Puppy Growth (uneven back)

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by voidecho, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. voidecho

    voidecho New Member

    I feel like I've read where someone answered this in a thread but I can't find anything using the search function.

    Is it normal for a growing Mastiff puppy to have their front legs and back legs grow at a slightly different pace? The reason I ask is that when looking at Lincoln standing profile it seems like his rear end is a good inch taller than his shoulders. Is this typical? When he's full grown his back should be flat, correct?
  2. Duetsche_Doggen

    Duetsche_Doggen New Member

    I just got my first giant breed puppy puppy and have to get used to the strange growth spurts as well. Right now stone is sporting a camel or roach back. Both his parents had flat backs so I'm hoping he will even out in the end as well.
  3. Robtouw

    Robtouw New Member

    All of my OEM's have grown differently. With my last I was worried that his rear would never catch up to his chest! With my curent pup, it seems that his back is too narrow to support his frame and I constantly wonder if his weight is on target. To everyone else he looks great but to me he always appears thin. All of my OEM's ended up filling up nicely and there were no issues so my worrying was totally unnecessary! I think its normal to wonder and worry about your pup, it means you love him or her!
  4. voidecho

    voidecho New Member

    Yeah, when I checked him this morning it didn't seem as pronounced as it had the last few days. Less than 1/2 inch difference between the top of the back hip and his shoulders. He's a little rounded in the back middle of his back, but I'm sure everything will even out.
  5. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    Kryten can have upto a 2 inch difference between the height of his shoulders and hips. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1344526739.552324.jpg
    This isn't the greatest photo but it does show his hind end taller than his front.
    My other dog also showed a similar growth pattern while he was growing. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1344526839.196353.jpg
  6. raechiemay

    raechiemay New Member

    I notice this on our pup too. But she's more leggy than the pups in your pics smokey.
  7. Jakesmum

    Jakesmum Well-Known Member

    Jake is the same, he seems to grow like a see saw, right now his hind end is taller than his front, it's taking a while for it to level out and I am worried that he will just stay that way (he'll be 1 year old on Aug 15), but I spoke with some people at a dog show here last weekend and they said not to be concerned that he his front end will catch up.
  8. m0rg4n

    m0rg4n Member

    Thanks for asking the question, void. I was wondering the same thing. I'd read something about it, but maybe it's only a bad thing if they settle that way at the end of their growth. Mira seems like she changes from uneven to balanced throughout the day, sometimes. A comfort to know that it's pretty normal.
  9. voidecho

    voidecho New Member

    Yeah, I'm glad to hear it seems normal too. Lincoln can definitely look a little like that second picture you posted Smoke, but he's quite a bit longer so it's not quite that pronounced.
  10. Sabrina

    Sabrina New Member

    Yes very normal :)
  11. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I just measured Kryten and he has almost a 2 inch difference between his shoulders and back right now.
  12. voidecho

    voidecho New Member

    Damn.....I'll measure Lincoln tomorrow, but I don't think it's anywhere near two inches.

    p.s. For those with their heads in the gutter (like me usually), I mean I'll measure his back. :)
  13. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    That should be butt not back. Oops.
  14. ruby55

    ruby55 Active Member

    Ruby always see sawed back & forth. Sometimes I wondered if it was painful; sure looked that way to me. It never slowed her down, she just kept growing front, then back. There were days when she only looked normal, going up or down the doggie ramp to the back yard.
  15. Jadotha

    Jadotha New Member

    Yep, completely normal! All our giant breeds have done this.
  16. Buddha's Dad

    Buddha's Dad New Member

    Yea some days Buddha looks like someone installed air shocks on his back legs LOL Right now he's pretty even, but that may change in a couple of hours. heh

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