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Old 09-14-2007, 02:22 AM
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I know that different breeds grow differently and I know that in the Great Dane breed (the breed that I am most knowledgeable about) can have a runt of the litter end up outgrowing the other littermates to become larger in the end. When I read about Chihuahuas usually the runt is what the unreputable breeders call the Teacups. My question is can the runt of a chihuahua litter outgrow its littermates or do they commonly stay the smallest? I know that some chi pups follow the growth charts to a tea and with this would mean the smallest stay small, but I have heard some of you say that yours did not follow the chart. I was wondering if they started out tiny and then just shot up?
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Well I have 2 runts and they're pretty small. I imagine it could happen but probably not often.
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When I first got Tyson I took him to a friends house to show off the new love of my life And my friends mom fell in love with him and went to the same puppy store (this was 4 years ago when we had no idea that they're bad) and bought a chi. He was smaller than Tyson and she was told he wouldn't get bigger than 3.5-4lbs and he outgrew Tyson by at least a pound and Ty is between 6-6.5lbs. I don't know if he was a runt or not though so it's not exactly the same thing but getting a super tiny puppy doesn't necessarily mean anyhting, they can still grow up to be a giant chi But I think usually the runts stay somewhat smaller than the others and don't usually catch up.
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You are right, Yoshismom... like other breeds, the smallest in the litter can end up the largest. Puppies grow at different times.
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Thats a question I've often wondered about as I breed Great Danes and as you have quite rightly said it doesn't really matter how small they are at birth with the right care and feeding when they are adults you would never know they were the runt. Only the breeder knows because they cause that much more concern and are in our case anyway the ones that we watch the most closely x
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Baby was the runt of the litter, but she's 3.45kg now, (about 7lbs 5ish)

She was TINY when she was little. Hold on, lemme get a pic...



See, about 2/3 of the size - but when I picked her up at 8 weeks she had already grown bigger than some of her siblings, and was around the medium in size of the litter, and today, I only have one brother to compare her to, but she's bigger than him.

Runts are unpredictable!
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The runt of my litter is now not the smallest. He was born at 3.8oz.

Strange, isn't it?

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Priya was the runt, she was the smallest and still is . All the other puppies then were 2x her size and now they weigh 6-8 lbs. She is about 3.5-4 lbs. Depending on if she's used the bathroom or eaten recently lol
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