Can anybody give me information as to what exactly the runt of the litter is? Concieved later, just smaller, and maybe characteristic traits. We have just purchased a puppy who was the runt, she is beautiful and perfectly healthy, I'm just curious, and cannot find information of this subject anywhere. I would be very grateful if someone replied!! Thank-you for your time!!
Just a mix, her mother was a hound boxer mix, and apparently her father was a shepard. She seems perfectly healthy, she is 6 wks, and we had her weighed yesterday, 6lbs 10oz. I think she's going to be a big girl! But i really have no idea!
Runts are generally pups that were conceived later than thier littermates. Sperm stays viable in the female for a few days, so lets say most of the litter took on day one, and a runt may have taken on day 4, etc. Many breeders try to get three ties over a one week period (breed a day, skip a day, breed, skip, breed) so runts are fairly commonplace. I have never had an unhealthy runt, but do keep my runts until they are about 10 weeks (as opposed to 8 like thier siblings) so I know they are that much more developed. I have seen a few runts grow up to become champions, and others that grew to be just as big if not bigger than thier littermates. For the most part, they are perfectly healthy, normal dogs... just a bit behind in thier development in the first couple of months.
Runts are concieved/born last. I can't say I've seen anything health problem just because they were the runt. My dog was the runt (as was his grandsire) and he grew to be just as big as the rest of his littermates (bigger then some of them) and is also a Champion (as is his grandsire), I think he is probably the best dog that turned out in the litter by then I am biased....hehe. His son who is the runt is also my fav. he isn't the smallest of the litter however, him and his sister are the two smaller ones then there is one teeny tiny sister, think she is going to be small and take after her mom she already looks like her so much. In these last two weeks he's grown a lot catching up quick. He is definate one of my favs and looks just like his daddy.
Alot of people refer to their runt as their smallest in that litter. It does more refer to an unusually small pup for the norm. Health problems can be a higher risk, but most of the time it tends to be just delayed in development and need to be kept longer than the others.
Both of our mini schnauzers were runts, but they are both healthy (they are 5 and 6 years old now). The only thing is they are both a bit smaller than other full-grown schnauzers I've seen. Lacey is smaller all over, and Champ is thinner and more streamlined looking (other schnauzers look bulkier in the torso area). Other than that they've had very few health issues. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
My parents got a free calico b/c she was the runt and not expected to live, she did die 17 years later.... My lab mix I believe is the runt and she is 26 lbs at 4 months. Pretty cute and healthy if I do say so myself :)