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 Post subject: size of newborn cocker pups
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:10 am 
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I am searching for puppies and there are a handful of very good recommended breeders that I am talking to, I have found a beautiful buff male 15 weeks old and am in love with him and his merry disposition(on the internet), this dog has been socialized and groomed weekly, lives in the house and is part of the family, pics on the furniture so on and so on. He would be perfect if it weren't for his size, He was 9 or 10 oz at birth, there were 3 males, one has a home and breeder is keeping the other boy.His dam is 14 1/2" tall and 25 lbs, His sire is 28 lbs and 15 1/2" tall. There are two other litters from two other breeders that I am interested in but not old enough to go see yet. One had 8 puppies and only 3 females made it, they are thriving now, they were 4 and 5 oz. I have 2 friends that have 3 dogs from her. I guess they came a little early and dam got an infection and may be part of the reason for only getting 3 live pups. Breeder was worried about the tiniest pup but I talked to her yesterday and they are all doing well. Her dam is about 23 lbs and male is 25-28 lbs, . We are going to look at the 15 week old male this weekend but I am so worried he will get so big I will barely be able to pick him up. Mind you the two I lost were 15 lbs 12.75" tall and 18-19 lbs and 13.88" tall, the 18-19 lb boy was a little heavy for me but still able to pick up. Some of my friends told me go for temperament and health and don't worry about the weight, that this was more important in a cocker. I picked up the big kitty litter box and weighed it at 13 lbs, I thought it was about 25 lbs! I see after writing this I let loose!
The question I was going to ask is what is the normal weight of cocker pups at birth and any recommendations on helping me to make the right choice for me. I am so afraid I will be bringing the 15 week old pup home with me, and although I would not regret the choice I may regret the weight. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: size of newborn cocker pups
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:56 pm 
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Based on how you described your previous cockers, they both sound like they were considerably smaller than the breed standard, which is 25-30 pounds for males and 20-25 pounds for females. So, if you're now in contact with reputable breeders, I would assume that their puppies would weigh close to the breed standard as adults, which sounds like may create difficulty for you. Have you considered a Cavalier King Charles spaniel? They have great spaniel personalities, but average 13-18 pounds as adults.

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 Post subject: Re: size of newborn cocker pups
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:57 am 
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Thank you Dara and yes I have considered other breeds but my heart always goes back to the cocker. My little female I got when she was 6 months, she was 12 lbs then and only got up to 15 lbs at the most, I could scoop her up with one arm!


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 Post subject: Re: size of newborn cocker pups
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A 15 pound Cocker is very unusual. As Darra said, in general Cocker males are 25-28 pounds and females are 20-25 pounds. That's a generalization, but the dogs in my house fit into those two categories.

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 Post subject: Re: size of newborn cocker pups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:17 am 
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After a couple of good nights sleep I am over the fear, hopefully this weekend we will be bringing home a beautiful bouncing baby boy, I just know that whatever pup I bring into my life is for life. I am very excited and will let you know if we do get him, I will make the decision when I meet him, already been in love with him in pic's and video, thanks for letting me vent..:)


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Can't wait to find out how it went and if you have a new member of the family!

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 Post subject: Re: size of newborn cocker pups
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I'll be waiting for pictures :joy

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