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We have a 4 1/2 month old Golden Retriever. We're told she is a "Field" Retriever which I guess means she's slightly smaller and skinnier than other Goldens? Her mom & dad were definitely on the lanky side & not as fluffy as other goldens I've seen. Anyways, she only weighs about 22 pounds or so & is fairly small. She's filled out her frame so I know it's not a food issue but she just seems A LOT smaller than other goldens her age. What do you guys think? Supposedly she's supposed to be around 50-55 pounds when full grown.

My main concern is that she wasn't the age she was supposed to be when we bought her. We got her from an established breeder & know others who have purchased great dogs from him but I'm starting to get suspicious! Does anyone else have a Golden that was around this size at 4-5 months?

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Samantha's always been on the big side and was around 60lbs at 6 months. Have you seen your vet yet? They should be able to give you a good estimate of her age and if her weight is okay for her frame. She may just be a little girl. My sister has a pure bred chocolate lab that's only 40lbs so I wouldn't worry too much, just check with your vet.

Good luck, others may have more insight!
 

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Thanks! Yeah forgot to mention vet says her weight is just fine so it's not a food issue or anything like that; she fills out her small frame. I just want to make sure you guys don't think she might be younger than we were told... starting to get paranoid!!
 

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Mine is just under 15 weeks and I think he weighs about 25-27lbs. Went to the vet about 2 Fridays ago and he was 22lbs then.

Sounds like you may just have a small Golden, and there is nothing wrong with that.
 

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When her coat grows in you'll be thankful for the smaller frame... it will mean less hair and your vacuum will thank you! It will also mean you'll be able to tolerate her on your lap longer before going numb. :)
 

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Sammy was always on the small side as she was growing. if I remember correctly she was approx 20lbs at 4 months or so (she is now 1 year 9 months and approx 53lbs)
 

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Darby (also field bread)is 23 weeks about 5.5 months old. Here are her weights from her check ups.
6 weeks 10 lbs
9 weeks 14 lbs
12 weeks 18 lbs
16 weeks 27 lbs
23 weeks 37 lbs
My vet is also happy with her weight as am I. Do you have pictures you could post?
 

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Darby (also field bread)is 23 weeks about 5.5 months old. Here are her weights from her check ups.
6 weeks 10 lbs
9 weeks 14 lbs
12 weeks 18 lbs
16 weeks 27 lbs
23 weeks 37 lbs
My vet is also happy with her weight as am I. Do you have pictures you could post?
Molly followed this almost exactly except she slowed down a bit; at 23 weeks she was 33 lbs and is about 35 lbs now at 25 weeks. She is not a field golden though
 

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My puppy is 4 1/2 months and just got weighed the other day at 28 pounds. She's supposed to end up at about 60. Since yours is supposed to be 50-55, I think that her weight sounds about right!
 

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There's nothing wrong with a petite girl. An adult weight of 55 lbs. is within the standard for females.
 
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My vet feels very strongly that it is so much better for your dog (like people) to be on the leaner side than on the heavier side. If she has access to adequate nutrition, I'd say you are safe not to worry :). But just like anything, you can ask questions here and people can share their knowledge and experience, but if you are ever having heartfelt concern it's always smart to have your vet take a look. Nothing like hands on opinion when you have a worry.
 

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I guess I have a little tubby . . . I weight Isla on Saturday aged 18 weeks. She was 18.2 kg which I believe is around 40lbs . . . . Who knows what size of monster she'll turn in to!
 

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layla was the runt in her litter , she is 7 months old and weighing in a 48 pounds, we feed her 2 cups 3 times daily, it could be just her parents were small and maybe she was the runt like my layla at 2 months she was 10 pounds i wouldnt be worried unless she stops eating. is she active?
 

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Our first golden was from field lines and was much smaller than the goldens who have followed in our family. He was never a heavy shedder, his coat was so silky and dark & he grew into one of the best duck retrieving/gun dogs I have ever had the joy of seeing. Love your little one, and enjoy. Our boy was heaviest the last couple of years of his life and made it to 53 lbs. He was a bundle of energy and full of love. I still miss him terribly though I have loved each of our goldens different personalities and body styles.
 

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I guess I have a little tubby . . . I weight Isla on Saturday aged 18 weeks. She was 18.2 kg which I believe is around 40lbs . . . . Who knows what size of monster she'll turn in to!
Mine's heavy, too...but she's just big, not fat. We are right around the same as your Isla. Aspen weighed in last week at 42 pounds at just over 18 weeks of age. Sounds like we both have big girls, Holly!

It's funny..we're in puppy school with another female Golden puppy, who is only one week younger than Aspen. She is only 22 pounds. So, one week older, and twice the weight. It's crazy how much Goldens can vary in size.

Aspen's mother and father both weight around 70 pounds, so I'm guessing that's where she'll end up. We shall see!
 

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My vet feels very strongly that it is so much better for your dog (like people) to be on the leaner side than on the heavier side. If she has access to adequate nutrition, I'd say you are safe not to worry :). But just like anything, you can ask questions here and people can share their knowledge and experience, but if you are ever having heartfelt concern it's always smart to have your vet take a look. Nothing like hands on opinion when you have a worry.
You are so right. Samantha has always been big but is the perfect weight for her frame. She weighed in at 80lbs at the orthopedic specialist who said her weight was great as she's so tall... and a week later at 74lbs at the vet, who also said she's a great weight for her frame (I think I should start weighing myself on our vet's scale... 6lbs. less would be great, haha). Anyways, it's the techs that always comment on how she's "overweight," but once an actual vet examine's her she's great. I guess what I'm trying to say is yes, leaner is better, at the very least you won't have to deal with techs that rely on nothing but the standard.

Every dog is different and being healthy is most important!
 

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They are all such different weights - we have lots of people saying how thin Ernie looks, but he is 21 inches to the neck and this morning at 20 weeks and 2 days is 43lb.

I have decided not to worry as long as he gains a little and is eating well and active as im sure as he gets older we will be doing all we can to stop him being over weight:)
 
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