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Hi there,
We just adopted a dog from the Toronto Animal Shelter. He was a stray and was brought in June 2nd, and we adopted him on June 15th. He was a stray and he is really skinny. He weighs 8.5 lbs and first question id like to ask is what is the average weight of a 2 year old Maltese. Second question is this normal and has anyone experienced this, Riley got neutured when he came in the pound on June 2nd, and we have a 6 year old boy at home and all Riley does is just humps his leg non stop. Any suggestions on what to do or if this stops after a while if the hormones go down?
Right now he is at petsmart getting trimmed down, but they said the knots are so bad theyre going to have to shave it really short :( How long does the fur take long to grow back?
Well here are some pictures, hope you like them.

PS: the pound told us he is maltese but i swear he looks something in between? If anyone can confirm this it would be a great help :)


 

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aww bless ur soul for adopting him ! he is a cutie , he looks maltese to me , maybe just on the bigger side... not sure how long hair takes to grow back , some months ? glad u joined sm , unfortunately i have no advice on the humping , i do know that not all the time its sexual , he might jjust be excited .lol
 

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Riley is so cute! So nice that you adopted him, don't worry about them cutting his hair short, it will grow back quickly and he will be more comfortable without the knots.

Perhaps he's humping because he was neutered a little later than usual?

As for his weight, Maltese dogs seem to come in different sizes. Feed him breakfast and dinner and give him lot's of TLC and he will soon gain some happy weight.
 

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Well I just took it to the vet for the first time today, and I go in and the vet tells me ITS NOT NEUTURED! But on the papers it says it has been neutured. So i call the humane and they said its been neutured, i call the hopsital it was neutured at, they had no file it came to get neutured. So now Rylie has to go in to get neutured next week! Any suggestions or comments how they react after, are they calm or excited as usual, eating habits? Hopefully the humping stops :)
 

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I haven't been around in a long time, but welcome to SM!

On the plus side about the shaving, you'll be better able to assess his weight! If he seemed skinny before, he will seem really skinny once he's shaved down--it's always a bit shocking the first time. Here's a simple chart that will help you decide roughly how underweight he is and what he should look like at his ideal weight:

http://www.iams.com/iams/pet-health/body-condition.jsp

I actually shave/clip my dogs down on purpose from time to time--I just think they're still cute and much lower maintenance. If your guy was tightly matted before, hopefully he'll love the freedom of not being constricted by his coat anymore. :thumbsup:

He could be maltese or he could be a mix. The shelters just make their best guess. Often backyard breeders and such will mix their maltese with westies so that they get some larger dams/mothers in their breeding stock--the larger dams can have larger litters which translates to more money for them. You can also have purebred maltese that are larger than the standard. I wouldn't worry about it much--you'll probably never know for sure. I would guess he's maltese with a wee bit of westie in his background.
 

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Neutering is a pretty simple procedure (compared to spaying anyway), so I would expect a very quick bounce back to his normal self after neutering. From what I hear, they often come home the same day and act like themselves.

Zora bounced back to her normal self pretty much as soon as the drugs wore off. So I suspect most boys will bounce back almost immediately. Tiff had complications (she just happened to have raging pyometra at the time but no obvious symptoms) but even she bounced back after a few days.

If the humping continues, here's an article that might help: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/humping/page1.aspx
(Just close the pop-up prompting you to register--you don't need to register.)

That article suggests that it can take a bit of time for the habit to die down on its own after neutering... but it might also persist if it's a dominance thing. On the second page there's a link to 10 or so general dog training tips that they suggest might help curb dominance humping. Worth a look imo!
 

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Well I just took it to the vet for the first time today, and I go in and the vet tells me ITS NOT NEUTURED! But on the papers it says it has been neutured. So i call the humane and they said its been neutured, i call the hopsital it was neutured at, they had no file it came to get neutured. So now Rylie has to go in to get neutured next week! Any suggestions or comments how they react after, are they calm or excited as usual, eating habits? Hopefully the humping stops :)
:HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:sorry I have to laugh. If he is not neutered he has all his "balls". If he is neutered, there is only the penis left. NOW if there are no balls and the vet said he is not neutered, it could be that his testicles are not descended. But don't kid yourself, the humping won't stop. Mine still humps me after 13 years. You will have to try and stop this behavior.
 
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