A Golden Retriever’s growth throughout different stages of its puppyhood can be so irregular that it’s easy to wonder if something is wrong. In general, the answer is no; growth is not linear for any breed of dog but instead occurs in spurts throughout the first 24 months of life. Nevertheless, it is important to carefully monitor your puppy during this delicate stage of its life, so it is both fun and educational to know the growth sequence of your Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers are one of America’s most popular dog breeds and it’s easy to see why! These dogs make excellent family companions between their happy, devoted temperament, friendly faces, and stunning golden coat. President Gerald Ford even had a “Goldie” named Liberty, which helped increase the popularity of Golden Retrievers among Americans.
The first stage in understanding your dog growth is to become familiar with the mother of the puppies. If the mother pre-pregnancy weight is identified, the puppies ought to weigh approximately 1% of that weight. However, this is the general guide for newborn baby dogs. The healthy puppy must double the birth weight in the first week. The breed precise growth chart can be very useful to measure the progress of your puppy.
How Big Are Golden Retriever Puppies?
All dogs are individuals, including Golden Retriever puppies. Keep in mind that your puppy could be above or below the average size and still be within a healthy range. If a puppy falls well below the small end of the typical size range, it could be the runt of the litter. While it’s easy to fall in love with a runt, be aware that small size could come with some health issues, including a fatal condition known as fading puppy syndrome.
Features Of 8-Week-Old (2-Month-Old) Golden Retriever
By now, your puppy should be settling in since they are highly adaptable. This is also the recommended age to start training. Housebreaking is especially important to avoid bad habits from developing.
If you want her to be friendly to all, socialization at this age is also essential. This will help her grow familiar with strange sights, smells, and sounds. For the diet, stick to feeding her four small meals a day with the same amount mentioned for 7-week Goldens.
How Big Should A 6-Month-Old Golden Retriever Be?
A six-month-old male Golden Retriever will weigh between 35 to 45 pounds, while their female counterpart will weigh around 30 to 35 pounds at the same age.
As for their height, most Golden Retrievers will still need another three to six months to reach their adult height. At this age, they will likely be a few inches away from their adult height, which ranges from 21.5 to 24 inches tall, with male “Goldies” being on the taller end of the range.
What’s A Healthy Weight For A Golden Retriever?
A healthy weight for a Golden Retriever is around 75 lbs (34.01 kg). Every dog is unique, and two dogs can come from the same parents and eat the same food but be of different sizes. Therefore when assessing if your dog is a healthy weight, you should consult a vet for accurate results.
There are some things you can do to figure out if your golden retriever is overweight. If you can feel and see an indentation at your dog’s waist, it’s unlikely that the dog is overweight. You should also be able to feel the dog’s ribs if you apply gentle pressure. If you can’t feel some ribs, your dog is likely overweight.
A dog is obese if it is 20% over average weight for the breed. So if the average weight for a golden retriever is 75 lbs (34.01 kg), above 90 lbs (40.82 kg) would be considered obese for the breed. However, some larger dogs may be healthy at a higher weight, but this will not be the case in most scenarios.
When Do Golden Retrievers Stop Growing?
In this article, we’re going to go through the various stages of your Golden Retriever’s growth. Since there are various stages of a puppy’s life with both physical and cognitive development coming into play—it can be tough to really answer the question – when do Golden Retrievers stop growing?
However, in general, a Golden Retriever will stop growing when they reach the age of around 1.5 years—or 18 months old. You can expect your pet to be at its full height and weight, (which you can follow in the Golden Retriever puppy growth chart), which is around 65-75 pounds for males and 55-65 pounds for females.
Is A Golden Retriever A Large- Or Medium-Sized Dog?
While the Golden Retriever is much larger than some other dogs, it is technically only a medium-sized dog. Medium-sized dogs technically weigh from 20 to 60 pounds and stand from 15 to 25 inches tall. All Golden Retrievers will fit into this category when it comes to height, though some may be slightly above it in terms of weight.
Still, the AKC classifies them as medium-sized dog. This is likely because the large majority of these dogs will fall soundly into the medium category. Even those that technically weigh more than a medium-sized dog will still fall into the medium category if you go on their height.
In other words, the Golden Retriever is usually considered a medium-sized dog. However, they are relatively larger than some other medium breeds.
What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Golden Retriever?
Per the American Kennel Club Official Golden Retriever Breed Standards, a male Golden Retriever should weigh between 65 to 75 pounds, and a female Golden Retriever should weigh between 55 to 65 pounds. Male Golden Retrievers will stand at 23 to 24 inches, while female “Goldies” are slightly shorter at 21.5 to 22.5 inches tall. As adults, Golden Retrievers will appear overall symmetrical and have a powerful body hidden beneath beautiful, golden fur.
How Do I Make Sure My Golden Retriever Is Healthy?
Golden Retrievers are stunning, sunny dogs that easily steal our hearts. Unfortunately, as a purebred dog breed, they are more susceptible to genetic diseases, which can compromise their lifespan and quality of life. However, many genetic disorders can be treated or prevented with regular veterinary care. Remember that prevention is almost always easier and less expensive than treatment. So regular veterinary care, along with a healthy lifestyle, can provide your “Goldie” with the best foundation for a happy, healthy life.
What Happens If A Golden Retriever Does Not Grow Much Or Grows Too Quickly?
Sometimes Golden Retrievers may grow at a different pace and not all be the same size. As a dog owner, this is not something to be majorly concerned about. However, if yours is not growing quickly or growing too quickly, it may be a cause for concern. This may be a sign of malnourishment or an underlying medical condition. Similarly, they can have medical issues when they grow older, causing their immune system to be compromised, their bones and muscles to become weaker.