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Old 09-23-2005, 02:39 PM
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My new golden retriever puppy weighs 30lbs at 16 wks...is this normal? His paws are HUGE! The size of my hand! He's almost as big as my adult golden retriever, she's 4yrs and weighs 60 lbs. We're thinkin he'll be as big as his father at 90lbs! Or bigger? How much did your golden weigh at this age? I'll try to take some updated pictures of this big boy...He's also got wavy hair...is this a common trait for goldens? I know of only two others that have wavy hair and they are much darker than him(not that that has anyhting to do with it).
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Old 09-24-2005, 09:28 PM
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Sounds like you will have a "moose" on your hands in a year or so. I have seen a couple males with a recessive gene that surfaces and they grow to be over 100lbs and over 25 inches at the shoulder. In fact I was at a local dog festival in Ft Walton Beach Fla today and met two....one was 110 lbs and the other a solid 106 (not fat) and both 26 or 27 inches tall. Obviously over what the AKC would call "breed standard" but in doesn't change their personality. Still the loveable fur ball they'd be if they weighed 70. Cliff
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Our first Golden (Toby) was a HUGE boy. Seems like his breeder liked big goldens. He was 27" at the shoulder.

My little boy now (Mojo) is only 24" and 54 pounds. Mojo will be 7 this December. I loved them no matter how big or small. After all a Golden is a Golden is a Golden! All love!
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:37 AM
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I can't remember how much Woody weighed at that age, but I remember him gaining about 3-5 pounds per week those first few months, so he was probably pretty close to what your boy weighs. He is now 10 months old and weighs around 70 pounds. He is a big boy, and has quite a bit of growing left! I think it is all in the genes--what is normal for him is normal.

Mojosmum is right, they are all love, no matter what the size. When I am sitting on the couch, Woody will rest his whole upper body on my lap. I think that in his mind, he is still a little 7-pound puppy!
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...My little boy now (Mojo) is only 24" and 54 pounds...
Actually, you do realize that Mojo is not small at that height... in fact according to the breed standard he is near the top of the height standard for showing without incurring any penalties. Now I will admit he is a little light on the weight for his height (as far as the standard goes) but it really all depends upon his particular build.
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...I have seen a couple males with a recessive gene that surfaces and they grow to be over 100lbs and over 25 inches at the shoulder. In fact I was at a local dog festival in Ft Walton Beach Fla today and met two....one was 110 lbs and the other a solid 106 (not fat) and both 26 or 27 inches tall...
There are breeders who intentionally breed for a large Golden without regard to the standard. I too have seen some awfully large Goldens... one was almost 100-pounds but was also probably 27" and thus was NOT fat. However 3 other 100+ pound Goldens I've seen recently were not that tall (23"-25") and were just grossly over-weight... now that is a pity. Both height and body build will determine if a particular weight is healthy for your Golden.

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My new golden retriever puppy weighs 30lbs at 16 wks...is this normal? ...He's almost as big as my adult golden retriever, she's 4yrs and weighs 60 lbs... How much did your golden weigh at this age? ...He's also got wavy hair...is this a common trait for goldens?
And where puppies are concerned, I strongly suggest that its much better to be too thin than too heavy. Very young puppies (say under 4-months) should look slightly chubby and have some 'baby fat' but an older pup (especially between 6-14 months old) should be sporting the look of a gangly teenager... long and thin. The muscles, and thus heft, will come later as he matures into an adult, which many say takes up to about 3-years. Make sure you do the "rib/spine feel test" to be sure you're not over feeding your pup. I can't remember for sure, but I think our Sidney was in the 25-30 pound range at that age... and today Sidney is about 75-pounds and just barely shy of being 25" to the whithers.

Waves? ... our Sidney has some waves (we just love his waves and I sorta wish he was even a bit more curly) but I've seen quite a few Goldens with real curlie curls. Regardless of size or coat type, if they have that golden personality, then that's all that counts.
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I think the record I have seen with my own eyes was an 8 year old, 186 lb female who was about 24" tall. She looked like a sheep and wallowed like a walrus when she tried to get off the floor. She had lived with the same woman since she was a puppy so for 8 years she just overfed and underexercised the poor girl. Worst case of animal abuse I've ever seen. The happy ending was after 10 months in a foster home we adopted her to a forever home at 106 lbs and two years later she is still doing just fine.
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[QUOTE=monomer]Actually, you do realize that Mojo is not small at that height... in fact according to the breed standard he is near the top of the height standard for showing without incurring any penalties. Now I will admit he is a little light on the weight for his height (as far as the standard goes) but it really all depends upon his particular build.

Monomer - I think Mojo's height is perfect according to the "old" standard? As for his weight..................... I've always tried to keep him on the slender side. I've seen some pretty hefty goldens out there and it's such a sin. The vet we take him to is VERY pleased with the weight he has and since I feed him twice a day I know he's not starving. Now that the winter is coming I'll be increasing his food a bit to put a bit more fat on him. He likes to stay outside for a while during the day and since the yard is fenced and the sun comes around in the early arfternoon until sunset he stays pretty warm but a bit of extra warmth from the fat doesn't hurt him.
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30lbs at 16 weeks doesn't seem too bad. Rocky was 27lbs and 3 oz at 14 weeks, he's got HUGE paws. Everyone we see says he'll probably grow up to be really big.

His huge growing spurts seem to have slowed down though, at 6 weeks when we went to pick him up he was 9.5 pounds and at 10 weeks he was already 22lbs!
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...an 8 year old, 186 lb female who was about 24" tall. She looked like a sheep and wallowed like a walrus when she tried to get off the floor. She had lived with the same woman since she was a puppy so for 8 years she just overfed and underexercised the poor girl. Worst case of animal abuse I've ever seen...
That is a sad story but at least it had a nice ending (though I hope by now she is under 90-pounds at least). Its a wonder she didn't have major joints problems.

Mojosmum, have you ever heard of calorie restriction? Its a proven fact that any animal (human or otherwise) will live 10% to 25% longer by having its calories restricted. Your Mojo sounds like he will be with you for a long, long time... and I think you will agree that's a very good thing. All dogs need to add a little layer of fat before winter and to do this I've always fed our dogs (past and present) some extra Salmon oil and either corn or safflower or sunflower oil... though he gets these oils year 'round, I increase the quantity in the Fall and Winter months (by about a tablespoonful total). I wish I could balance those unsaturated fats with a little bit of saturated animal fat by I don't know where to obtain a safe source other than homecooking (example: store-bought lard contains trans-fats... really bad news for people and dogs).

Ooopps... got to go back to work...
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:23 PM
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Never did get as slender as we would have liked. However, at 8 we never thought she would survive the diet and exercise so I can't complain. She shows no apparent damage from her ordeal and gets around as well as can be expected for a mature woman of 70 (you know the old 7 dog years thing)
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