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1 yr male boxer size

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by tsavowhite, Apr 16, 2009.

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  1. tsavowhite

    tsavowhite Boxer Pal

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    so i know hundreds of people have posted regarding the sizes of their boxers... but most of them are female and still bigger than our little guy!
    my question is: we have a boxer that turned a year old in march, and he is at least 3-6 inches shorter than most boxers we come across (even ones that are younger are taller than him). he's also barely 50 lbs! the only reason we're concerned is because he was the biggest in the litter, and his dad was 90 lbs! has anyone had a boxer grow substantially after 1 yr? we've been told maybe he's a "slow grower" but i just wanted to see if that was really what could be happening. he's one of the most proportional boxers we've came across- so not to thin or lanky, he's just tiny!
    we recently have switched him (yet again... he has a possible grain allergy...) to a different type of food to see if that will help him grow (and his digestion too). any other suggestions?
    it's totally ok if we have a small pup- we just want to make sure we're not doing something wrong!!
    thanks!
     
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    Sounds very much within the average size for a male boxer of his age. Remember, this is a medium size breed. A male boxer should be 23-25" tall at the withers. That should work out to be an average weight of about 60-65 lbs.

    If his grow plates have closed, which at 1 year I would be surprised if they haven't, he's likely not going to get too much taller. While he probably won't grow too substatially from this point on, boxers usually continue "fill out" until they're about 2 years old.

    I'm not sure I've ever fully understood the obsession folks have with the size of their boxers, or why they think they are doing something wrong. With proper nourishment and exercise, they'll grow to be the size they were born to be. You can't really do anything to influence that. :)
     
  3. gmacleod

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    Well, I've had a couple that grew 1-2 inches after 12 months of age. Both were pretty well finished by about 14-15 months though. It's fair to say every dog is different, and some don't finish growing till approaching 18 months - but even so, I wouldn't expect more than another inch or two from him. As above, some finish earlier too.

    Being the biggest baby, or growing the fastest as a youngster really isn't any indication of what the final result will be. No more than it is for humans.

    An oversized parent though (assuming your guy's father was not overwieght, then he was probably incorrectly sized - adult male boxers should stand 22-25 inches in height, and weigh in the region of 60-75lb) is likely to lead to large offspring. Size is, after all, genetic. Genetics aren't fullproof, however ;) Sometimes offspring are larger or smaller than their parents (plus he has a second parent ;) How big was his mother?).

    And after all that - how big is your dog? How tall, I mean (measured ground to withers) - weight isn't really relevant except in proportion to height.
     
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    caruse Boxer Insane

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    The two posts prior to mine both sound to be true...my Laila will be 2 in May..her father was big but mother was small and she weighs in at 44 pounds and although I haven't measured her, her legs are short...my Frazier, who is from a litter of Laila's sister is only 8 months,taller than Laila, long legs and body and weighs in at 46 pounds already! So same family lines can all be different..but I love them both the same!!! Great personalities and dispositions!!
    Good luck
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  5. BxrMommieNAZ

    BxrMommieNAZ Boxer Insane

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    My Tyson is now almost 21 months and he's been the same height and weight since he was a year (well he lost weight but that's because he got sick). He's around 23 inches tall and is 60 pounds although he needs to gain 3-5 pounds. My vet would like him at about 65 pounds for his body size. He was the biggest in the litter weighing in at 10 pounds at 6 weeks old, his father was around 80 pounds and not overweight, mother was 70 and not overweight, but he's smaller. So, sometimes things just happen I guess, but no he didn't grow much if any after a year.
     
  6. BillS

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    Yes I have the same thing happening with my Luxor. he is 19.5" to the withers and weighed in at 50lbs just recently at 8.5 months old. I had seen a few other boxers and they were a good 3-5" taller than my puppy at the same age. I will truly admit that it does bother me a little as I wish he was taller ( crossing my fingers and hoping he will go through a growth spurt here ) however he is the best dog I have ever had and is all I could ever expect in a dog . So both he and I are both healthy and happy is which counts.

    The thing that really got me the other day was I was walking my puppy recently and came across another guy walking his boxer.... the comment to me was " oh you got a small one huh"...lol... my girlfiend ( oops sp?) says it is just machoisim at its worst...lol

    has anyone had a boxer go through a big growth spurt after 9 months? I honestly cant tell about the " knuckles" .... just hope for the best I guess.

    At least I am not the only one obsessing about my dogs size as proven by the hundreds of posts regarding it.... I understand.
     
  7. Lunsee

    Lunsee Boxer Pal

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    I have 2 boxers. I have a male 1 1/2 yrs and a female 2 1/2. I just got the male about a month ago, and when i got him I thought he was big. The female i have she is small, she was the runt. I took them both to the dog park last week. Did I get a wake up call. This woman brought 2 boxers with her and the one was taller than both of mine, That made me wonder about my 2. I love the 2 I have but I like the tall and thinner ones better. Carl
     
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