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As others have said do not fret over her size. She is still young and filling out/maturing can add a good 10 libs. And remember some Goldens do not mature till they are 2 or 3 years old.
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Lyla is 10 months old now as of the 12th, and just before that she was weighed at just over 46 pounds. When she was a puppy the vet had estimated she'd be 60, but I definitely don't think she'll quite get there. I don't mind her being on the smaller side of things and I know she still has some filling out to do as she gets older, but I was just curious about other dogs that happen to be a little more...petite
Lyla and Aspen are only a day apart...Aspen turned 10 months on the 11th! Aspen is quite a bit larger than Layla...72 pounds. She grew like a weed, but has finally slowed down...I thought I was going to have a monster on my hands. Her mother and father are both around 70 pounds, so she's right on her genetic track. Do you know the size of Lyla's parents...that's probably a good idea of how big she'll be.

I wish Aspen were a bit smaller....I can't lift her anymore, so it can be tough getting her in the tub, car, etc. Goldens are all beautiful, no matter what their size or shade of gold!

Sorry...I know you were wanting to hear from others with petite dogs, but since our pups are only a day apart I had to chime in, lol.
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My son's golden is quite small in length but he is one of the most agile dogs I have ever seen! I think this is partly due to his small size.

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I've had girls on both ends of the standard, from Tango at 52 lbs to Acadia at 74. Right now , at my feet are Lushie at 64 lbs and Bunny at 53 lbs- both lovely golden girls.

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Rain is 55 pounds at almost 10 months, she is about 22 inches. she looks so tiny to me, but I guess she is within standard for both a Golden and a Lab (she is both), so I guess she isn't that small. But I was hoping for 60 pounds + so she is small to me :P
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I think our sense of size can get skewed by seeing badly bred and overweight dogs so often.
This is so true (holds true with people also )

My Kenzie is on the small size. I think she'll make breed standard, but will be on the low end. Her mom was just 1/2 inch into breed standard. Dad was smack dad in the middle.

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I think our sense of size can get skewed by seeing badly bred and overweight dogs so often.

Embrace your dog's smallness and don't stress about hitting a certain weight. Lean dogs live longer lives with fewer health problems.
I think you are absolutely correct, most people are so used to seeing overly large golden retrievers that they are surprised when they meet one that is breed standard. I don't believe goldens were meant to be 100+pound dogs.

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I can still hug and cradle her in my arms, so what? Lol.

I have also been told some foods can slow and stretch out the growing time too. Especially if there's calcium in the food, and the dog is absorbing too much of it. It's put in to stop rapid growing during puppyhood, but I've been told it *can* mean that they're growing for longer, and may stop growing at 3 years instead.

Which I wouldn't mind if that proves true for Jasmine. I adore her the way she is, but I would love for her to just be a leeetle bit fuller built. If not just to stop the disapproving looks that I have some "defected mutt/runt."
I still love to pick up Ellie and cradle her in my arms. I have not heard that about the food, although I think you may be talking about the slow growth plan. I just gave her appropriate amounts of a good quality food.

My usual response when someone is making disapproving comments about how small she is, "She is the size a golden retriever is *meant* to be". It is usually enough to stop further comments or her size.
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People see Molly and think she's a 6 month old puppy. I think she has the baby face to go along with it.

I love her size, she's within standard for height, so she isn't small, only on the smaller side. My bf especially, loves her size, because he's going to be the one who's gonna have to carry her back to the car if she gets hurt when we're out hiking. She's only 11 months though so she may continue to gain weight.


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Bella at 8 months

Our little girl Bella was 8 months old on Dec13.
She's just 47 lbs.

She was the smallest in the litter.
Her mother was petite also.

She is very fast & agile.

We expect her weight will be 50-55 lbs when full grown.

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Bella at 8 months

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