My male rottie, Hunter - weight and growth?
(mississauga, ON, canada)
hey i have a male rottie, he is 12 weeks old today, he is 17.6 lbs. his mom weighs 100-110 while his daddy is big weighing around 125-130.... it was a 14 puppy litter
i am wondering if his weight is good and how much do you think he will be
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All Rotties are different and grow at different rates. Your pup is a little below average in terms of weight right now, but that really doesn't mean anything. He is still very young, and this breed is very slow to mature and develop.
Generally a Rottie isn't considered fully grown until they reach somewhere between 18 months and 2 years of age. Males seem to take slightly longer than females to reach their full potential, and the bigger males can take up to 3 years before they are full grown.
Also, they grow in 'fits and starts' and get their height before their weight and muscle development, meaning that they spend their adolescence as gangly 'teenagers', sometimes seeming quite out of proportion. This all takes care of itself as they grow.
You can usually expect a well fed and well cared for pup to grow up to be somewhere between the weights of their mom/dad. Males are usually closer to their dads' weight, the females to their moms'. But as I said right at the beginning, all pups and dogs are different and there's no 'one-size-fits-all' answer.
I'd recommend that you read my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page as it has lots of info. on this subject. Also I have a page of similar questions submitted by other visitors to this site (and my answers to them) here... Rottweiler Weight and Development - I think you might find it interesting.
Hope this helps. Best of luck with your puppy.