Toorc the Dork
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Dogs Name: Toorc
Titles: Gentleman In Training
Dogs Age: 1 Year
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Hello everyone! I just had a question regarding the development of my little Toorc.
When his litter was born, he was the largest puppy delivered; but after a week, the puppies had to be bottle fed because mama developed mastitis. I didn't see the puppies until they were 4 weeks old and at this point, Toorc had dropped to being the smallest puppy, including compared to his sisters. I instantly fell in love with him the moment I saw him, and I was able to visit every week afterwards. Even though he always gained weight, he was still quite behind the other puppies.
At 8-1/2 weeks, I had his ears cropped and he came in at 13.7lbs whereas his brothers were between 16-18lbs. He is getting his sutures removed this Friday so I will see where he is at but I took him to Jennie's yesterday so she could see how he was doing and saw that his brothers are now like 3 times bigger than him. He is now larger than the girls but I am worried something isn't right with him.
I've had him since 8 weeks and he always has food available to him. He is an eating machine and loves to play and is incredibly active. he is never lethargic or acting out of the ordinary, just a regular playful puppy. He is on a mixture of dry puppy food, some canned puppy food on occasion and rice, veggies, raw chicken and beef when he doesn't play with it all over my living room.
Because he does act puppy-ish and eats a ton, I'm hoping I'm just over-reacting. He still is gaining weight so that calms me too but I know my previous doberman was 8 weeks when I got him and he was already 16lbs then... any advice or am I just worrying over nothing? Maybe he has a high metabolism?
Thanks in advance!