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9 months, stopped growing?

I know puppies will continue to grow for well past a year old, but we regularly weigh our now-9 month old pup and she hasn’t grown in almost two months. She’s about 35 lbs. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this a normal plateau or can we expect that she has gotten as tall as she will and will just fill out from here? Thanks in advance!
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5 month old goldendoodle for context, if that’s helpful!
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I dk how doodles typically grow. You might look on a doodle forum for that advice, since much of it might be dependent on parentage and whether they were standards or not, etc. Golden Retrievers @ 35# @ 9 mo I would be concerned personally.

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Oh, yeah.... mixed breeds could be all kinds of sizes big or little.

Was concerned thinking it was a golden retriever! Reason why you get purebred dogs is because you basically know what size the dog will, what it will look like, etc.

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Most pups have a growth spurt around 6 months then it really slows down at about 9 or 10 months. They do however continue to grow and mature. But most golden pups are closer to 50 lbs at 6 months.

JMHO 35 lbs is quite small for a 9 mth old golden, this is more the size of a cocker spaniel. I'm assuming you provided adequate vet care, free of parasites and healthy diet at the right quantity? How tall is your pup?

At 35 lbs at 7 months I have to wonder why you are just now curious about growth, think I would have been asking the vet questions months ago. How much did the pup weigh when you brought home, how old? Have you talked with the breeder?

My bad, just realized you have a doodle. My 1st question to ask the breeder is was the poodle a miniature?

Pics would help but what did the parents look like? Pedigree? Well bred pups usually follow their history. So really curious about the background.

FWIW you have what you have, if the pup is healthy and happy... well, love what you got.
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You really need to know what size the parents were. A doodle can be a mix of a Golden and a full size Poodle, or a miniature poodle. The parents size will most of the time dictate the puppy size. It wouldn't be a surprise if a miniature poodle - Golden Retriever mix was much smaller than a Golden Retriever.

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This is somewhat on the lines of a topis we were talking about a couple months back and Doodles and designer breeds. No matter what, when buying from a Doodle breeder there's no way of knowing much about how the puppies will look and their size. They do not breed true which means it's a box of chocolates. Plus I've seen Golden Doodle lines from a friend where miniature poodles were used 2 gens back and 2 of 6 pups were only 30 pounds as adults and the other 4 were all over 65 pounds. All 6 pups were bought by people who knew each other so it was easy to keep track of. Small breed dogs usually are done growing by 8-10 months, much sooner then large breed dogs obviously so it sounds like your pup is taking after the smaller dogs likely from the dogs behind (the pedigree) your dogs parents



I've also seen a litter of 9 and none looked the same and none looked quite like their parents. It's like being polymorphic, none breed true.

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For your next puppy you should think about the up and coming designer breed, the Goldenyote. Half Golden Retriever, half Coyote. Said to be incredibly healthy, doesn't shed, will live 20 years, and has no cancer and no disease.

Just make sure you don't have any small children or pets in the house. And your fence needs to be 11' high.


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