And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
Like his father, this dragon doesn't care that he's smaller than a house cat--in his mind, he's as large as a mountain. He flirts with dragons many times his size, attempts to beat up bad dragons that are many times his size, and is frequently nearly flattened by things that are many times his size. Yet none of these facts prevent him from going out every day and living the exact same justice-defending reckless life he's always lived. His mother gets worried for him, but his dad insists that the little tyke will be fine--and somehow or another, he always is.