I currently have a couple of pugs (see the pics on this thread: http://www.pugvillage.com/forum/show...25#post1026925) :
1. Rock-O = 6 months old and weights 15 lbs
2. Bhellla = almost 4 months old and weights 10 lbs
As you could see on the pictures on the linked thread, my babies are not on the "chunkier" side like this cutie pie on this video attacking the string cheese?
A couple of questions:
1. At what age should I expect them to achieve their full size weight?
2. Are my pugs on the "slim" side or are they just too young at this point and they would definitely grow bigger and "chunkier"?
Thanks again and kindly pardon my incessant questioning... I am sooo hungry for information...
It's very hard to tell what a puppy is going to finally look like. They go through growth spurts like kids do where they'll chunk up and then grow and slim out. I've seen some very fit and shapely pugs that topped out at the 30 lb mark and some little shrimps that were porkers at 16 lbs.
My guys range from 15 to 22 lbs and aren't overweight. Breed standard is, I think, 14 to 18 lbs, but most pugs are in the 16 to 22 lb range--at least up here. Mind you, I'm speaking as a rescue person who doesn't see alot of "well bred" pugs.
If I recall, Jackson was his final height and length around 9 months or so, but continued to fill out through the chest and neck a bit longer-- until about a year and a half or so? You're wise to keep them on the slim side for health reasons (although they're a stocky breed to begin with, of course). I went through a time of Jackson getting too heavy, then getting too skinny as an overcorrection. He's settled out nicely, but it's easy for them to get too heavy very easily because they love food so much!
Mom to Jackson (fawn pug, age 7) and Sammy (black brindle pug/French bulldog, age 9ish or so)
Yes, I try to keep them fit by walking 1 hour in the morning and afternoon! So they get at least 2 hours of walks everyday... I have been religious in walking them for the health benefits (them and myself).
However, they can't seem to get enough of Cesar dog food (finishes 12 a day - 6 each) and LOTS of mozarella cheese!
It really does vary alot with each dog. As long as they have a waist and you can feel ribs without sonar, they should be okay. Puppies need extra calories because of all the energy they burn.
You may already know this--so ignore it if you do, but pugs are notorious for allergies to food. The big offenders are grains. Your little ones should still be getting puppy food in any case and getting three meals a day, but do watch out for foods with wheat, corn and soy especially. Virtually all the food recalls were because of gluten.
I have had pugs with lactose intolerance and egg allergies as well.
All pugs vary in size and weight. It all depends. I think you are the 1st I have heard feeding Cesar dog food. Watch the cheese though, it is fattening and I would only give as a treat or reward.
In re: to the cheese, I think my wife's feeding them too much... Imagine the 6-lb block being gone every 3 weeks - Seriously! Good thing they get loads of exercise. She's trying not to get hypnotized w/ them puggie eyes too often when it comes to cheese begging.
Thurston is only 7 month old (is it 7 already?!) and he's been at 16 pounds for about 6 weeks now. I actually love his size and sort of hope he stays this way. He's still "portable" at 16. One of the pugs I watch is 25 pounds and that isn't so portable any longer. (But, he's a cutie pie!)
Generally they say at 4 months a pug weighs about 1/2 of what they will weigh when they are full grown. It is very easy to over-feed them which is makes it more difficult for them to breathe as well as is tough on their joints. There are caloric recommendations and I think if you search past posts you will see what those are (ViralMD is a huge wealth of knowledge on this matter). You will then need to check the caloric content of the food you are feeding. You want to make sure they are getting a well balanced diet.
The big dog show at the Cow Palace is coming up the last weekend of this month. I highly recommend you go and talk to various dog food vendors there...they will have a lot of information for you.
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