should i get the runt of a litter?
i found a 6wk old chocolate lab pup who is the runt of the litter.
should i have worries or will she grow up just fine?
It's impossible to say for sure, but just because a puppy is the smallest (or the 'runt') that doesn't mean that she's inferior to her bigger siblings.
Sometimes a runt is tiny because he/he has health problems, often ones that are there at birth. But most often, it's simply due to her genes (every pup is different and some are just bigger than others naturally, like human brothers and sisters) or to her position in the womb, or because her momma had a big litter.
If this little puppy is happy, healthy and active, then there's no reason why she won't grow up to be a happy, healthy adult. She may never be the biggest of her siblings (although sometimes the smallest one DOES end up being the biggest), but she will still be a great dog.
Often the smaller pups have the biggest personalities too :)
I hope this helps, best of luck with your pup.
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