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Jun
02
2009

The speed at which a puppy puts on weight varies depending upon the breed of dog and whether or not it receives enough exercise or food. There are general puppy weight estimates you can use as a guideline for raising your puppy, however if you suspect that your puppy is either over or underweight, talk to your vet for a confirmation.

You can check out many different websites that have information on your specific breed of dog and how much he or she should weigh. Many sites publish a puppy weight chart you can use as a general guide. The weight of the dog is all determined on the age and size of the dog. If you have a large breed dog, you might notice their weight and growth to be fast. They should be getting the right amount of weight by a certain age, because for one bigger dogs eat more.

Many sites will publish a separate chart for each dog breed, or you can ask your vet for a puppy growth rate guide. If you are at all unsure whether your puppy is a safe weight, simply pop into the vet’s office for a check-up. If anything is wrong, your vet will be able to advise you of the proper foods your puppy should be receiving, and in some cases recommend a diet food brand or issue a nutrition supplement for under-nourished puppies.

Understanding the physical expectancies of your dog’s breed is the first step in preparing yourself for adequately meeting his needs, not to mention you’ll have a better idea of what to expect in terms of dog growth rate. It’s safe to say that smaller dogs will usually be fully grown around their first birthday, whereas larger dogs, like the Bernese mountain dog, can take 18 – 24 months to reach their full adult size.

To learn more about puppy growth and how to keep them on track with their right growth path, you should check out information for your breed of dog. The puppy one won’t be a puppy for long and he or she needs your help to get to the size you want them to be. The one thing to remember about puppy growth is all dogs are different and different breeds need more than others.