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Caraline
26th May 2007, 05:26 AM
I've been plotting Beau's weight on a graph since we got him at 8 weeks. He is now 21 weeks and the line on the graph is steadily climbing at a constant rate. He is now 7 kilograms and I am wondering when the curve will start to flatten out. He isn't fat, but he is taller than his litter mates. I just though his growth rate would have slowed down by now. :shock:

danalynn
26th May 2007, 06:26 AM
Caraline,
I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm wondering the same thing!! Teddy is now at 24 weeks and a few days ago at the doctor he weighed 13.7 lbs (6.23 kilos). He was over 11 lbs at 17 weeks, over 8 at 14 weeks and 6.4 lbs at 10 weeks. He is only 3 to 3.5 lbs away from my 3 year old, Colin!

Teddy is not fat at all either; he has a definite waistline.

Caraline
26th May 2007, 06:54 AM
I read somewhere else on the forum that as a rule of thumb the boys are around half their adult weight by the time they are 17 weeks old. Beau was 5.6 kilograms (12 lbs) at that time. I sure hope I had weighed him right after a big meal :confused: Going on that he's destined to be a thumping 11 kilograms (24 lbs). That seems awfully big for a Cavalier.

And your Teddy maybe is destined to be about 22 lbs?

Nisha
26th May 2007, 10:07 AM
He is now 21 weeks and the line on the graph is steadily climbing at a constant rate. He is now 7 kilograms and I am wondering when the curve will start to flatten out.

hmm well my boys are approx 7 kgs and they're a year and a half!

Karlin
26th May 2007, 10:12 AM
They tend to grow quickly up to about 6 months and then it evens out and is more gradual. I found Jaspar was probably about 2/3rds his final weight by about 6 monthsand gained the rest up til about age 12 months. Then he filled out slightly but it didn't add a lot of weight. He's a fairly lean dog though.

vanessa0305
26th May 2007, 12:40 PM
I found that Bailey grew steadily until about 6 months and then slowed till around 9 months but has been about the same since then. He is now a year old and about 5 1/2kgs.

Lani
26th May 2007, 12:44 PM
Lucky stopped at about 7.5 months. He's nearly a year now & hasn't gained anything since then ... He's about 17.5 lbs now

Caraline
26th May 2007, 01:28 PM
Oh thank goodness! So maybe Beau will start slowing down in 3 or 4 weeks. I sure hope so. I was starting to think he was going to outweigh the Boxers :o

Lani
26th May 2007, 01:29 PM
I know ... I was pretty relieved too ...

Every Cavalier is different though as you've seen ... here's hoping that yours is more like Lucky!! :xfngr:

Angel
26th May 2007, 03:02 PM
Scooby is about 9.2kgs at the moment and his only just over 6 months old! I asked the vet if it was okay and whether he was getting too heavy. But they said that he still has a distinguished waist line and his ribs are still palpable...may just be a big cav.

danalynn
26th May 2007, 04:18 PM
Lani - let's hope this little ruby follows Lucky!

If we follow the 16/17 week rule, Teddy will be around 19-20. Maybe he is just an early bloomer ;)

Caraline - we'll have to compare where Beau and Teddy are in a couple of months to see just how big they get.

KingstonsMom
27th May 2007, 10:46 AM
Kingston is 13.2 pounds at thirteen months old. He's a little guy. I wonder if he'll grow much more.....

Caraline
27th May 2007, 11:43 AM
Caraline - we'll have to compare where Beau and Teddy are in a couple of months to see just how big they get.

Yeah, lets do that. It will be fun.:D

Jessieca
29th May 2007, 07:13 AM
Well, for us, Bailey was *I think* about 13-14 lbs at 6-7 months, and then slowed down a lot after that. He has been 18 lbs for almost 3 months now, and he is going to be 1 in just 2 weeks.

Cathryn
29th May 2007, 01:51 PM
As a general rule they tend to make most of their adult height around 7-9 months old and then gradually fill into that frame over the next 12 months. It can take about 2 years for them to fully mature but generally the height they are at a year is their height for life! Most of mine are at the 15-17lb mark.

danalynn
5th August 2007, 08:08 PM
Caraline -
What is Beau's weight and age now? I thought we'd compare from a couple of months back. Teddy sure has slowed down dramatically.
At 24 weeks (around 5.5 months), Teddy was 13.7 lbs. Now at 8 months he only weighs 14.7 lbs (6.7 kg)!

Everyone -
How has your baby grown since our last post in May???

Caraline
6th August 2007, 11:24 AM
Hi Dana

I am glad you resurrected this thread because I've also been meaning to. Beau is now 7 1/2 months old and weighed 8.5 kilograms (about 18 lbs) this morning. He has been about this weigh now for the past 4 weeks.

Beau is not fat, but he is considerably longer that some of the other Cavaliers we have been meeting. Our 2 year old Sonny who we adopted from the same breeder is a little longer than average too. The breeders had high hopes in the show ring for Sonny, but his length came against him.

I'll get my camera out in the next couple of days and post up a picky to share. :snap:

lb0024
6th August 2007, 09:36 PM
Oh, I'm glad this thread was resurrected, too, because I was thinking of starting one. :D

My Molly was 17.5 lbs last time I weighed her (10 days ago?) and she is 8 months old. Like Caraline's pups, I think Molly is longer than average. Want to try to measure for comparison?

I'll try taking a photo too.

-laura

Kelly
7th August 2007, 10:14 AM
Chester is a year in a couple of weeks and weighs 20lbs. He hasnt got any fat on him, you can feel his ribs without pushing & he has a defined waist but I think he is just a lot bigger than what people imagine a Cavalier to be.

I think people assume they will be small like the King Charles.

People are always commenting on his long legs..... wish I had the same problem!

Caraline
7th August 2007, 11:26 AM
Want to try to measure for comparison?

I'll be in that. What & where do we measure? We'd have to make sure we have our dogs in the same position & measuing the same bits. :lol: I haven't a clue how one measures a dog length.

lb0024
7th August 2007, 05:26 PM
I'll be in that. What & where do we measure? We'd have to make sure we have our dogs in the same position & measuing the same bits. :lol: I haven't a clue how one measures a dog length.


Me neither! Guess we can make it up on our own. :)

I was thinking it would be hard to get Molly to stand still long enough for me to measure her while standing :dogwlk: so maybe I should try to measure her while lying down. But sometimes she lies stretched out and looks a lot longer than when she lies kinda curled up!

Okay, I guess I should have thought this out more before making the suggestion (LOL), but I'm gonna try for measuring her while standing still :xfngr: and I'm going to measure from withers to rump. How does that sound to you? If you'd prefer another type of measurement, I'm flexible. Or if anyone else has ever measured their dog's length and has suggestions, I'm open to them!

Will report back as soon as I get the measurement!
-laura

danalynn
8th August 2007, 06:57 AM
I'm game! I know that withers are, but where are you measuring to on the rump? Are you using the bone or going all the way to the tail? I'll try and measure him when he is standing. Right now he is curled up like a ball sleeping :) I'll shoot for the morning.

alevrob
8th August 2007, 07:35 PM
I measured smudge standing .....put a book on his back measured from front paw (on floor ) up to book 39 cms.Length normal stance from back of his collar to base of tail 510 cms. Weight is 13 k. yes he is big but a lotttttttttttt lighter than when he first arrived here 2 years ago and could not walk round the park.
alevrob

lb0024
10th August 2007, 08:10 PM
Oh! I forgot to post this... I very unscientifically measured Molly and came up with 16 inches "eyeballing" from withers to rump (stopped at base of tail). It's not easy measuring a standing dog from above!

So I think I might try the "book method" described in the previous post and see if I get a more exact read. I'll report back.

By the way, can anyone tell me what 510 cms is in inches? I just tried converting it via a online tool and it said 200 inches. I don't think that can be right!!

FYI, Molly weighed 17.5 lbs a couple of weeks ago.

-laura