Hi.. we just bought a bullmastiff puppy born July 1 2007 and he is the runt of the litter.. he is really small compared to his sisters.. (we picked him because we wanted a male) Im just wondering now if there is anyway i can tell he well be bigger or be smaller? his paws are just so small..
If he was born july 1st, that only makes him 6 weeks old. Too young to be taken away from his momma and littermates. I am surprised that they let him go at that age, especially since he is so small to begin with.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I have a runt in my current litter (bordeaux mastiffs) she was 12oz when she was born compared to the average 1 lb 6oz of the other puppies. She struggled quite a bit in the first 5 weeks but as soon as she could eat on her own she started catching up. 8 weeks old now and she has ben growing over a pound a week. Her feet are growing quite a bit as well. If you have taken him home he was let go to soon so be very wary about taking him outside. When you take him to the vet for shots, carry him, do not let him on the floor! You should suppliment his puppy chow with milk formula. IMO the best is K9 Puppy Gold. You can purchase it on line for the best price and larger quantity, but you can also get it at PetCo. Send me a PM if you need any help, hopefully the breeder who sold you the puppy has the knowledge to help you out and give good advice but if not, I'm here ;)
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)
Here's the lesson of the day folks... To produce an actual "runt" within most breeds is almost impossible. The term "runt" is a completely mis used and mis understood word. SIZE IS GENETIC. Red, what you are seeing with your smaller puppy in the litter, growth now, is typical. I actually teach my clients about "Size Genetics" and I use a puppy that we were unable to release until he was 12 weeks old. You all have seen my puppies, you see the size of them. This particular puppy at 12 weeks was barely over 4 pounds. Can you even imagine???? However, when he was 6 months old he was over 80. I have all the pictures I use with the educational information I give out. He was champion sired, his mother was out of standard for a Lab, so large, but he came from a litter of 10 and sometimes when you have a litter that size (or for other reasons) some of the pups just dont begin to grow until later.
With respect to the OP.. I completely agree, that puppy was released way too early, pups go home at 8 weeks and especially when they are small like this, a breeder would even hold him back a week (if not more depending on the situation) to ensure he's really doing well. Pending his health, and there is nothing else wrong with him (that will take time as he's just young) he should be fine with respect to size down the road. Always variables, always exceptions, but really size is not the issue, the issue is why the heck that "breeder" who is obviously not a breeder let that poor baby go so early.