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Is my 15 month old Setter girl too small?

Our little Luna is 15 months old now and we're beginning to suspect she might not be as heavy as she ought to be.

She was weighed a month ago at 18.2KG and again today at the same weight. She appears to have stopped growing. From internet searches the consensus seems to be that she should be 23-25kg by now. We had her annual health check today and the vet said she is healthy in every way, coat, teeth, eyes etc. She is roughly 60cm at the shoulder which is fairly standard, if on the shorter end of the "normal" spectrum.

Luna is a very active dog. I've mentioned on another thread that she covers way more ground on walks than our friends Working Cockers or Labs. She runs around like a whippet, except for much, much longer. We're feeding her two large bowls of food a day. She's very relaxed about her "breakfast" and much more enthusiastic about her dinner.

Are there any Setter owners out there who could comment on whether Luna's weight is something we should be worried about?

We're still waiting for her to have her first season.

I'm afraid I don't have a current full length image of her. I'll take one asap and attach it.

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Luna is beautiful! No need to worry! You will reach your full weight at the age of three!

Luna is very pretty and appears to be in good condition. One of my girls is VERY active. I feed her 2 to 3 cups of food twice a day in the summer and 2 to 2.25 cups in winter. My other girl is happy to lay around the house all day. She eats 1.25 cups twice daily. Huge difference between the two (they are only 4 months apart in age.) My trouble was getting her to eat because she just wants to chase birds and butterflies all day. ;) So, we add a bit of bacon fat to her meals. Not much, just a few drops to add to the aroma to encourage her to eat. I used to worry a lot about her when she was about the same age as your Luna but her coat was shiny and her eyes were bright. The vet told us she wished that EVERY dog that graced her doors was in as great condition as she is. As long as your vet isn't concerned, Luna appears healthy in all other ways and she continues to be active I wouldn't worry. However, don't hesitate to add .25 cups of food to each meal and reduce if she starts to get a bit paunchy. If her ribs are sticking out I would be a bit concerned, but from the photos she looks awesome! Once her ribs spring a bit more as she matures you will feel better. She is still young.

EDIT: Sorry, I just realized this post is old. Hopefully Luna remains healthy and beautiful. :)

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your considered response. Luna is in perfect health and is a very happy intelligent dog, full of life. We couldn't be happier. She's two years old this month and still a little on the small side and we're still waiting for her to have her first season. She may have had one that we hadn't noticed tbh. The size thing doesn't bother us in the slightest, my original post was really just out of curiosity.

She's very active, which suits us as a family, and she's constantly turning heads and receiving compliments and making new friends.




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