Depending on the breed or weight class, our dogs have different growth potentials. The smaller the dog, the sooner it has reached its final size and is fully grown. The size is genetically anchored and cannot normally be influenced by feeding. The growth rate is different, because it is influenced by the energy intake. In plain language, this means that the more energy the puppy gets, the faster it grows. And this brings us to one of the two most common feeding mistakes, namely too fast growth due to too high an energy intake. Puppies of large breeds are particularly at risk.
Since you cannot usually tell that a growing dog is "overweight" (with the exception of small breeds), because they do not grow in width like adults, but in height, you need an objective tool for weight assessment: the growth curve. With this you can reliably assess the weight development of your puppy. Below you will find growth curves for different final weights to download.
This is how it is done:
Weigh your puppy regularly (preferably once a week) and then compare its current weight with the curve. It may be on or even slightly below the curve. However, if your puppy is above the curve, this is an indication that his energy intake is too high. A review of the ration or energy intake is recommended in this case.
If the final weight of your puppy is not included, please visit our free calculator for puppy growth curves. Here you can freely select the final weight and at the same time still generate an individual and printable PDF file.
Growth curves to download: