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    We adopted a male pyr three months ago from a rescue group. They found our sweet boy severely malnourished with embedded nails and a terrible skin infection. At that time, he weighed about 40 pounds. When we adopted him, he was 60 pounds but still obviously underweight for his size. The rescue group estimated he was "between 1 and 2 years old - probably closer to 2." Currently, he is almost 80 pounds and appears to be a healthy weight. Looking at various growth charts online, this would suggest he is about 8 or 9 months of age. Based on what the rescue group told us, we are feeding him adult food, but I am now wondering if they were mistaken and we should go back to puppy food. Could he be undersized for his age due to early malnourishment, or is it more likely that the rescue group overestimated his age? Is there a reliable way of determining his age?

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    Is the rescue group a pyr rescue? If it is then chances are they are likely pretty close with their age estimate. To estimate age, typically you look at the teeth (how white and new they look), the shoulder and chest development, and sometimes the coat.

    It isn't true that pyrs are in the 130-150 lb range. Most pyrs that are more than 130 lbs are overweight, some outright obese. There are lots of 120 lb pyrs that really should be 100. So weight in itself is not really helpful in determining age. Pyrs commonly range anywhere from 25" to 32" at the withers (the shoulder blades); this is a huge range in height thus there is a big variation in weight of the dogs. My guy is 3, he is 28" tall and weighs 92. He didn't hit 80 lbs until he was 10 months old. At two years he was 86; it took another year to hit 90. If your guy is closer to 2 years, you would see a deeper chest. If he has very flat chest, meaning that his chest is still relatively even with his belly, then he's closer to 1 as opposed to 2.

    There is no need to put him on puppy food. I would think he's likely anywhere between 10 months to 2 years. Once he's nearing a year old, large breed puppy food will not provide him anything better than adult food. The primary reason for using large breed puppy food is that the calcium/phosphorous content and ratio is appropriate for large breed pups. Once a puppy is past 6 months, the calcium/phosphorous concern is no longer an issue.

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    Thanks for replying, Jewel. We got him from a rescue group in a small town that does not specialize in pyrs. Regarding his chest size, it has definitely begun to deepen over the past month but was relatively flat when we adopted him three months ago. He was shaved when we got him, so it's hard to say when his second coat truly started to grow in. Thank you for all your help. It sounds like the rescue group was fairly accurate with their estimation.

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