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Old 12-31-2012, 01:15 PM
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I have 2 male chi puppies both are eating raw already (they prefer it over wellness kibble)
When I got them they were around 2 lbs each and it's 3 weeks later and my guess is they've almost doubled in size
Is that too fast?
I've heard that adult size is determined more by diet and exercise than genetics alone
My girls are both large chis and get a lot of exercise
So I expect the boys will be bigger also but I am surprised at the rate of growth
Any others raised raw fed puppies before?
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Diet and exercise will not play a role in adult size near as much as genetics. You really have to know the line of the pup to even come close. Even then your pup could end up the smaller of the line, or the largest. Growth rates won't really tell you much either. You could have an early bloomer, or late bloomer. The closet I've seen to accurate estimate of adult size is double their weight at 12 weeks, and add 1 lb. Or double 14 week old weight. That should get you fairly close.

Diet and exercise is very important. But your pups frame will not be considerably effected by it. It will determine a healthy, or unhealthy weight for their frame. 9 to 12 months of age, your pups growth plates will be closed, and his/her frame (height/length) complete. Significant growth is slowed around 6 months of age.
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^ What she said. I'm actually raising my first "raw fed litter" and they're growing like weeds. While we presume Dad was a yorkie (mom was a rescue who lived outside with other dogs) I really have no idea how big they are "supposed" to be; so I am just offering 4 raw meals a day; whatever they can consume in 10 minutes. The bone meal obviously takes them longer; but I let them gauge how much they need. The most important thing I think is just to weigh them regularly so that you can really track their progress. This is the guide I've been using and I think it's incredible.
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Diet & exercise will determine the condition & WEIGHT of your pups as adults...but not general size. I have raised pups on raw & honestly...I couldn't feed them enough--they were slower growing & in general I've read raw fed puppies grow at a slower rate. Are your puppies FAT or do they look at a healthy weight? If they are fat....cut back on their food. If they look ok keep up feeding the amount you're feeding. Pups do go through growth spurts though.
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No they're not fat at all
I feed them 4 times daily for a total of 8-10 ounces



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8-10oz each or combined between the 2 of them?
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Actually about 6-8 each
Only over that slightly when the get rmb



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I think that puppies grow fast for a good while.....mine was a smallish pup when he was whelped then big for 8 weeks then normal size at 18 months...
If I used the charts --
at birth he'd chart to be 2 1/2- 3 pounds as adult --
if I used the 8 week weight. he'd chart to be more than 7 pounds.
the actual adult weight is 4 1/2 pounds

My point is when he was having growth spurts--he grew quickly. They do slow down. I fed him as much as he'd eat as a baby...maybe at 4 months or so I stopped the "free feeding" and went to meals offered.
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