Our 3 mo old pup walks like this as well. I think it could be clumsiness, but I notice your pups hind legs are a bit bowed, as are our Alex’s. We’ve only had him a week and switched to taste of the wild puppy kibble. His shine and softness of his coat has improved so much. I’m hoping the better food will get him the correct amount of nutrients he needs so he grows out of the bowed legs. His front are only very slightly knuckled over. Again I hope diet corrects this. I’m going to give him vitamin c as well since I read a few vets recommended that.
About your puppy and what you think are bowed hind legs--at 3 months puppies don't have a lot of muscle in a variety of places--one of the places is the inside of the hind leg at the upper and lower thigh--this will give the appearance of a bowed leg--another several months and you'll generally find that the leg no longer looks bowed because the inside of the leg has started to pick up the kind of muscle you see on adult dogs.
Also you say his front is only slightly knuckled over? I know a number of first time large breed puppy owners look at the bone at the carpus joint (knee) and because it is large because it's what he'll grow into--think that this is the knuckling over that gets talked about. It probably is only the normal large bone at the knee of a large or giant breed.
Been doing a lot of research too, lol. Glad I’m not the only one. Plenty of people suggest adult food with lower protein, but I read a column from a dog nutritionist that had cited clinical studies showing that high protein does not cause knuckling or bowed legs. To a non expert person like myself, lower protein makes sense, but it simply isn’t true to the data. He said to keep on high protein, quality puppy food for all the other ingredients that a puppy needs.he suggested large breed, but from what I’ve gathered TOTW is great for large breed even though it isn’t specific for them only.
See the information about the 'look' of bowing and knuckling in the paragraphs above.
The main thing that causes bowing is nutrient imbalance and access weight or over excursion/running. Alex was the biggest by a small margin but definitely the chubbiest, so I’m trying to lower is body fat a little by not overeating and giving carrots as snacks instead of treats. Hopefully that baby ball of pudge on his chest burns off a bit and the tuck of his belly becomes more pronounced with less fat on the ribs. That’s my 2 cents and my very first post. I have gotten a lot of insight from this page. Glad I signed up
Glad you signed up too and as far as baby fat goes on puppies at three months they should be a little chubby. I think Melbrod commented on this too. When puppies grow--they go from chubby little guys to tall lanky guys in a matter of days and suddenly from chubby they end up looking like you haven't been feeding them. I look at puppies daily to see if they need more or less food. And I stick to food formulated for dogs (either ALS--all life stages) or an appropriate puppy food (usually large breed would be the best) If you are concerned about giving too many calories in treats I'd suggest that you measure out his daily food and take some of the kibble and reserve that for treats rather than feeding him carrots at this stage of his life.
Puppies like babies change shape as they grow from babies to toddlers to adolescents and you can't expect a puppy at three months to have the muscle and shape of a puppy at 6 months. Just something to keep in mind.
It’s been a couple months, so I’m wondering if you have an update?
An update on the puppy whose sloppy gait started this thread? Or?