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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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When do they stop growing?!

Let me preface this post with a bit of information about Baxter, first.

Baxter is about a year and a half now. He's just a touch over the standard heightwise at the shoulder, but not excessively tall. He has a visible waist tuck, you can see his last rib, and when you look at him from above, there is a slight inward curve near his hips, and he's fairly lean overall. All signs of a healthy weight.

I took him to the vet's office yesterday for a social visit, and he weighed in at 93lbs. I knew he was big. I wasn't expecting quite THAT much.

But my question is...When do they stop filling out, give or take? I know there isn't an exact time when they're totally done, but I just thought I'd check to see when, on average, peoples' dogs were done growing and filling out.

So, this isn't a brag about how big and tall my handsome boy is. I'd love him no matter what weight he ends up at, but I do understand that he's outside of the breed standard. That doesn't bother me, because it is what it is. I'm just curious when they're typically done growing.

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Can you get an exact measure of his height?

I like my dogs lean, Sin is going to be 3 next month and he is 28' at the shoulder (2 inches over standard) and 85 pounds.

They stop growing around 2 years of age.

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There's usually a small amount of "filling in" around the chest and shoulders and neck until around 3, but it's pretty slight. I have a feeling he won't get much bigger than he is now. Maybe 95 pounds instead of 93, but nothing drastic.


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I'll try to get an exact measurement when Sam gets home. Baxter's pretty squirmy when I try to measure him on my own - y'know. Trying to figure out what that weird thing is that I'm holding!

I definitely want to keep him lean - anything to help keep him around longer, keep weight off of his joints, etc. As his growing slows down, I've been cutting back on his food and gauging by his appearance and if he seems distressed when he's done eating.

I don't feel he'll get drastically heavier than he is now (thank goodness, he thinks he's a lap dog), but I was NOT expecting that kind of growth still!

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