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8 week old golden retriever only 3 lbs

Hi everyone. So I recently bought a golden retriever from a family who recently had puppies. They didn’t seem sketchy however when I went to the house, the mother seemed very skinny. This encouraged me to purchase my little girl bella because I was worried she wasn’t being fed properly. I was very surprised over her size because she seemed very little for 8 weeks. I think it’s possible we took her home at 7 and a 1/2 weeks so by now she should be 8. I took her to the vet the same day and he said she was perfectly healthy besides being malnourished. (2.5 lbs) I’ve been feeding her some high quality food and she is now 3 lbs. however, should I be worried that she isn’t a golden ( she looks like one) or is it possible she is a mini. She has been very playful and is beginning to bark so it doesn’t seem like she is sick, but I’d love reassurance and advice. Thanks
The picture with Bella in my hands shows when we first got her, the others are more current
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She's basically the size of a 3-4 week old puppy. There's no such thing as a miniature golden; usually any dog marketed as such is a cocker spaniel mix. I'd suspect she's either not entirely golden, much younger than you were told or a combination of both. She looks like maybe a 5 week old, and a malnourished one as your vet said.

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She might be the rant but she looks okay. Definitely she’s a golden. But she doesn’t look like 8 weeks.


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Well she's cute as a bug with a darling little possum face... and she's now yours regardless of what she is. Enjoy this precious baby!
FYI I brought my golden home at 6 weeks and she weighed 10 lbs :-)
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I assume the vet ran bloodwork and a fecal? She is extremely small for her supposed age. I have seen Coccidia make very small puppies and, once treated, the pups catch up rapidly.

Whether pure bred or not, she is a cutie!

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There was another post a few months ago with a similar story and turned out the puppy was much younger than they were told. They adjusted the diet until all the teeth came in but at last post all was going well. Not everyone gives followups so can only hope all is well.
I can't help but be concerned for the momma dog. Anyway to help her out?? Would they be willing to work with a rescue group and get her out of this situation?
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Oh wow. She’s tiny. My golden came home from a reputable breeder at 8 weeks at 7.8 lbs. But she was one of 11 and all were on the smaller size weight wise. Being that you aren’t sure it’s a very reputable place you got her Id make sure her first vet visit is as soon as you can go. And make sure you get her checked for parasites, which they should do anyway.
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Hi there,

I have the similar thing, our little guy was 2.5 lbs and they told us he was 8 weeks. Long story short, no way he was 8 weeks, he tested positive for Parvo and Coccidio and spent 48 hours at VCA. Apparently once the parasites are treated, then catch up rather quickly. I too thought maybe he wasnt golden but i guess those stomach parasites can rob them of the proper growth, marry that with he is probably only 6 weeksish when we got him.
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Hi there,

I have the similar thing, our little guy was 2.5 lbs and they told us he was 8 weeks. Long story short, no way he was 8 weeks, he tested positive for Parvo and Coccidio and spent 48 hours at VCA. Apparently once the parasites are treated, then catch up rather quickly. I too thought maybe he wasnt golden but i guess those stomach parasites can rob them of the proper growth, marry that with he is probably only 6 weeksish when we got him.
Poor little guy. I am so glad he survived the Parvo. It's illegal in many states to sell puppies under 8 weeks old. I wonder if these breeders could be reported to some authorities, although I have no idea who.


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Poor little guy. I am so glad he survived the Parvo. It's illegal in many states to sell puppies under 8 weeks old. I wonder if these breeders could be reported to some authorities, although I have no idea who.
Here is a link to a site that states the laws regarding age of puppies at time of sale.

https://www.animallaw.info/topic/tab...e-sale-puppies

The buyer may have some recourse depending on what State they live in.
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