When checking out puppies for sale in Inland Empire, it is usually hard to choose one as they all look so cute and adorable. But your new furry buddy won’t stay small forever, unless she’s a teacup breed. It helps to know when your pet will reach full-size so you can plan for her needs accordingly. For instance, you may need to predict your pup’s final size when:
- Shopping for a crate
- Considering splurging on a cozy bed
- Buying a collar that your dog won’t grow out of
- Choosing their diet
- Planning their exercise program
Small dogs mature at a different rate from the larger breeds as follows:
- Toy to medium-sized dogs
Teacup puppies usually reach their full maturity fastest among all dog breeds. Toy breeds such as Pomeranians and Chihuahuas typically reach their full size at the age of 8 to 12 months – with proper nutrition. Corgis, Beagles, and other small-to-medium breeds follow a similar period. During this period, your toy puppy will shed her puppy fur and grow her adult fur, and also reach her full height and weight.
Perhaps because of their vulnerability, small breed puppies also mature emotionally and sexually sooner than the larger breeds.
- Medium to large breeds
Breeds in this category include Golden Retrievers, Labs, and Collies. The reach their final height and weight several months after teacup breeds, at around the age of 10 to 16 months. Because of their larger size and fairly fast maturity, medium breeds should be provided with proper nourishment in their first year. Timely veterinary visits are also important.
These breeds have a much bigger mass to build, and often weigh 50 to 100 pounds at adulthood, compared to 10 – 50 pounds for the smaller to medium-sized breeds. Naturally, they require more time and food to get there.
- Giant breeds
Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, and other giant dog breeds also mature between 10 and 16 months, with some taking as long as 18 months. These breeds can weigh over 200 pounds when they reach adulthood.
Because of their rapid growth within the first year, they also need specially formulated diets. It is best to moderate your large puppy’s feeding habits to avoid very fast growth as it could impact her health.
A few Exceptions
You can easily categorize your purebred puppy in any one of the three groups to prepare her diet and exercise routine. But if you have a mixed breed, it can be harder to predict her size. Try to trace the dog’s background, especially the female parent, to determine the likely final size of your mixed breed puppy.
Another general rule is to double their weight at four/five months to determine how much they may weigh as adults.
Keep in mind that young puppies are very active. Their diet will not only be developing their bodies, but also fueling their play and other activities. Consult your vet for tips on feeding your growing puppy breed.
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