Remember, there are always exceptions to every "rule" as applied to any given dog or litter. However, for the most part, indeed to produce a true "runt" is almost impossible as size is genetic. Size of litter has so much to do with this as with any given large litter, all babies grow and develop at different rates. Some get more or less of mother's milk, some eat more or less as they wean. In the end, genetics take over and they grow into whatever they were going to be, a 5 pound dog, 10 pound, 50 pound, or even 100 plus. The pictures below are in order so you can follow along and see the development of this very loved, special puppy. Mom and Dad included.
Was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. I took him from the litter at a very early age and supplimented him rotating back and forth with mommy. I was so scared of loosing him. I dont think I slept for 2 weeks.
nope, not true at all. Had nothing to do with anything other then a larger litter, slower star, genetic size always takes over. :-) See this many many times with the larger litters. As do many others I know with many different breeds.
I agree completely. With the pit bulls, it is always the largest of the litter to go first. But the smallest will catch up. I had the same thing happen to me. Below is a pic of the runt of the litter. He was 9 weeks when we let him go ( to a friend of ours - no charge) and small, in the pic he is 11 weeks old and just blew up.
Awesome pups Savannah, you are the bestest. I need ur # so I can get some of your secrets off your butt...LOL
lol corgi, always works that way. Milo ended up being the 2nd largest pup out of the 10 as i know. The blue ribbon male was/is the largest at 110 today, but that's out of standard. Mom is out of standard at 105 for bitch, dad 95-100
Jackie, just a truly beautiful puppy.... that color is unreal!! I've never seen that color before today. amazing.
yes, out of standard and that bitch I mentioned, WAY WAY out of standard and not appropriate but not an ounce of fat on her body, just huge. Came from her pedigree too. I think Dad is actually about 90-95 now that i think about it, not 100, sorry but still big bone/substance, stunning show champion anyway, owner is one of the finest breeders of Labs in the country 30 plus years maybe more, so much respect for them!!! Not my doggie
I was talking to my breeder yesterday and he'd just come from the vet with his remaining 4 puppies. Three (including mine) happened to be among the 4 smallest of the litter of 13, mine being the second smallest and a nearly identical one being the "runt". One he decided to keep as a show dog, was born the second largest, a full 5 oz larger than the runt. When he had them weighed yesterday, my boy clocked in at 18.2 lbs, the largest of the bunch, the largest at birth was 16 lbs, the "runt" was 15.6 lbs and the other was 15 lbs. It appears that the "runt" is catching up very nicely and no one will be able to tell which was born the runt at this point. They are now 11 wks old.
what we all need to do is stop using the word "runt" instead just use the words "smallest in the litter".. runt is runt, but to produce a runt is almost impossible, can happen of course, but that puppy never develops properly or will sometimes but never ever is close to being the size it should be.
Beautiful pictures as always, Savannah. I agree that size at birth is not usually a determining factor when trying to predict adult size, however there are a few exceptions. I also agree with the term 'runt' being a misnomer in many instances, having found many of my pups who were smaller than others at birth catching up and overtaking the biggest of the litter, in some cases. It also can happen the other way round as well, the biggest puppy turning into an over sized whale, way over standard size for breed. If everything else is normal, meaning nutrition, lack of disease in both dam and pup, genetics decides the size of the dog.
Hey Jackie, lovely puppy, and I absolutely love the look of Sugar, what a beautiful kind face she has. As for holding Savannah's glove,I think she's got me confused with somone else. I'm busy revamping the old wheelchair, need more maneuverability.