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kimber772
3rd February 2009, 05:24 PM
My 2.5 year old male weighs 22.5 pounds. I thought they were supposed to be a bit smaller. Just wondering if he is a little overweight.

Shivers
3rd February 2009, 05:51 PM
I think the breed standard is approx 12lbs - 18lbs. Plenty of dogs will be over or under this. I think the main thing is that he doesnt get very overweight as this can cause a potential health problem, especially with cavaliers being so prone to heart murmurs. I am sure you will know by your own dogs health and wellbeing. You could ask your vet for advice if you are very concerned. Some dogs, like some people are just a bit bigger than others.

Prince is approx 26.5 lbs and Belle is approx 13lbs. Prince is quite overweight but I think he is just big for the breed anyway. He has lost a few pounds since Christmas and we are starting to see a waist :p I just reduced his food portion by about a third. I also feed him separately to Belle to prevent him from eating her food as well as his own. I have cut treats way back and now give him apple pieces as treats. Plenty of walks as well. He has loads of energy for a bigger dog so thats good.

laram
3rd February 2009, 06:04 PM
Sammy is exactly the same - 22.5 pounds at 2 1/2 years. I've also been surprised at how much he weighs, but he's not overweight at all IMO. He has strange measurements for a cavalier as well - slim with a very long back. Coats made for daschunds (sausage dogs :)) tend to fit him, apart from the legs of course...

Mindysmom
3rd February 2009, 06:29 PM
Mindy will be 11 this week (wow where does time go?). She weighs 20 lbs our last time at the vet. She has been on a diet and exercise program. I think she could get down to 18lbs but I really can't see cutting down any more on her food. I don't think she is too bad. I can feel her ribs and see a bit of a waist.

Max is just 4 months and weighs 13 lbs! I think he will be a big boy. Both of his parents were between 15 and 16 lbs but I don't see him stopping there. At the moment his body is quite long and slim - he has some height to gain so who knows?

petcrazyme
3rd February 2009, 06:39 PM
My 11 month old is only 11.4 lbs. I was told to expect her to be about 15 lbs. I wish she was a bit bigger but I do like the fact I can easily carry her around if I need to.

She too has a long back. As a puppy many people thought she was a dashund ..she's b&t.

jasperpaw
3rd February 2009, 08:13 PM
Jasper who is nearly 9 yrs was weighed at the vets last week and is 20lb, I was quite surprised by this as he certainly does`nt look it, the vet did`nt say he was overweight but I have always been very careful with him and I certainly would not want him to get any bigger because of the heart murmur, he is quite long legged compared to some cavs.

heather r
3rd February 2009, 08:19 PM
Abigail who is not quite 7 months weighs in at a whopping 10.8 pounds. Both vet and breeder expect her to be about 13- 14 pounds when fully grown.

Heather R

brotymo
3rd February 2009, 09:38 PM
Petcrazyme and Laram,
Both of you have whole colors and mention their longer backs. My breeder and I were discussing the differences in whole colors and particolors, and she said that one goal of breeding the whole colors to the particolors was to try to shorten the topline of the whole colors. She said that a longer-than-ideal topline is a common "problem" with whole colors. It was interesting to hear you both make that observation in your own dogs.

Ejay
3rd February 2009, 10:25 PM
Well, my Bailey is 10 months old and weighs a very little 3.9kg, which is about 8.5lb, the vets don't think she'll grow any more as she's been poorly. Everyone mistakes her for being 4-5months old.... she is cute, but i do wish she'd grow just a little more

LucyDog
3rd February 2009, 11:05 PM
Lucy is a little over 19 lbs. She was up to 21 lbs but the vet suggested she lose a couple of pounds. Her waist is definitely visible now although I still think she could be about half a lb. lighter. It's hard though because she absolutely LOVES food! Adding the raw veggies to her diet is definitely helping.

It's interesting how much variance there is in weight between different dogs even from the same litter. My friend/neighbor owns one of Lucy's siblings and Shelby is only 11lbs. The breeder told me that she has seen photos of the two other puppies from the litter and that one looks like just Lucy and weighs like 20+ lbs and the other looks like Shelby and weighs about 12 lbs.

Here's a picture of Lucy and Shelby side by side...can you believe they are sisters?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3250925821_e80eb5baf4.jpg

Charlie weighs 8 lbs now at 3 months but from the looks of his head and paws I would guess he will be on the 20lb+ size as an adult. He's a big boy!

diddy
3rd February 2009, 11:15 PM
Amber 11 months 12 lbs (looking a bit in the skinny side at the mo)
Bobs 22 months 18.5 lbs ( looking a bit tubby, needs to lose the .5).

*Pauline*
3rd February 2009, 11:22 PM
Dylan is under 7 Kg that's about 15lb. I'm very happy with his weight.

Aimee, your dogs are beautiful.

petcrazyme
3rd February 2009, 11:26 PM
Petcrazyme and Laram,
Both of you have whole colors and mention their longer backs. My breeder and I were discussing the differences in whole colors and particolors, and she said that one goal of breeding the whole colors to the particolors was to try to shorten the topline of the whole colors. She said that a longer-than-ideal topline is a common "problem" with whole colors. It was interesting to hear you both make that observation in your own dogs.

Very interesting! I don't see many of these dogs so I haven't made that connection. Perhaps I'll keep my eye open to that when I attend a local Cavalier Romp ...I've only attended one before I got my cav. I do know there were several B&Ts so it will be interesting to see.

cy1266
3rd February 2009, 11:30 PM
I just weighed my boys last night...Miles (almost 2 yrs old) is 18.5 lbs and Truman (just over 1 yr old) is only 14 lbs! I thought he was 16, he doesn't seem that much smaller than Miles, but maybe it's because he's such a little furball :confused:

chloe92us
3rd February 2009, 11:47 PM
Ollie, 1.5 years, 19 pounds
Casey, 5 years, 24 pounds (could maybe lose 1 lb)
Winston, 3 years, 36 pounds!!!!!! (could *maybe* lose 2 lbs)

Honestly, I prefer them larger than standard because I have a toddler.

Winston is my rescue, and he looks like a mini st. bernard!

As a side note, Ollie is my B/T and he definitely looks part hot-dog, very long back and leggy. Still waiting for him to look like an adult and not a pup. He also has very short fur.

cecily
4th February 2009, 12:28 AM
Dora is a petite 13lbs (5.9kg) and Dougal is a slightly porkier 21lbs. Dora is a lot smaller all over though. Dougal I suspect may be slightly over the breed standard sizewise. Although he's a far cry from skinny he definitely has a noticable waist and a concave belly (if you can find it under the hair!!). There's such a variety in size and metabolism, just like humans. Dora could gorge herself and never gain an ounce where as Dougal definitely has the fat gene and can balloon on tasty smells alone ;) :lol:

Brenda in SC
4th February 2009, 01:33 AM
Rudy is just now 6 mos and is exactly 10 lbs. He has really started to look more filled in recently and with daily walking, he's always hungry. I too have really been watching the treats. We use them a lot in Puppy class and he's always looking for them. We just graduated from Puppy class tonight (four wks of mostly socialization and a few basic commands). It's been great since we don't have other dogs in the household and he was quite the goof on walks when around other dogs. He actually received his 'diploma' in the sit position. OH teased that he could be 'held back' if we didn't step it up. They always do it at home, but not in class. I was so proud of him.

laram
4th February 2009, 01:53 PM
Petcrazyme and Laram,
Both of you have whole colors and mention their longer backs. My breeder and I were discussing the differences in whole colors and particolors, and she said that one goal of breeding the whole colors to the particolors was to try to shorten the topline of the whole colors. She said that a longer-than-ideal topline is a common "problem" with whole colors. It was interesting to hear you both make that observation in your own dogs.

That is interesting! I've always thought Sammy looks normal, but when I tried to find him a coat last month, I realized he is a 'medium dog' in terms of back length and 'extra small' in terms of girth. I've taken his back length again and again, and every time I get 54cm (21inches), whereas his chest is 52cm (20inches). Really strange, I must be measuring him wrong somehow! I bought a coat that was long enough, but it was waaayyy too loose. :confused:

LucyDog
4th February 2009, 05:14 PM
Dylan is under 7 Kg that's about 15lb. I'm very happy with his weight.

Aimee, your dogs are beautiful.


Thank you...but only the one on the left is mine. The one on the right is Lucy's littermate (Shelby). She belongs to my friend/neighbor. Our breeder had kept originally planned on keeping Shelby as a breeding bitch, but Shelby was so small that she decided she wasn't a good candidate for motherhood.:( My friend asked me where I had gotten Lucy and said she wanted an adult dog not a puppy. I mentioned it to the breeder and coincidentally they had just made the decision to sell Shelby since they wouldn't be keeping her for showing. The rest is history and now Lucy has a sister who lives right down the street.

Mindysmom
4th February 2009, 06:44 PM
Mindy also needs a medium coat for length and a small for girth - I don't find she's particularly long though - I just think it's the way the coats are made.

Kizzys Mum
4th February 2009, 08:59 PM
Kizzy has quite a long back (people often think she in a springer puppy!); but she is blenheim. She does have a tiny patch of black on one side though, so I suspect she has some black and tan in her heritage?!

hbmama
4th February 2009, 11:50 PM
Dottie weighed in at 16.4 lbs at the vet yesterday when she went in to get her glands expressed. :grnyuk:

Claire came to us a bit overweight at 21 lbs, and she is now 19.8 lbs. She is a larger boned Cavalier than Dottie, so I think she is close to her healthy weight.

StellaLucyDesi
5th February 2009, 01:26 AM
Hi! Stella Agnes has shorter legs and a barrel chest. She weighs in at 16/17 lbs. She could carry 15 lbs. just fine, but below that would be too skinny. :)

laram
5th February 2009, 12:23 PM
I've taken his back length again and again, and every time I get 54cm (21inches), whereas his chest is 52cm (20inches).

I check Sammy's measurements again yesterday evening and realised I got it the wrong way round. He's actually about 19 inches in back length and 21 inches around the chest... So not quite so long and skinny as I remembered :o

brotymo
6th February 2009, 04:38 AM
This website actually shows you the proper way to measure a dog:

http://www.lgd.org/library/measure.htm

You are not measuring around the chest. (although I realize we have to do that to fit sweaters and harnesses, etc) You measure height from ground to withers and length from chest to hindquarters.'

While the cavalier should appear almost square (both of these measurements equal), they actually should be slightly longer than they are tall.

Tania
6th February 2009, 03:39 PM
Molly is 22lbs and Dougall is 24lbs. Dougall was very skinny and small until about 15 months and then all of a sudden he sprouted. Makes it more difficult for cuddling but we manage.:)

Ponyprincess
6th February 2009, 07:44 PM
Anastasia stayed at 12lbs for almost a year, then last year started to fill out. she's been holding steady between 15 and 16lbs now and she will be 3 in two weeks.

Steph1983
10th February 2009, 08:42 PM
Well, my Bailey is 10 months old and weighs a very little 3.9kg, which is about 8.5lb, the vets don't think she'll grow any more as she's been poorly. Everyone mistakes her for being 4-5months old.... she is cute, but i do wish she'd grow just a little more


as shes been poorly?? what do you mean by that? she was sick?




Wynnie only weighs about 7.5lbs and shes 7-8months. I really should get her looked at im trying to put it off untill i get pet insurance just incase. She seems great though. Active, eats well, very happy girl. so im not sure

Ejay
10th February 2009, 09:06 PM
as shes been poorly?? what do you mean by that? she was sick?

hi steph, yes she has been extremely ill since i picked her up at 9 weeks old... these are the threads regarding Bailey's health, they give most of the story...
http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=27370
http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=27428
http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=29028

As long as you have checked with a vet regarding her size, and they are happy, then it may just be one of those things. My vet has said that Bailey will probably not grow anymore.

Hoopys Our Ghirl
12th February 2009, 07:43 PM
Hoopy is 16months & is 13lbs, she is tall & long. She enjoys her food but is very active so I think she burns off what she eats:)

I was concerned about her weight last August after she developed kennel cough while boarding for 2 nights. The vet told me then that he would like to see her 1-2lb heavier but he said that some dogs are just made that way. However she has put on 3lbs since then:rah:

I would lke to see her put on another 2lb at the most.

((((Karen))))

lisanne74
21st February 2009, 01:48 AM
My tyler is 22lbs at 11 years old !!

murphy's mum
21st February 2009, 10:47 AM
Murphy weighs 22.3lbs, this is perfect for his size the vet tells me. He is very tall, long and leggy, I think he stands 15 or 16" at the withers:)

Misty is a little heavier, at 23.1lbs, I've been told she needs to loose about 4lbs:o But we've only had her a few months so we're just making sure she gets plenty of good quaility food and exercise.

Davy
21st February 2009, 07:52 PM
SiânE weight as of last week on the vets scales is a trim 12.40kgs (just over 27lbs)

kmatt
21st February 2009, 11:18 PM
Teddy weighed 11 lbs at 18 months and 16.5 lbs at 3 years. He hovers around the 16 mark. :snap:

katc10
29th March 2009, 04:49 PM
Indy & Charlie come in right around 18 lbs.

ourempire
29th March 2009, 08:24 PM
Molly was 10 kg (22 lb) just before Christmas - then the evil vet-lady told us that she was becoming fat :rolleyes: and that we had to cut down her food.
We did - after an agonising evening - realise that vet lady was doing us a favour - and now Molly is 8,5 kg (18.7 lb). Last time at the vet I thanked her for pointing out the problem :)
Éowyn is still growing, but she looks slimmer in her body than Molly ever did, so we are waiting to see...

AsOctoberFalls
29th March 2009, 08:59 PM
Nikki is 7 year old and weighs about 14.5 lbs. She could actually stand to lose 0.5 pounds or so. She is on the small side.

hwowen
29th March 2009, 09:14 PM
7.5kg .... at 1yrs old .... I think that's about 16lb. I do think he may be a bit on the bony side though since he was in rescue and a stray before that.

MadPip
29th March 2009, 10:29 PM
Maddie weighs 6.5Kg (14lbs approx) 11 inches at the withers.
Pippin weighs 9Kg (20lbs approx), and has recently dropped from 9.9Kg (22lbs)

I've read what people have said about whole colours being longer backed, but while Pippin is longer backed than Maddie (Blenheim) he is also noticeably taller. I think he's in proportion in all honesty, although I've never managed to get him to stand still enough to measure him accurately :D.

Mindysmom
29th March 2009, 11:25 PM
Max was 16.8 pounds when he went for his neuter. He's six months old. He's about 1/2 an inch shorter than Mindy so I think he MUST be nearly as tall as he'll get. Mindy is about 13 inches at the withers if I remember. I haven't weighed Mindy lately but I'd guess she's somewhere between 18 and 20 lbs. She was a bit heavier but we reduced food and exercised more (too bad it didn't help me!). I think she's probably at a good weight now.

mounie
30th March 2009, 04:42 PM
Nicki just turned 10 months, a few days ago the vet checked his weight, he is 9.4 kgs, i am not sure if he will grow more

duncans_ma
30th March 2009, 10:01 PM
Duncan (4 years) is 20.1 lbs and could maybe lose 1/2 a lb or so...it is just the beginning of spring and he seems to gain a little over the winter. We were happy at his Feb vet appointment that he was not more. 2 winters ago we were at almost 22lbs!! He is perfect around 19-19 1/2 lbs.

Arthur (3 years) is 15 1/2 lbs and is looking healthy. He is 10-12lbs for what seemed like FOREVER and then around 18 months to 2 years put on a few pounds finally...he needed it. The vet is happier now with him at or over 15 lbs.

It is so hard to think in terms of what a pound or two can mean to a cavalier...a 22 lb dog that should be 20 needs to lose ~10% of their weight. For me to lose 10% of my weight would be mean a pretty strict diet. For a 125-150 pound person that is 12-15 lbs!!

Davy
31st March 2009, 12:30 AM
It is so hard to think in terms of what a pound or two can mean to a cavalier...a 22 lb dog that should be 20 needs to lose ~10% of their weight. For me to lose 10% of my weight would be mean a pretty strict diet. For a 125-150 pound person that is 12-15 lbs!!


Wow :eek:

when I took SiânE on she weight 7.50kg and put on 5kgs to get to her normal weight. I'm crap at maths but I hate to think how much of her body weight she gain!

tupup
31st March 2009, 01:03 AM
Ruby is holding steady at 14lbs,when i got her little over a year ago she was 11lbs & was all sticky out ribs, it was awfully sad. She does look dinky next to a lot of cavs we see on our walks tho

kmatt
31st March 2009, 01:20 AM
Anna is 2.5 lbs TODAY!!!

LexyandMax
2nd July 2009, 04:42 AM
I have max who is 11 pounds at 4 months (the vet says he's right on track) but I also have Lexy who is a little over 3 months and she is 3 pounds even as of today. I worry about her because she is SO small but the vet says she is completely healthy... just super tiny. Anyone else had one this tiny?

Erin2854
14th August 2009, 07:10 AM
I am super late at replying to this post, but am a newbie and just ran across it. My little cavalier, Polly is also a tiny girl. She is 5 months old and just under 6lbs. When I got her at 12 weeks she was 3lbs 2oz. She is perfectly healthy and active. My vet said that he personally, prefers to see cavalier's on the more petite 10-12lbs range as he thinks they make for prettier looking dogs.

Karlin
14th August 2009, 01:21 PM
She actually isn't all that small -- she will likely end up close to the bottom of the breed standard I should think. :) Often dogs catch up as well to others in size -- small size as puppies often is only due to size of their litter or poor early feeding etc.

But setting that aside, I am VERY alarmed that a vet could possibly say tiny cavaliers are preferable!! :eek: For health reasons there is currently a movement towards LARGER cavaliers -- including larger than breed standard -- as perhaps a healthier option for the breed's long-term survival at the moment (this is a matter of considerable debate but absolutely no one believes smaller is better or healthier and there's strong evidence that breeding for smallness is actively damaging to the breed). Some vets are utterly clueless at times about genetics and health. :( Also they seem clueless on how the most vile breeders take advantage of people's wanting very small dogs -- it is well known that horrible breeders produce same by breeding runts and other undersized dogs -- where small size often occurs because of underlying health problems, including very serious problems like liver shunt. I have yet to find a single breeder advertising extra small cavaliers who also MRI scans for SM or has proper cardiologist testing done on their dogs. It is also known that miniaturisation is, along with flatter faces the two main 'risks' for syringomyelia -- caused by dogs' skulls being too small for their brains. SM for this reason ONLY occurs in toy and other breeds bred to be miniaturised and no one should ever be breeding in such a way to potentially make this worse, especially in cavaliers which have a very high rate of SM in the breed. Please be sure your vet is thoroughly up to date on research regarding SM: www.smcavalier.com and www.cavalierhealth.org,. It is precisely because some continue to care only about whether a dog is 'pretty' that so many breeds are being genetically devastated. Vets need to understand this and not be promoting a line of thinking that continues to damage dogs' and owners' lives by suffering caused by genetic, inbred health problems. :thmbsup:

By all means enjoy your smaller girl as the average litter can always produce a larger or smaller pup than normal :), but please educate your vet!

heather r
14th August 2009, 10:23 PM
Karlin; I'm hoping that there are exceptions to your comments as to small cavaliers. Our dog's mother, grandmother and relatives on other side are heart clear as well as SM clear. The breeder of the sire is one of the top careful breeders in the US.

Heather R

Love my Cavaliers
14th August 2009, 11:25 PM
Interestingly, my smallest is Riley my SM girl who weighs 12 pounds. Don't know if there's any correlation between her size and her SM. She was 11 pounds at a year and is still trim at almost 7 years old (next week!!!) But she was also the runt of the litter. She is just smaller all around than her half-sister Madison and Oz. Both of them weigh about 15.5 pounds and Oliver comes in at a whopping 26 pounds - not fat, just a big boy with long legs and a long body.

cavalierlover301
15th August 2009, 04:20 AM
charlies almost 2 and he weighs 28 pounds. the vet said he is ok but cant gain anymore.