Puppy Size...How big will he be when he is fully grown?
(Las Vegas, NV)
Bosco Bailey @ 14 weeks old, 11 lbs
My Boy Bosco, a shortie JRT, is growing so quick! When I got him he was barely 5 lbs(7.5 weeks old). Now at exactly 14 weeks old he is 11 lbs. He is in no way overweight. But at this rate I'm thinking he will be pretty big. His mom is a typical shortie(looked around 16-18 lbs when I picked up my pup). I was not able to meet the father dog, but was told he was also a shortie about 18 lbs.
He is my first JRT, so naturally I'm curious...is this normal puppy growth? I've never knew that he could grow so quick. I only feed him top quality foods...I do a mix of Grandma Lucy's Chicken, Wellness Just for Puppies canned food, and Holistic Select small breed puppy dry food. He eats 3 a day which is left out for 15 minutes, about 1 hot dog a day as tiny training treats, 1 bully stick/lamb trachea every 2-4 days till finished,a puppy kong filled with regular sized kibble with peanut butter near the opening as an after walk/bath treat, and a 2' frozen raw bone filled with his leftovers as a bedtime treat. I let him eat to his hearts content in that 15 minute time frame...if he gobbles it up and is licking his empty bowl I add more.
I feel I'm doing right by him...as his energy is super high, and I give him the opportunity to use it all up. His walks have slowly grown from 3 x 10 min walks at a leisurely pace @ 10 weeks of age, to 2x 45 mins long walks a day @ 14 weeks of age.
Anyway my main concern is...am I overfeeding him? and is that causing the big growth spurt? or am I just being a worrying over nothing.
And, Am I walking him too much for his age? I tried keeping the walking to a minimum...but he has so much energy! There is only so much fetch, puppy chase Mom(never the other way around), and tug of war you can do before it gets boring to him. He is very smart, so learning/practicing tricks burns very little mental energy for him. The long walks really have helped curb his excessive nipping that nothing else cures, jumping(gets me worried as he is so young and is a shortie), stealing toilet paper(only 1 piece at a time ROFL), and his chasing the cats(he is never left unsupervised...but they get along pretty well unless he gets too hyper).