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someone on here told me some type of equation to do to see how big your dog will get? does anyone know it? it's something about how much they weigh at 4 months, doubled? or something like that? murphy is getting huge! we took him to the vet today and he weighed 70lbs! he is only 6 months and 1 week! (he actually gained 5 lbs in the past two weeks!)
 

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There is no definite equation, but for large breed dogs, doubling the weight at 4 months gives you a general idea of how big your dog will get. There are way too many factors in how big a dog will get (genetics, nutrition, exercise, etc.) An equation couldn't begin to cover all of them!
 

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bella_blue said:
There is no definite equation, but for large breed dogs, doubling the weight at 4 months gives you a general idea of how big your dog will get. There are way too many factors in how big a dog will get (genetics, nutrition, exercise, etc.) An equation couldn't begin to cover all of them!
If this is the case, Haus will top out at around 70 lbs :) Woohoo!!!!


Of course, I know there are other factors.
 

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I thought it was double the wieght at 4 months and then add 10# but I could be wrong.
That could be right. I've heard quite a few different things. No one can really know for sure until their dogs fully mature, I guess. :) I'm hoping Bella doesn't get much bigger than 70 lbs.
 

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This is what I found:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1651&articleid=1068

Can I estimate how big my puppy will get?

A. Puppies at different ages grow at different rates, and puppies of different breeds grow at different rates.
To estimate the size of dog your puppy will grow up to be, use the chart below. Find your dog's age, and then draw a line straight up until you find your dog's weight. Then follow the nearest curve or make an imaginary one and follow it over to 30 months of age. Read the corresponding weight for that age. This will approximate the weight your dog will be at adulthood. Remember, this is only an estimate.

Generally, an adult dog will weigh about twice as much as he did when he was 4 months of age; giant breeds will double what they weighed at 5 months.



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This is from: http://www.petplace.com/article.aspx?id=5217

Here are some considerations to give you a handle on a puppy’s growth potential:

Breed and size of both parents: Two 20-pound terriers will not spawn pups that will eventually stand 27” at the shoulder and weigh 99 pounds. Likewise, 2 retriever-sized dogs will not give birth to pups that achieve a maximum weight of only 20 pounds. It just doesn’t happen. Difficulties arise in assessment of future size potential when one parent is big and the other small, though in such cases, the bitch’s size counts for more than the sire’s.


Paw size: As with people, big feet indicate greater height (and therefore weight) potential. You can’t have a 100-pound dog doing a pas de deux on ballerina-sized paws. Again, it just doesn’t happen. Neither can you have a little Munchkin of a dog parading around on paws the size of large pizzas. Nature doesn’t design this way.


Loose skin: The looser a puppy’s skin the more room he has to grow into his “new suit” and the larger he is likely to become.


Growth curve: A relatively undocumented but nevertheless valid method of assessing a pup’s eventual size is to plot its growth curve. The really rapid phase of growth occurs from birth to 6-months of age. Thereafter growth slows to an eventual halt at 8-14 months of age (say, 12 months on average) depending on parental breed contributions. Either height at the shoulder or weight can be plotted on a chart to be assessed at intervals. For a dog that is properly fed, weight gain should be fairly steady throughout the growth phase. For example, a dog slated to weigh ~ 100 pounds should gain around 2.5 pounds per week after about 4-weeks of age. A dog slated to weigh half this size will gain weight correspondingly slower. For a 4-6 pound adult, the following weight gain applies: 10 weeks, 1 lb. 9 oz. – 2 lb. 6 oz., 12 weeks, 1 lb. 14 oz. – 2 lb. 13 oz., 14 weeks, 2 lb. 2 oz. – 3 lb. 3 oz., 16 weeks, 2 lb. 7 oz. – 3 lb. 11 oz. And a growth curve really is a curve: It will reach a “knee” when about 65% of the dog’s eventual weight is reached and plateau after 95% of eventual body weight is achieved.


The “double-it” formula: Some say that whatever the puppy weighs at 14 weeks double it to get the adult weight.


Height increase versus weight gain: There comes a point of a pup’s life at which growth plates of the long bones becomes fused and bone length no longer increases. In humans, growth plate closure of long bones occurs between 17-21 years of age though muscle mass continues to increase until full physical maturity at around 25 years of age. An equivalent thing happens in dogs. Though growth plates close between 8 - 11 months of age, body weight continues to increase until full adult maturity is reached maybe months later in larger breeds. A simple estimation for predicting adult height is that a pup will be 75% of its adult height at around 6 months of age.

If all of the above factors are considered, it should be possible to make a reasonable assessment of a pup’s estimated size and weight at maturity. And at least there will be no BIG surprises though admittedly even the best guestimations are far from 100 % accurate.
 

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Well Moose's weight at 17 weeks (4 months and 1 week) was 44 pounds and then I weighed him at 8 months he was 80 pounds. So if you double the weight at 4 month then he would be 88 pounds when fully grown. Well he is about that now and he is (tomorrow) 9 months. I think the formula is double the weight at 4 months then add 10 pounds. That makes sense since Moose is already a few pounds away from the total (doubling his 4 month weight).
Hope you all could follow what I am trying to get across.
 

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Murphy said:
someone on here told me some type of equation to do to see how big your dog will get? does anyone know it? it's something about how much they weigh at 4 months, doubled? or something like that? murphy is getting huge! we took him to the vet today and he weighed 70lbs! he is only 6 months and 1 week! (he actually gained 5 lbs in the past two weeks!)
your pup is gonna be a big dog! I thought our female was big...she was 60 lbs at 6 mos. and was growing so fast. It seems now her head is getting gigantic :lol: but the rest of her has slowed down just a bit
 

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Every formula and chart is in this thread.......... :idea:
 
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