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    I have a 5.5 month old Barracude Blue son. He’s huge. 57#. I’m looking for insight on at what rate do you typically see male pups grow. Should I expect him to continue at this rate or do they slow down after 6 months. I have a 6 year old bitch that weighs 55-60. This is my first male lab so I’m just curious if this dude is gonna be 90# or if most males get big fast and then level out at 70-80 pounds.
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    I found this to very accurate at giving adult weight from a puppy- puppychart.com I bet it will say a little over 90 pounds. Good luck.

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    He has some huge littermates also from what I've seen of the breeder's posts. FWIW I try really hard to make my pups grow slowly. I have a 7 month old male who gets 4 cups/day of PPP large breed puppy at 47lbs and is a body condition score 4/9. They all grow at a slightly different rate and will be whatever they're going to be as adults but slower is always better.
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    Thanks. Yeah these boys are pretty big. His two and mine are over 50. Being careful with these guys and their bone structure as it matures is Important. Don’t want to cause any induced issues.

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    How do you “slow” growth? My pup (9 weeks) is growing fast! His weight is only 16#, but he is tall and skinny with big paws. I am feeding him 2.5 cups of PPP Large Puppy, and he would eat twice as much if offered. I don’t know how I could humanely feed him any less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tall View Post
    How do you “slow” growth? My pup (9 weeks) is growing fast! His weight is only 16#, but he is tall and skinny with big paws. I am feeding him 2.5 cups of PPP Large Puppy, and he would eat twice as much if offered. I don’t know how I could humanely feed him any less.
    I usually feed (with PPP focus LB puppy) about 2 cups/day at 8 weeks, 3 at 12 weeks, 4 at 16 weeks and that's where they stay unless in heavy training or cold weather. I don't increase food until they're trying to drop below a 4/9 BCS. Labs will always eat more if available and I really want my pups proportional and in good coat, but on the thin side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoLabs View Post
    I really want my pups proportional and in good coat, but on the thin side.
    What Claire said. You need to watch your dog and adjust its feed volume depending on its outward appearance. The dogs ribs should be just barely visible under its coat, yet easily felt. You should not be able to see the spine or hip bones. The dog should have an obvious waist when viewed from above as well as an obvious abdominal tuck. If you are seeing spine or hip bones, increase the dogs food intake. If you can't see a waist or tuck decrease the dogs food intake.

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    Thank you guys. I was really just curious if 57# at 5.5 months old is average or above average size for a male. His body condition is a 5/9. Didn’t know if he’s going to be a 90 pounder or not. I guess the best answer is we’ll find out when he stops growing. 3 of his brothers are within a few pounds of him, so he’s not alone looking like a miniature horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Thank you guys. I was really just curious if 57# at 5.5 months old is average or above average size for a male. His body condition is a 5/9. Didn’t know if he’s going to be a 90 pounder or not. I guess the best answer is we’ll find out when he stops growing. 3 of his brothers are within a few pounds of him, so he’s not alone looking like a miniature horse.
    I just had my male lab weighed at the vet clinic and he is 58# … but he is 1-1/2 years old. They are ALL different.
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    I own a brother to yours. He is currently 52.

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