She still seems skinny

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Perhaps I'm fretting to much, my last dog had medium hair, so you really couldn't see if she was skinny or not, but at 6 months Taína still seems thin to me.  She's wicked strong, and appears to still be growing like a weed, but I would expect here to be a bit more filled out by now.  She's up to my knee (I'm 6") at the shoulders and weighs about 50 lbs or so.

Anyone have a frame of reference they can supply (she has access to plenty of food, I feed her a bit more than the recommendation on the dog food bags, plus my daughter fills the bowl to the rim every time she happens to feed her, no matter how many times I tell her not too). 

R. Marc

Buenemo just posted pictures of her 6mo old girl below your post. This puppy appears to be just the right size of what you might expect out of yours. It is hard to tell from pictures height but her puppy height and the amount it is filled out is just right for this age.There is a way you can tell when they are done growing and this is to look at there knees. If they are still knobby looking they will grow in height, as the growth plates close then the knees flatten out. Keep in mind after they are done growing that they will still be developing muscle mass and filling out and with females are mature around 2. Some males take much longer and mature out around 3. I think 50lb at her age sounds like a nice size girl. If you want to compare the proper size of your female then do some looking at the DPCA website. It is filled with pictures and info to help with this. Hope that helps somewhat.

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Princess will be 6 months old on the 19th. When she was boarded three and half weeks ago she weighed 42 pounds. They do have a tendency to look skinny, but Princess is eating between 6 and 8 cups of dog food a day, Red at 118 now is still only getting 5. Of course he is on thyroid medications and is on limited groceries. She is also drinking about twice what Red is which is indicative of her higher metabolism.

The true test is can you see her ribs? Is her coat shiny and smooth? If the answer to the first is no and the second yes, then she is fine.

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At first I though Soleil was on the skinny side but she filled out fine. I found it strange going from a med/longed haired dog ( my golden retriever) to her.  He was so fluffy he always looked like he weighed more.  My Dobie shot up like a weed.  She even had a fun gawky teenage look for a while where it seemed her legs were too big for her body.  She did not fill out at all till about a year old.  Then she did not fully fill out till about a 2 years.  At 6 months she was around 55lbs by 8 months she was almost 70 by  a year she was 75 now at 2 and 1/2 years old she is 85lbs and fully grown. 

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An update - On June 1st, I had to take Princess into the vet's office and she weighed 54 lbs. At this point she was 6 1/2 months old. I normally feed a dog as much as they will eat in 5 minutes. I cannot do this with Red, as he will eat himself back up to being obese. He is just overweight now.

Up until the time they are about six months old, they grow like weeds and put all their energy into growth. They are never a heavy dog like a Rottie, or even a Lab (except for a few like Red). I am feeding Princess approximately 6 cups of Canidae Life Stages (no grains) a day, typically 2 in the morning (sometimes 3) 2 at mid day (1 if I fed her more in the morning) and 2 in the evening.