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Hello everyone:
I am new on this forum and as the title on this thread I am already stressing out. Here is the whole thing:

A friend of mine in Argentina have given me one of her Un Born Golden Retriever Puppies. I live in New York and I will be traveling to Argentina in December returning to the US mid January. The Puppies are due on August 23rd. On my flight back to New York I will be bringing the already (by then) almost 5 months old puppy and I can't seem to find the information on, at least, average SIZE (Height and Length) of a 5 months old Puppy in order to start getting ready for the trip.

I have to buy a Kennel but it seems that I can't find the correct information about the size in order to do it.

At Petsmart they have recommended me to buy a 28"L, 21.5H 20.5W... But I really can't picture the 5 months old puppy in it.

Anybody can help?!


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I don't have much to add, but Bo is over-sized. When he was 4 months old, he weighed 40 pound. I tend to think if your pup going to grow up to be average size, it should be about 35-40 pounds at five months.

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Maverick just hit 5mo and he weighs about 45lbs. In terms of height, I have no measurements.

He has a 36L x 24W x 26H crate that came with a divider. I plan to use this crate when he is a full grown adult and have heard that it is enough space. He has the full crate now, as I trust him at 5mo, but it really is more room than he needs.

I understand you're getting your Golden from a friend. Ask him how big the parents are and maybe some pictures (though it's hard to tell height and all that from them). It'll give you an idea of maybe how big your pup will be.
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Welcome to GRF. I second the idea of asking your friend the size of the parents--that's the best predictor of how big the puppies will be. There is a GR puppy growth chart which might help also: Golden Retriever Puppy Growth Charts

If you can do so, you might want to ask your friend about the parents health histories--if you poke around here under the health section, you'll see some of the things that breeders in the States will check their breeding dogs for.

Congrats on getting the puppy! Hope you'll come back and share pictures with us.
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Welcome! Sorry can't help you as we never crated but can't wait to see pictures of your little one she/he gets here.

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Welcome to the group! Don't want to throw a wet blanket on your plans but have you looked into the logistics of getting the puppy back to NY from Argentina? My husband used to travel to Argentina from NY occasionally and as I recall it is a very long flight with a possible stop in Miami. If you use the search function at the top of the screen you should be able to find threads discussing the problems involved with shipping dogs by air. If you haven't done so you should contact your airline to find out about their regulations with respect to crates etc. For myself it would have to be a very unusual circumstance to acquire a puppy from such a great distance.

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Hi everybody. Thanks for the warm welcome to the group and the best wishes. "The puppy" is now called Manolo. He is about to turn 5 months (on Jan. 28) and just 2 days from arriving to the U.S.
we have had a great time back in Argentina seeing Manolo grow... And Geez he have grown! He is 48lbs. And Huge! Well at least for us he is! I am now trying to find the best food for him and of course I look like a maniac turning my head to every brand and kind of food. Since he was burned he have been eating Royal Canin but a friend of mine which is a Vet advised me to change his food for something less fatty and high in proteins. So here I am checking prots. Carbs. And fat. If any one has an advice on food it will be awesome!

So without further ado... Here is Manolo! Click image for larger version

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Welcome Manolo. He is very handsome. We fed Max Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food, and now he eats Acana Wild Prairie. The Acana is high protein and grain free. Max ate the Eukanuba until he was about 16 months old.
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