Are you wondering how big a poodle puppy will be when it's all grown up? Well, of course you are, and you're not alone!
But size can be difficult to predict for a number of reasons. Dogs sometimes grow at a steady pace, sometimes in spurts, or sometimes they just stop growing. The parent's size could be a good indicator as long as a recessive gene
doesn't come into play. These are some of the reasons why we breeders can only estimate the final size of a puppy.
For more information about size you can link to my article on the Reserve a Pup page by clicking here>>> SIZE
BUT, one of the advantages of a purebred poodle is
that it's size, personality traits and characteristics tend to be more
predictable. A small weight range estimate is likely to be more accurate, which gives you a better chance of getting a puppy that will end up being the size you want, and that's always my goal for my customers.
If you know the puppy's current weight in ounces, the following chart might help you make an educated guess about it's adult size based on the past experience of other purebred poodle puppies. You will notice that it is broken down into fully grown weight in three categories: Teacups- 2-4 lbs , Tiny Toys- 4.5 - 6 lbs and Toys- 6.5-7 lbs. Please be aware that these commonly used categories are for your convenience only and not "official" classifications.
To use this chart, first find the puppy's age on the left column, then go straight across until you come to it's current weight (in ounces.) From there drop straight down and you will see it's predicted weight in ounces (and pounds.)
PUPPY GROWTH ESTIMATOR
I love the AKC (Americn Kennel Club) mostly because they help insure the quality of breeds. But, like everything else in life, the old adage applies that "nothing is perfect" and it is my opinion that the Poodle size classifications could use some adjusting.
by Poppy G.
The AKC only recognizes three varieties of Poodles: Toy, Miniature and Standard. Some of their literature says that terms such as "Teacup Toy" and "Tiny Toy" are marketing gimmicks. But many breeders including myself disagree, here's why:
They say a toy "should be no larger than 10" high at the shoulder." Many of us happen to love breeding Toy Poodles with beautifully long legs. But this can easily place them over the 10" mark and officially into the "miniature" category, irrespective of weight and conformation (build.) So, even though they might only weigh 3 lbs fully grown they are now classified with poodles who can be up to 50% taller with a shoulder height of 15".
Also, Toy Poodles less than about 3 to 3.5 lbs can present breeding issues. They can be fragile and require a "C" section or have other pregnancy/birth complications, sometimes fatal. Even strictly as pets their delicate dispositions can require a substantial amount of extra care. The smallest ones can be hypoglycemic (doggie-diabetes) so you must pay special attention to their diet and eating habits.
These are two of the reasons that I believe it is proper to call these smaller poodles "teacups." As a breeder, if one of my customers is asks for a "teacup" or a "purse" poodle, that gives me a pretty good idea of what they are looking for, as opposed to just saying a "toy." It also affords me the opportunity to explain to them the special and constant attention required for such a tiny pet.
Based on my experience, I consider toy poodles in the 4 to 6 lb range to be still tiny, yet more "sturdy" and much easier to deal with. There is a noticeable difference in the size of a 3 pound and a 6 pound poodle, especially when you're holding one under each arm.
So, I consider the different descriptions in my chart not a selling tool, but a way to facilitate my customers in getting the size dog that they want.
Do you have a different opinion or comment? Please let me know at my E-mail address: www.Poppy@PoodlePoppy.com
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