Click here to learn more.
Q: We just got a great puppy from our local shelter. We love this dog, but we're really hoping he doesn't get too big. The shelter guessed he was a Chihuahua mixed with Terrier, so I'm hoping that's true to keep the size small. Is there any way to know for sure? (Don't worry, we're keeping him, regardless!)
A: Guessing the adult size of a puppy of unknown origins is tricky business, to say the least. Many experienced shelter workers and more than a few veterinarians are pretty good at it, but true size soothsayers are hard to come by.
As you've already guessed, if you know what breeds went into the mix, you can get some sense of size. The problem is that some young pups are so mixed up that it's anyone's guess. You'll need to take your new puppy to the veterinarian anyway, so that's a great place to start asking around. If you want to up the odds of an accurate estimation, request a DNA test. They don't work every time, but they can quickly sort the issue out.
The other way to predict a puppy's adult size is to look at his paws: Big
dogs start out with relatively big puppy paws. But, be warned, nothing is foolproof. A well-regarded expert and friend once adopted a puppy from one of the nation's best-known shelters. After commiserating with the vastly experienced shelter staff, they guessed the pup for a terrier mix and predicted an adult size of 30 to 40 pounds. That little puppy grew up to be a 90-pound tank of a
dog. So much for the experts!
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
The Pruchnick family says their three rescued Pit Bulls saved their lives by alerting them
to a fire in their home.
Are you a fan of big dogs? According to
vet professionals, new owners should
stay away from these large breeds.
During the course of their day, vets do a
number of unexpected things like taking
animals home and creating pet…
Feeding pets and people from the same
dishes can be risky for you and your pup.
Dr. Marty Becker explains why.
An expert explains which protein
sources are best for pets and how much
of it cats and dogs need to consume.
Thanks to his webbed feet, the Spanish
Water Dog has a knack for swimming,
boating and playing in water.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.