Growth Chart and Puppy Feeding
We got our pup at 4.5 mos so we don’t know what he weighed before this, but we saw him at 3.5 mos and he was so so tiny. I looked like he grew 1 inch/week during the fourth month. As he ages we’ll update this page. Then you might be able figure out where your little guy will end up in the lineup.
People say that a pup’s weight at 4mos is 50% of their adult weight. According to my web research giant dog breeds can take 3 years to fill out (Swiss mountain dogs for example), but smaller breeds dotheir growing in the first 6 mos and then growth tapers quickly after that. The chart below gives growth examples from a few small breeds. Note: I think the poodle on the chart is a toy, not a mini.
Mini schnauzer forum concur that mini schnauzers have visible growth spurts until 6 mos, but people stop measuring after 12wks and so evidence is weak. There was one research study comparing dog breed weight (not other measures) for first 3 years. They reported that mini schnauzers reach 50% of their weight, by 14 weeks (3.25mos) and 99% of body weight by 42 weeks (9.5mos).
OUR BEST GUESS FOR FIG’S ADULT SIZE: 20lbs and 15″ tall (yes, taller than standard)
PUP’S ACTUAL GROWTH:
Date Weight Height Length Ribcage Neck
April 28 11.5lb/5.5kg 12.5″ 14.0″ 16.5″ 9.5″
May 11 13.0lb/6.0kg 13.0″ 14.0″ 16.5″ 9.5″
May 19 13.0lb/6.0kg 13.25″ 14.0″ 17.0″ 9.5″
June 1 15.0lb/6.8kg 14.0″ 14.25″ 17.5″ 10.0″
June 15 15.2lb/6.9kg 14.25″ 14.25″ 17.5″ 10.0″
June 30 15.4lb/7.0kg 14.25″ 14.25″ 17.5″ 10.0″
July 12 16.0lb/7.3kg 14.25″ 14.5″ 17.5″ 10.25″
July 27 16.3lb/7.4kg 14.5″ 14.5″ 18.0″ 10.5″
August 15 16.5lb/7.5kg 14.5″ 14.5″ 18.0″ 10.5″
Sept 15 16.5lb/7.5kg 14.75″ 14.5″ 18.0″ 10.5″
Oct 15 NA
Nov 15 17.5lb/7.9kg ~15″ ~14.5″ 19.0″ 10.5″
Dec 15 17.0 lb/7.7kg ~15″ ~14.5″ 18.0″ 11″ (1yr old, new muscles!)
Dec 15 17.0 lb/7.7kg 14.75″ 14.25″ 17.0″ 11″ (1.6yr old and fit!)
Weight taken on kitchen scale in a bag. Height from ground to top of shoulder blades. Length from breastbone to butt. Ribcage is a tight measurement the ribs. Neck is a tight collar measurement.
We predicted adult height perfectly. Growth stabilized around 9mos. The 4mos height is 1/2 adult height. Muscles will develop further in second year and that may add pounds, but in our case Fig became more physically fit and dropped fat.Puppy food can safely be stopped after 10 mos because bone growth stops. Remembering to measure our pup was harder to remember, than I thought.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON FEEDING:
There is rapid growth in small breeds – FEED your pup well! Don’t worry about overfeeding in first 8 months! They need the nutrients and fat. Healthy puppy growth patterns set them up for a healthy adult life without less dietary issues related to bone, hip, and intestinal development. Buy the fancy puppy chow. Cheap ones are cheap for a reason. They have crap fillers like corn and sugar will not help your puppy develop and they may be linked to adult allergies. You will have a junk-food-junkie on your hand if you feed them salty filler food. I have seen many cats go this route – it’s not pretty.
I recommend leaving food out all the time for the first 6mos. We tried 3 small meals, so he would do training more – bad idea. He scarfed each meal down and even puked because he ate so fast. He self regulated when he knew there was always food. Think about it – it is no different as when they are breast feeding with mom. They graze well and eat at their own pace. Our puppy was raised this way at the rescue too and they recommended that we continue this practice. Our pup is not overweight and if anything he could stand to gain weight. I suggest you do the same, until you see your puppy stop growing rapidly and only fattening. See also: Is my dog fat?
I thought it would not matter if we change things, but it was. We went from three meals to two meals between the 6th and 9th month feeding 2/3 cup each meal with many tiny soft treats during 30 minutes of training midday. After 10 mos we slowly reduced the meal size to 1/2 cup twice daily. Our pup get about 1-2 hours of intense exercise daily and treats on days when he works or walks more. He is perfect weight and the vet ran complete blood work and everything is perfectly balanced. When he slowed down again after a year we cut his meals to 1/3 cup twice daily. He gets treats throughout day.