Should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by MastiffMillie, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Millie has had her fair share of UTIs and diarrhoea bouts since we've had her. She's now 25 weeks (where did that go?!) and we weighed her last night. She weighed in at 50lbs. That seems small? I would say she's still on the slim side although I know this is better for a pup. Her mum was a DDB and dad a bullmastiff. Should I be concerned?


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  2. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

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  3. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Well-Known Member

    Did you meet her parents? And do you have other photos of her?
     
  4. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    I saw both her parents and they were normal size, didn't notice one being smaller than average. Yes, I'll post a better one


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  5. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I'm more concern about why she keeps getting sick.
     
  6. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

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  7. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    She hasn't been poorly for few weeks since she had second course of antibiotics. Fingers crossed.


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  8. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Well-Known Member

    I think whoever sold her to you was dishonest about her parentage. Neither DDBs nor Bullmastiffs (or at least, well bred ones) have markings like your pup has.

    Also, 50 lbs at over 6 months is very small for both of those breeds. Unless she's from extraordinarily slow growing lines, I'd be surprised if she topped out over 85 lbs. It looks like she doesn't have a lot of foreleg 'knuckle' left (which is actually the growth plate) which makes me think she's mixed with something smaller.

    I'd guess an English Bulldog, maybe, from her markings.

    Anyways, I wouldn't be worried necessarily. There's nothing you can do about how big she gets. Keep her in the good body condition she's currently in and she'll reach whatever size she was meant to.
     
  9. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Yes I agree her markings are completely not normal for those breeds, unless she has received a recessive piebald gene. Her litter mates were far more what you'd expect from a cross of those 2 breeds, however.


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  10. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    You know, there can be more than one sire to a litter. I wonder if it's possible mom had several suitors. She does look like she has bulldog in her. Whatever her parentage, she's a good looking dog. I think she's looking okay. I prefer them on the thin side when they're growing.
     
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  11. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Well-Known Member

    It may have been a dual-sired litter and maybe they were unaware of the second sire? Did any of the other littermates have white markings?

    That white pattern is not typically how a piebald gene expresses itself. Piebald dogs are generally mostly white with patches of color. Your pup's colors are more of what they call 'mantle' in Great Danes.

    ETA: Boxergirl beat me to it :)
     
  12. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    I love those markings, very unique! :)

    And those FEET! WOW! Those sure look mastiff-y to me. I could see some American Bulldog in the head/face... but... hard to say...

    From my weight chart, 6 months is about when a mastiff puppy hits the half-way mark. So if you're now at 50lbs, that would put the pup around 100lbs as an adult. Not too far off from smaller DDB's. And she is nice and trim right now, she has a beautiful figure. :) I wouldn't be worried at all... she'll get as big as her genes are programmed for... eventually. The slower the growth, the better. So, I'd say you're doing great!
     
  13. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Thank you! She gets lots of comments and people have now stopped complimenting me on my boxer! My only other dog was a DDB so that's all I can compare to and we looked at pics of our DDB at 6 months which is what made me weigh her. I worry that I can see her ribs (looking down on her, there is quite a defined waist).


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  14. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    As far as her feet go..... lots of people say they are big but I can't really see it!! They just look a normal size to me!! [emoji5]


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  15. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Well-Known Member

    Ribs showing is a good thing! The last 2-3 ribs should show on a fit puppy. Keeping as much weight as possible off of those growing joints can translate into YEARS of life later on.
     
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  16. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Thanks hiraeth. Glad to hear she's in good shape...... whatever mix she is!


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  17. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Well-Known Member

    I shared her photo with a friend of mine to see if she had any other breed guesses, and my friend, who is super into fit dogs (she has a field line Lab), said 'I don't know about breed, but that's one of the fittest looking young dogs I've ever seen!'

    So just to reassure you, she definitely looks really great.
     
  18. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Thanks for going to that trouble hiraeth! Glad to know...... I was fretting about it.


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  19. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    The dog looks a bit thin maybe because of having periods of upset stomach? She's a very unique looking dog, very bulldoggy for sure.
     
  20. MastiffMillie

    MastiffMillie Well-Known Member

    Do you mean bulldoggy colouring? Her shape, I think, is mastiffy (just slightly smaller). Looking at bulldogs on google, I do agree with that.


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