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Old 10-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My new beagle puppy is 13 weeks old and weighing 3.5 - 4 pounds. I realize he is really small but is he unusually small? Should I be worried? He is the sweetest little dog and I just want him to be ok!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just looked at a litter on Saturday of 14 week old pups and the runt of the litter was 3lbs. I'm not saying yours was the runt, but it's not unnatural!!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't mind if he's small just don't want him to have health problems!
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did the breeder do any genetic screening? that is your best bet n finding a healthy puppy. If your concerned about her weight check with the breeder and the vet.
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No genetic screening that I know of ...he looks perfectly proportional and absolutely adorable. Just so much smaller than other beagle puppies his age. I'm going to the vet next week to have him checked.

Do any other beagle owners have a puppy this size?
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Sounds like you didnt get him from a reputable breeder/place. which may mean he has a under lying health issue, poor genetics, or is a mix.

to me a puppy at that age sounds like it should be much larger.

what has the vet said?
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My appt is for next Tuesday. We are going to do a blood test to determine if there are any cogenital defects. I didn't realize how much smaller he was until I read these forums.... He is so sweet i really hope he is ok and just a late bloomer!
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Don't jump to any conclusions because your breeder didn't do any genetic screening, that's not the only benchmark of a good or bad breeder. Wait to hear the test results, it may just be that you have a small Beagle, they do exist..

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As long as she is otherwise healthy I wouldn't worry about her size. Just make sure she is healthy. genetic issues wont show up in blood test and they nromally dont show up until 22+ months old. The only thing your vet can really do is a CBC and thyriod testing whish is standard blood work. Unless she is showing signs of illness here is no real reason to be testing that I can think of.
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Thanks! I will keep you posted.
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