just be the lighting. I feed my 13 week old Victor Nutra Pro 3 times a day (2.5 cups) and he is also pretty skinny so I keep upping the daily amount (just upped to 3 cups yesterday). At this point I think i would rather overfeed a little then underfeed. I do feed him all his meals by hand during training sessions so hes always working for something and keeps the food drive up.



Yours is under 2 months old so maybe wasnt weened properly? But he actually doesnt look too skinny. cant see the ribs in any pics, just doesnt have that puppy fat.



What kind of food do you feed and how much per day?
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He does seem a bit skinny for such a young pup. I think I am seeing his hip bones?

How much is he eating? 3 times a day? What are you feeding him?

He won't be a sable and maybe even will have a long coat? Bi-color or black and tan? They can change alot the first year with the black moving up the legs and more tan showing up (or not...).

What did his parents look like?
He is eating Royal Canin Puppy Starter 180gm every day. I feed him 3 times a day. I also feed him little rice with yoghurt (100gm).
One of his parent is Sable and I don't know about other. His sibling is growing fast and a Sable. In sunlight I can see lot of red shade in his coat hairs.
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He’s a great looking dog.
His legs look thick and sturdy.

What did the vet have to say about his size/weight?
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He’s a great looking dog.
His legs look thick and sturdy.

What did the vet have to say about his size/weight?
I haven't consulted vet yet. Today winter's height at withers was 37.5 cm and weighed 7.2 kg at early morning before having his food.
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An extra meal or increased portion would probably be good.

He is going to have a beautiful mask pattern on his face.

If you can let Winter run (off leash, free playing, at his own pace) on some big dirt piles or other soft surfaces with inclines, and swim if he enjoys it, that will help his paws, pasterns and legs develop and strengthen as he grows.
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An extra meal or increased portion would probably be good.

He is going to have a beautiful mask pattern on his face. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

If you can let Winter run (off leash, free playing, at his own pace) on some big dirt piles or other soft surfaces with inclines, and swim if he enjoys it, that will help his paws, pasterns and legs develop and strengthen as he grows.
Thanks for the suggestion. This is his latest pic. I feel he is having healthy legs but weak hips. Sometimes he slips and wobbles while attempting to stand up, especially on surface made of vitrified tiles. May be that's due to slippery surface and his age factor. More than his skinny appearance I m worried about unhealthy hips.
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