6 week Great Pyrenees too big?

by Heather
(Sherwood, AR, US)

We just got a great pyrenees/german shepherd from someone on a swip swap group. They said she was six weeks but she is SO big I just find that so hard to believe. I made an appointment with her but I think due to the time of year they cannot get us in until the 15th. My best guess is she is 12 pounds. She's definitely a puppy but she's so large. What is the average 6 month size?

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Dec 04, 2016
Too big
by: Donna

It's unfortunate you got your dog online.

6 weeks is too young to be taken from its mother. It needs to be with its mom for the full 8-weeks to learn many things from its mother including how not to be aggressive with its littermates and her.

She would also have needed that extra nutrition from her mom.

This pup would not have received the crucial socialization and handling by many many different people in order for her not to become fear aggressive as she matures. It seems she has missed out on this. You must get her socialized and handled by many many people if she has any chance at becoming a good canine neighbour.

Weight is the least of your worries.

You have a Shepherd/Pyr mix. It's hard to say how much she should weigh.

If you had gotten your pup from an AKC (American Kennel Club) breeder, they would have helped you with any questions you had. You would have had a well-socialized dog and would have known what you were going to get in the end.

Your vet will be able to check the pup out.

Dec 04, 2016
Overcoming a bad start
by: Ed A. From NJ

Yes your dog had a bit of a rocky start but all is not lost. This young puppy will be fine with scoilizing and love. The vet is important part to make sure she is healthy of body. But you will make her strong of mind! With correct socializing with both people and other dogs she will fall right in line. I don't belive time heals it is love that heal all short comings. As to size it is a little harder with a mix to tell where she should be on the growth chart but my buy my baby newf was considered a runt at 12 weeks old and 24 pounds. She proved them wrong now at 17 months she is already 180 pounds! Some runt!!

Dec 19, 2016
Feeding my Great Pyrenees pup
by: Anonymous

I have a Great Pyrenees pup also given to me at 6 wks old He's a bit of a nipper now but im nicking in the butt & 7wks bout 12lbs b also im feeding him 2\3 cup 3 times a day please someone tell me is that ok or too much thanks

Feb 02, 2017
by: Anonymous

Our girl Angel was 15 pounds at 8 weeks. They are big dogs. People were shocked to find out she was only 8 weeks oldd.

Aug 15, 2020
Puppy size
by: Chris

We raise and foster Pyrenees and for six weeks old that is right on. Our current babies weigh in from 10.5 to 12.7 PDFs at six weeks. So it’s not too large. Also yeah six weeks is too soon but not undoable. Just make sure they are getting extra fat and nutrients. We give ours a high protein gel either straight or mixed in warm water then poured over their puppy food. It also helps if they are having trouble eating dry food and so their guns don’t get sore. We never let ours go till 8 weeks and some 12 weeks if they are wanting them acclimated to farm animals and other GP.

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