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Anyone else with a golden on the smaller side?

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
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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.
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Abosultely. Jasmine is 2 years old now, and while I was told she's at a pretty smooth weight and height, she still looks a little on the small side to me, and I just can't get over it. I think it's because I'm not used to girls so much as I am the Golden boys...

We use the metric system here, so her weight is different "numbers". A few weeks ago was 19.6kilos, which the vet found to be fine. For those not using the metric system, that's about 43lbs.

So between you two, Jasmine is much smaller it seems.
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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.
I was thinking Lyla might make it up to around 55 when she is older too. Molly is adorable, by the way.

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Abosultely. Jasmine is 2 years old now, and while I was told she's at a pretty smooth weight and height, she still looks a little on the small side to me, and I just can't get over it. I think it's because I'm not used to girls so much as I am the Golden boys...

We use the metric system here, so her weight is different "numbers". A few weeks ago was 19.6kilos, which the vet found to be fine. For those not using the metric system, that's about 43lbs.

So between you two, Jasmine is much smaller it seems.
She is a small one it sounds like! I had a friend over the other day who has a male golden, and he kept commenting on how small she was. Lyla is my first golden so she's all I have to go by, but I had expected her to be a bit bigger!
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As small as Jasmine is, she has a lot more pep and muscle-tone than Ori does, and from their backs, they're the same height, but different lengths and Ori is a lot "wider" as well as long.

Females are naturally smaller than males, but there are some variations on "averages" even between females, depending what's in their lines. Do you know if Lyla comes from American/English lines? I knew a breeder here who mixes a little bit of the American lines in with her English and her dogs (even the females) are much bigger than Jasmine. Though I don't know how much the line-cross is a factor.

Also, I don't see Jasmine becoming stockier now. She's very lean for her English lines, which has always confused me, so I think their may be American field-bred in her as well. She has a tiny waist, tiny torso (even though healthy) and a tiny head. Lol. I used to call Ori "fathead" when he was going through his awkward puppy phase. He grew into his, but her head is like half his size, it's weird because she still beats him in play. He looks like he could just lift a paw and push her over.
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My golden was 50 pds,at a yr old but added mass until she was 3 yr old,to reach 60pds.
She was considered a field golden so than are often lighter in weight compared to the show golden.
She kept that weight till the end of her life.
She was on the tall side(23in) but trim.
People are use to see fat goldens and I would often get the comment that she was small when she was,in fact,at her perfect weight cos she wasnt big boned.
Just to say that your baby is not done growing(weight wise).

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My Ellie is 2.5 years, and meets the standard for height at 21.5 inches, but is only 45 pounds. She maybe small but she is feisty, she had no problem taking down a 100 pound, 10 month old unneutered male GR at class, when he got to "friendly". We also adopted her mother, and she is the same height and 55 lbs at 6 years. I am always surprised at the number of people who think they are puppies because they are "so small". The next question is usually "they're not purebred are they?" It just makes me laugh, because people in my area are so used to seeing goldens that are much bigger than the standard, that they don't know a standard sized golden when they see one. I have noticed that Ellie, my smaller golden, is a lot more agile that the bigger goldens I met. She has no problem jumping out of a 36 inch x-pen, and can herd sheep, almost as well as her border collie friends.
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My cambridge, a feild golden, is small, 50 pounds.
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I am always surprised at the number of people who think they are puppies because they are "so small". The next question is usually "they're not purebred are they?"
I get the same thing too!

My grandparents visited yesterday, and without seeing Jasmine, they thought she was still a puppy - and they're used to having Chihuahuas. A get a lot of comments from people who say she doesn't look fully grown, or she looks too small and expect her to be some gigantic Great-Dane, or say she's a mixed breed.

So I can still hug and cradle her in my arms, so what? Lol. It comes in handy when I need to put her in the car, because she absolutely hates getting in. Fine when driving, and once on the seat...but just will not get in. We've have issues with parked cars on the side of the road on walks too. So, pick her up, plop her on the seat, and no back-strain.

Ori however, no way. At 50-55lbs and my small build - he'd break me. But he loves getting into the car - even when we're not going anywhere.

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."
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Don't forget that breed standard for bitches is 55-65 pounds, so at 55, a bitch isn't truly small. She's right inside standard. And, put on top of that the fact that dogs are typically not shown at super lean weights, so anything over 50ish, if the girl is lean, probably isn't truly undersized. 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.
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