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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Paw size any indicator of adult size?

I have always heard this....but started wondering if there is really anything to it. Neko is on the small side - 27 lbs. at 16 weeks, height about 19" at withers. But her paws are gigantic! She has been gaining about 10 lbs/month, so I think she's doing just fine growth-wise.
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Paw size really has nothing to do with adult size. Basset hounds have HUGE feet but they are short dogs. (THey are however heavy dogs.)

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I agree with BlackGSD on this one. It has nothing to do with how large the dog will eventually be.
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Nope...no correlation. As said above, consider how little bassets are and how big their feet are, vs greyhounds which are big dogs and have tiny little feet.
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Cyrus has very large feet and he is very much on the smaller size. At 8 months he is only 63lbs!!

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All of my puppies had what I would describe as huge paws. Only my last male actually got really big. In fact, my second female probably had the biggest paws and she was the smallest.

I agree, no correlation.

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This is for a lab, but he had HUGE feet as a puppy - estimates for his weight were for 80-85 lbs...he is now a whopping 60 lbs (he'll be 4 in Feb)
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This is for a lab, but he had HUGE feet as a puppy - estimates for his weight were for 80-85 lbs...he is now a whopping 60 lbs (he'll be 4 in Feb)
LOL sounds like Cyrus!!!

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Yeah I don't agree with that either. When I was little, we had a yellow lab that had MASSIVE paws...she ended up being the smallest lab I have ever seen She almost looked as if she wasn't a pure breed because of how small she was!

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haha i guess i'll be an exception here in that in my experience paw size has been a pretty good indicator of how big our dogs got.

1) first dog ever was a lab, got him as a puppy, had huge paws, ended up being a tall and lean 85lb dog

2) rescued a lab mutt, had very moderately sized paws, grew to be about 60lbs, just about what was expected

3) rescued a pure bred walker coonhound who was only about 2 months at the time. Had huge paws and grew to be a a lean and well built 80lb hound.

4) Now have a 5 month old gsd with huge paws, everyone comments on it, and on the day he turned 5 months he weighed 60lbs. So we still have to wait and see what happens with him.

When you post stuff like this you'll often get replies that concern only the extremes (its why no poll on the internet saying "Is Obama doing a good job running the U.S.? Click yes or no," is at all publishable, because only the extremes reply. So, likely, you're going to get people here saying either "my dogs paws were huge and they're a small dog" or "my dog had tiny paws as a pup and grew to be huge."

I would assume that the case is, in most instances, that a puppy will usually grow to fit their paws proportionately. BUT, big or small paws is operational to the breed. So, what's big for a schnauzer is obviously not comparable to what is big for a gsd. Maybe there is a real study out there that proves or disproves paw size as an indicator of adult size??

I know that for people foot size IS an indicator of height.

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