Originally Posted by GuliblGuy
Seeing these small sizes for grown dogs has me worried
Barley is already 48 lbs at 5 mos....we knew he would likely be big!
Barley has his own genetic blueprint. If mom and dad were big, he is likely to be big. He is also male, which tend to be bigger, and I believe most of the small goldens being discussed are girls. If Barley is fed a good quality food in appropriate amounts, the he will end up being the right size for him. Just as there are humans that are barely 5 feet tall and those that are over 6 feet, there will be goldens who are at the small end of breed standard and those at the top of the standard and a lot inbetween. There is very little you can do to change how big your dog will end up.
Originally Posted by Brave
I'm with you. Bear is already 33 lbs at 4 months old. I'm very anxious to see where he actually ends up weight-wise. Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
If you are feeding Bear a good food and in an appropriate amount, he is just the right size for him. There are lots of people on the forum with dogs on the larger size as well.