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Posted by: Kelly | 2010/07/01

labrador puppy size

I got a female labrador puppy yesterday, that the people said is 8 weeks old. From what I can see from the internet the minimum weight is around 10lbs (4.5 kg) but I doubt if she''s even 2kg. She looks exactly like a labrador, but now I''m wonderding if she could be crossed with a smaller breed, or if the owners lied about her age? Is there any way to see if she''s younger than they claim?

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Expert ImageCyberVet

Hi Kelly

It is possible for your vet to age a puppy from it's teeth development

Estimated Age - Teeth Development
2 - 4 Weeks - No Noticeable tooth growth

3 - 4 Weeks - Deciduous (baby) canines erupt

4 - 6 Weeks - Deciduous (baby) incisors and premolars erupt

8 Weeks - All deciduous (baby) teeth are in [14 upper, 14 lower]

3 1/2 - 4 Months No noticeable permanent tooth growth
(it is all under the gumline, not visible)

SO... an 8-WO puppy will have *all* their teeth EXCEPT their molars, top + bottom...

all the incisors, all 4 canines, all pre-molars are present.

adult incisors erupt between 3 to 5 mos;
adult canines erupt between 4 to 6 mos;
adult pre-molars usually erupt between 4 to 5 mos,
and molars are last, between 5 to 7 mos age.

If you are uncertain then ask you local vet or veterinary nurse to check.

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Posted by: Chill | 2010/07/01

Did you buy the puppy directly via the breeders, or through some intermediary?

I ask because there are plenty of scams and con artists around in the puppy-selling world - they tend to advertise in the newspapers. Keep an eye on the ads for a bit, you''ll see the same phone no''s cropping up all the time, advertising puppies of a whole range of breeds.

Is the puppy pedigreed/registered? If so, there should be a certificate showing the date of birth.

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2010/07/01

Hi Kelly

It is possible for your vet to age a puppy from it's teeth development

Estimated Age - Teeth Development
2 - 4 Weeks - No Noticeable tooth growth

3 - 4 Weeks - Deciduous (baby) canines erupt

4 - 6 Weeks - Deciduous (baby) incisors and premolars erupt

8 Weeks - All deciduous (baby) teeth are in [14 upper, 14 lower]

3 1/2 - 4 Months No noticeable permanent tooth growth
(it is all under the gumline, not visible)

SO... an 8-WO puppy will have *all* their teeth EXCEPT their molars, top + bottom...

all the incisors, all 4 canines, all pre-molars are present.

adult incisors erupt between 3 to 5 mos;
adult canines erupt between 4 to 6 mos;
adult pre-molars usually erupt between 4 to 5 mos,
and molars are last, between 5 to 7 mos age.

If you are uncertain then ask you local vet or veterinary nurse to check.

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