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    Hi I have a maltese puppy who at 6 months is 9 lb. He is purebread.I am freaking out as I was told he would weigh about 6 lbs by the breeder when he is fully gown. Does anyone know when he will stop growing? I am no longer in contact with breeder as upset over his size.

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    Average weight of Maltese breed "adult" is 3 - 4kgs 6 - 9lbs approx

    what age are maltese fully grown?

    Did you get KC registration?
    Did you check the certificate for authenticity?
    Did you check your dog's breed with your vet?

    so many many questions
    Edited by: "philphil61" 27th Jul 2014

    Full size here......

    http://images.cdn.filmclub.org/film__3695-digby-the-biggest-dog-in-the-world--detail.jpg

    Original Poster

    Will he keep putting on weight until he is one year old? If so do you know roughly how much he will weigh? He is extremely active. Is out at least 3 times a day for over half an hour each walk.

    Mac04

    Will he keep putting on weight until he is one year old? If so do you … Will he keep putting on weight until he is one year old? If so do you know roughly how much he will weigh? He is extremely active. Is out at least 3 times a day for over half an hour each walk.



    Don't worry you can always find a bigger handbag to fit it in.

    Original Poster

    Yes he is registered with kennel club. Have been in contact with them and everything legitimite.vet has said he is just a big maltese but has said he is purebread. No bischon according to vet.

    Original Poster

    Will need a suitcase at this rate!

    Mac04

    Will need a suitcase at this rate!



    X)

    is it not the case that some will always be heavier than the average, with some being at the top end of the 'normal' scale. Not much you can do about it if your dog is just a Big Un, not really there fault or that of the breeder i would have thought.

    Original Poster

    Checked with kennel club. Definitelty a maltese. Is kc registered. The vet said he is just a large puppy but no bischon mix through him. Said not overweight as tall.

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    op did you not think to find out about the breed before getting a puppy

    He's probably just a big boy, lots of good proper feeding and exercise will encourage growth, so you are probably looking after him well, also, the growth rate will slow down considerably as he gets older, so I wouldn't worry about it, I have a springer Spaniel who is quite large for his breed but he is perfectly fit healthy.

    Why the freak out? What does it matter how much he weighs if you love your dog? Get a grip!

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    roof30

    Why the freak out? What does it matter how much he weighs if you love … Why the freak out? What does it matter how much he weighs if you love your dog? Get a grip!



    you are making the mistake of thinking the dog was bought as a pet, when in fact it was bought as a small fashion accessory

    guess he is just big. as long as he doesn't double by 1 you should be OK.

    Is he healthy, is he happy, is he lovable and loved? If the answers to these questions are all yes, then what does his weight/size matter? I'm not usually a negative commenter, but a dog is a dog not a fashion statement. Get some perspective please.

    As a rule of thumb, he will be 3x his weight at 12 months when he is fully grown. Hope this is of some help.

    Look at the size of his paws, if they are dinner plate size watch out.

    Original Poster

    Hi

    I seem to be getting a lot of negativity with my question. I did not get my puppy as an a fashion statement. I find that comment upsetting. I asked because I have been diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment which makes me unwell at times. I live 2 flights up and sometimes have to carry him up and down stairs as he is not the best with his little legs. I genuinely love this little puppy and he has brought so much happiness into my life. So please do not thinks I do not want him because of his size. It was only a general question because of my health. Thanks
    Edited by: "Mac04" 28th Jul 2014

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    Mac04

    HiI seem to be getting a lot of negativity with my question. I did not … HiI seem to be getting a lot of negativity with my question. I did not get my puppy as an a fashion statement. I find that comment upsetting. I asked because I have been diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment which makes me unwell at times. I live 2 flights up and sometimes have to carry him up and down stairs as he is not the best with his little legs. I genuinely love this little puppy and he has brought so much happiness into my life. So please do not thinks I do not want him because of his size. It was only a general question because of my health. Thanks



    sorry to hear about your health problems op but was it wise to get a breed that needs a lot of daily attention given that you are unwell at times?
    plus any puppy under 6 months shouldn't be using stairs in the first place as that can damage their growth plates leading to long term damage

    Mac04

    HiI seem to be getting a lot of negativity with my question. I did not … HiI seem to be getting a lot of negativity with my question. I did not get my puppy as an a fashion statement. I find that comment upsetting. I asked because I have been diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment which makes me unwell at times. I live 2 flights up and sometimes have to carry him up and down stairs as he is not the best with his little legs. I genuinely love this little puppy and he has brought so much happiness into my life. So please do not thinks I do not want him because of his size. It was only a general question because of my health. Thanks


    Don't let it get to you. It's not worth it. Unfortunately some people can't help writing comments like that. Good luck with your treatment, Im pleased you have found some joy in your life. I would love a Maltese myself, they're beautiful.

    Original Poster

    Hi

    Thanks for your replies. I did not have cancer when I first got puppy so size, weight etc was never an issue. He could have grown to the size of a husky for all I cared. I was only diagnosed a couple of months ago. Thanks for info regarding stairs. I had not realised this. I hope I have not done any damage..he has only been doing some stairs then I pick him up. I am at vet on 07.08.14 so will speak to her about him. I will be keeping him though as he is simply adorable and has the best nature ever.

    Mac04

    HiThanks for your replies. I did not have cancer when I first got puppy … HiThanks for your replies. I did not have cancer when I first got puppy so size, weight etc was never an issue. He could have grown to the size of a husky for all I cared. I was only diagnosed a couple of months ago. Thanks for info regarding stairs. I had not realised this. I hope I have not done any damage..he has only been doing some stairs then I pick him up. I am at vet on 07.08.14 so will speak to her about him. I will be keeping him though as he is simply adorable and has the best nature ever.



    I apologise unreservedly if my comment was harsh, obviously I had no knowledge of your health issues, or the reason for your concern over his size. I assumed, wrongly, that your concern was more of a trivial nature.

    I hope your treatment goes well and a dog is a great way of helping to reduce your stress and give you something else to concentrate on. As puppies should have limited exercise which impacts on their still growing joints it may be better to carry him one way and alternate whether you carry him up or down, as climbing and descending uses different muscle groups.

    Original Poster

    It is no problem at all. When I looked back at my question I probably would have thought the same!! Legally blonde with my little doggy!! I am, I think trying to put my focus elsewhere at moment even if trivial. what will be will be!!! thanks everyone for suggesions
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