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Hello everyone! I am fairly new to this forum and was looking for a little bit of info . I recently got a Red Female Doberman named Layla who is about 18 weeks today. The reason I am posting is because she weighed in at just about 25lbs and I was wondering if this was too light. She eats anywhere from 3-4 cups a day depending on her level of play/exercise that day. Do I need to change anything about her diet or is here weight right now okay? Thanks guys!
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The number isn't too important - all pups grow at different rates and with a dog that's going to end up pretty big, it's better to keep extra weight off them anyhow. I'd go more by how she LOOKS rather than the number...

If you post pics, it'd be easier for people to say whether she's a healthy weight or not

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I am going to say yes, a little small. Our boy came home at 7 weeks weighing almost 20lbs, then gained 10 lbs per month until 6 months old. He gained weigth slow and steady there after. 3-4 cups is a lot of food I feel... Our boy is 9 months still only gets 3 cups per day.

What are you feeding her? Have you spoke to your breeder?

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What does your vet say? If her development is delayed there can be an underlying medical condition, like a liver problem (not to scare you!). Best to have her checked over by your vet if you haven't already.
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Hello everyone! I am fairly new to this forum and was looking for a little bit of info . I recently got a Red Female Doberman named Layla who is about 18 weeks today. The reason I am posting is because she weighed in at just about 25lbs and I was wondering if this was too light. She eats anywhere from 3-4 cups a day depending on her level of play/exercise that day. Do I need to change anything about her diet or is here weight right now okay? Thanks guys!
My latest bitch weighed 25lbs at 14 wks. At 18 wks she weighed 30lb. Girls do not put on the weight at the rate males do.

Lana stands 25.5" tall and weighs 54lb (as of last Tuesday). She is 2.5 yrs old and would be close to her final mature weight. The standard for a doberman has a female standing between 24 and 26" tall. Yes, Lana is light-boned - she is a performance dog and lighter is better for her sport. She will have much less wear and tear on her joints - I keep her on the thin side - I want to be able to see her last 2 ribs (sort of) when standing. She has good muscling to propel her. In competition "barrel-racing" last night, she was in the top 3 for each event out of 20 dogs - BCs, 1 Kelpie, Aussies, 1 Catahoula, BC mixes, etc. My Kelpie bitch won one event -


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I agree with BFL too, what you are feeding her is important. 4-5 star quality food, all life stages or large breed puppy is what is recommended on this forum. Or raw, which is another great way to go (I'm wanting to transition my pets, myself)
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Earlier this year I changed my girl's dog food and she finally started to gain weight and build muscle with a great quality food. I do agree that food can be a vital piece to the puzzle.


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I've been wondering the same thing about my 21week old. She's on great food since 8 weeks and has always been on the small side. She's 36Lbs at 21weeks and gains 2Lbs. Per week. I wonder if she will ever catch up or just always be small, which is okay too.
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Tough to call but I can appreciate your concern. My girl is now 6.5 months and 45 lbs. She's still on the lower end of the range but I'm relieved that I likely don't have a dwarf - lol!

I rescued her at 6.5 weeks and have no knowledge of her dam/sire so it has been wait and see for us. She stayed small for the first 4.5 months but has started to develop nicely as of late. Just make sure she is in good health, eating good food and let nature take her course
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If she is in good weight and is healthy, her weight doesn't really matter. Feed a quality food, keep her fit and have fun with her.
My 11 week old eats about 4 cups a day right now. They are all different, grow different and need different amounts of food.

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