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Sparkles is 21 1/2 inches tall and about 56 pounds Her Mom was only about a 1/2 inch taller but a bit heavier, her grandma was almost her same size. They aren't small just right in the low side of the standard. I actually love this size as I can pick her up easily and put her on a table easy to wash and groom in the tub. Boots is 23 1/2 but is more the field body style not really heavy bodied. Tink on the other hand is going to be taller her mom is only about 22 1/2 Dad just over 24 but right now she is really leggy and built like a mini tank. People think she is about 7-8 months not 5 1/2 lol.


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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!
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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!
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.


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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.

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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.


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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.
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Don't be fooled by weight it is the genetics like MilliesMom said. Sparkles grew really fast then just stopped cold and filled out. Several of my puppies did the same they came from a quick growing line. But i had some puppies that just sorta grew really slowly and bloomed so to speak. I had a sheltie Broker that I swore would be tiny but he was with a 1/2 of the standard by the time he quit growing at 2 years. Look to the dogs behind yours to see where yours might go.


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Don't be fooled by weight it is the genetics like MilliesMom said. Sparkles grew really fast then just stopped cold and filled out. Several of my puppies did the same they came from a quick growing line. But i had some puppies that just sorta grew really slowly and bloomed so to speak. I had a sheltie Broker that I swore would be tiny but he was with a 1/2 of the standard by the time he quit growing at 2 years. Look to the dogs behind yours to see where yours might go.
Very true. Bella was 39 lbs at 4 mo, but has since grown only 16 lbs in the past 3.5 mo. She has seemingly stopped growing at about 55 lbs, but will likely gain a bit more, I suspect.


She does not look like the "big dog" many expect when they see her. I admit being surprised how "small" some of Cedar's show dogs looked in person. They looked bigger in photos, and I'm used to seeing huge Goldens around town.

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Me! Her breeder said Molly should end up around 55-60 lbs. At 11 months she is 51-52 lbs. I think it is possible she might end up being 55 lbs as an adult, but probably not 60. She is within standard height-wise though, at almost 22 inches.
There is a small, female Golden named Lucy that comes to our dog park. She just turned 2 years old. Her owner says she was the smallest in the litter, and when I first met her about a year ago was less than 50 pounds. Lucy is now 65 pounds, lean and about the fastest runner in the park.

Max is at the other end of the spectrum.
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ive got a pint size golden and i love it!!

she is about 53lbs and will be 3 in april
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There is a small, female Golden named Lucy that comes to our dog park. She just turned 2 years old. Her owner says she was the smallest in the litter, and when I first met her about a year ago was less than 50 pounds. Lucy is now 65 pounds, lean and about the fastest runner in the park.

Max is at the other end of the spectrum.
Yeah, but Max would probably win the race if they all had to carry a 20 lb log in their mouths.

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