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Hi Everybody. I have a seven month old red female. I am starting to worry that there might be something wrong because she only weighs about forty pounds. Everything seems fine with her general behavior. She is a little fussy about food and rarely finishes (2 cups dry and 1/3 can wet twice a day). Should I be worried or am I just going to have a smaller Doberman?

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You can't simply look at her weight...  Can you see her ribs and other bones sticking out? Does she clearly look underweight?  How tall is she?  These are all things to consider.  Also, is she purebred?  How big are her parents?  

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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_83OotDXqde0/TAKUkaIoj1I/AAAAAAAAEu0/hx1l-dKi1_I/s1600/dog_weight_chart1.jpg

It's a weird link, but the image will show you the general way of looking at a dogs body.  You want to stand over them and look at them.  The main focus should be that you want to see a "trim" waist, but not the large protrusion of ribs.

If you're thinking just because she's 40 pounds in itself that she's underweight, that isn't going to give you an indication.  You have to consider her size in proportion to her weight, that she's growing, etc.  Health is better over size.

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She is a little ribby but not emaciated. If I'm measuring correctly she's about 23'' at the withers. She is a purebred. Mom, Grandma and Dad weren't extremely tall but the females were in the 60-70lbs range and dad was about 80lbs. I'm just worried that her occasional lack of interest in food is robbing her of important growth.

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Thank you for your response. I checked tha link and she runs somewhere between normal and thin. She was the last of the litter to go and I'd be fine if she ends up being a little smaller. Was never interested in having a giant Doberman. I just want her to be healthy :)

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@ sdiponti, I had a doberman once, Sasha, the 'runt' of her litter, who had a very high metabolism or something because that dog could eat like a horse and never gain any weight, but she mostly just picked and snacked at her food. That's just the way she was.  Her belly 'tucked up' so high, she looked like she was being starved.  My friends and family all used to tell me "you better FEED that dog" but she was high-strung, had tons of energy, and just stayed on the thinner side all her life.  She wasn't 'skinny' like ribs or backbone sticking out, she was very healthy, had good muscle tone, but just didnt have an ounce of fat on her body at all.  If Maddie's healthy and happy, that's what counts.