Many Labrador prospects and owners often ask themselves the question: How big does a Labrador Retriever get? Here is a detailed explanation of how big a Labrador Retriever grows and how long it takes to reach its maximum size.
A Labrador Retriever usually grows 14 to 18 months and is therefore fully grown. A male reaches a size of 56 to 58 cm with a weight of 29 to 36 kg. A female Labrador is 54 to 55 cm tall and weighs 25 to 32 kg.
How Big Does a Labrador Retriever Get?
A Labrador Retriever reaches over 90% of its final size after about 7 months. From the 16th month he is almost fully grown. Slight growth beyond that is nothing unusual. A Labrador should have reached its final size by the age of 2.
The following diagram shows the average size of Labrador Retriever in the first 24 months.
Good to know: A Labrador Retriever puppy grows the fastest in the first 7 months. This is also the time when the larger growth spurts take place. During the growth spurts, a dog is more tired and less resilient.
Average Size of Labrador Retriever
A fully grown Labrador Retriever should be:
|Weight||25 kg||35 kg|
|Shoulder height||54 cm||57 cm|
|Neck circumference||50 cm||55 cm|
|Back length||55 cm||60 cm|
Weight gain in the first few months
The weight gain of a female Labrador and a male dog in the first few months is shown here. These values are averages and should only be used as a guide.
Weight of Female Labrador
- At 3 months the weight should be between 10 kg and 12 kg
- At 6 months the weight should be between 18 kg and 22 kg
- At 1 year the weight should be between 24 and 31 kg
- When fully grown, the weight should be between 25 kg and 32 kg
Here is the weight table of a female Labrador:
|Age||Min. Weight||Max. Weight|
|3 months||10 kg||12 kg|
|4 months||13 kg||17 kg|
|5 months||16 kg||20 kg|
|6 months||18 kg||22 kg|
|7 month||20 kg||25 kg|
|8 months||22 kg||27 kg|
|9 months||22 kg||28 kg|
|10 months||23 kg||30 kg|
|11 months||24 kg||31 kg|
|12 months||24 kg||32 kg|
|mature||25 kg||32 kg|
Weight of Male Labrador
- At 3 months the weight should be between 11 kg and 13 kg
- At 6 months the weight should be between 21 kg and 25 kg
- At 1 year the weight should be between 28 and 34 kg
- When fully grown, the weight should be between 29 kg and 36 kg
Here is the weight table of a male Labrador:
|Age||Min. Weight||Max. Weight|
|3 months||11 kg||13 kg|
|4 months||15 kg||17 kg|
|5 months||18 kg||21 kg|
|6 months||21 kg||25 kg|
|7 month||23 kg||27 kg|
|8 months||24 kg||29 kg|
|9 months||25 kg||31 kg|
|10 months||26 kg||33 kg|
|11 months||27 kg||34 kg|
|12 months||28 kg||35 kg|
|mature||29 kg||36 kg|
More information about the Labrador weight can be found here.
Monthly Weight Gain
This graph shows the daily weight gain of a Labrador puppy. The maximum is reached after 3 months. Here a Labrador puppy gains around 150 grams per day.
In comparison, the daily weight gain of a Shiba Inu (red line) is shown.
Nutrition During the Growth Phase
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A Labrador Retriever needs special puppy or young dog food in the growth phase. When buying, you should make sure that the packaging says Puppy and not Adult. There is now very good dog food on the market. We recommend the Royal Canin special food for puppies:
Important: The amount of feed, composition (wet / dry feed) should be agreed with the breeder or veterinarian.
Growth in Comparison
How does the Labrador Retriever growth rate compare with the other dog breeds?
- Small breeds of dogs like the Chihuahua are fully grown in approximately 6 months.
- Medium-sized dog breeds like the Shiba Inu grow around 9 months.
- Large dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever or the German Shepherd Dog are fully grown at around 14 months.
- Very large dogs like the St. Bernard are fully grown at around 18 months.
In general, one can say:
A dog is fully grown when a bitch is in heat and the male starts to lift his leg. However, it can take a little longer until the final size is reached. This is faster with small breeds than with large breeds.