October 16, 2008
Golden Retriever Puppy Growth Charts
Thank you so much for our new puppy Cooper!! He is just as great as I hoped he'd be. After putting down our 14yr old Golden this summer, I'm so happy I was able to find another wonderful Golden who will bring the same love and happiness into our lives. Everyone adores him, and he is already very well-trained and behaved!! Excited for the many fun days ahead of us.
The Meinhardt Family
When I searched the internet for a Golden Retriever puppy growth chart a couple years ago, I couldn't find one. I wanted to find out if my puppy was growing correctly with others of the same breed and sex. So, I decided to start collecting data from my own dogs and puppies and started my own. When placed online for my puppy buyers to view, I was amazed at the number of visitors to the site with other Goldens looking for the same information I was. So, I am now offering anyone out there who comes across this page to include their dog or puppy by submitting information to me below.
I have calculated the average weight for each age, according to sex. I have also listed the smallest and largest puppy size for reference. This will give you an estimate of how much your puppy will weigh at each phase of his or her life.
Please help me keep these charts up to date! There are a wide range of Golden sizes out there, so I'd love for you to share with me your dog's current age with weight and/or height, so I can figure averages more accurately. Please measure from floor to the top of the shoulder.
Height (at top of shoulders) in inches:
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How To Use These Charts
1. Please submit your puppy's weight and height. The page will not be updated immediately, but often in a few days. Please return to the site and resubmit information when your puppy reaches a new age bracket. The more users who submit information, the more accurate the charts will be.
2. To determine whether your puppy is small, large, or average-sized for his/her age, first find the correct chart based on your puppy's sex. Scroll down until you find your puppy's age on the left hand column. Then, compare your puppy's weight with each column next to that age. If your puppy's weight is identical or very close to the LARGEST column, your puppy is considered big for his age. If his weight is closer to the SMALLEST column, then he is on the smaller side for his age. The same holds true if his weight is close to the AVERAGE column.
3. To predict future weights/heights for your puppy, watch your puppy's growth over a period of time. If your puppy's weight seems to be always in the average range, you can then scroll down the average column to determine an estimate of how big he may be as an adult. The same holds true for the other columns as well. Remember, this is only an estimate.
Why Is There Such A Wide Range Of Sizes For One Age?
It won't take long to notice that there is a wide range of sizes for a specific age. This is due to three main factors:
1. Golden Retrievers "come" in a variety of types, all of different sizes. For example, Goldens of field lines tend to be smaller, while dogs of English lines are larger. These charts are for all Golden Retrievers. So one may assume that smaller puppies may be of a field line, while larger ones may be from English, or just bigger-framed dogs.
2. Weights and heights reported may be affected by health problems or over-generous owners. For example, a small puppy may be ill or recovering from an illness where much weight was lost. Larger puppies may be fat, as a result of improper feeding amounts.
3. Human error in recording or submitting information. Perhaps end users are unaware that their bathroom scales are inaccurate, or didn't mean to submit 23, but 33 in the submission box. Perhaps the puppy wouldn't hold still when trying to get a height measurement. All of these factors is why these charts aren't 100% foolproof. It is only estimates based on the information provided.
How Can A Younger Puppy Be Bigger Than An Older Puppy Or An Older Puppy Smaller Than A Younger Puppy?
Sometimes younger age groups have larger sizes when compared side by side. This can be due to the reasoning stated for why there is a wide range of sizes for age (see above). Also, I sometimes receive more information for one age than another. I may have 10 puppies to record for the three month age and only one or two puppies to record for the 11 weeks age. The more puppies compared, the better the estimate. As more information is submitted for 11 weeks, this should eventually round out so that the younger aged puppies are smaller than the older puppies.
Aren't Males Supposed To Be Bigger Than Females?
Yes, males are generally larger than females. This doesn't always hold true when viewing the charts. For reasoning behind this, please refer to the circumstances listed in two questions above.
Why Do The Adult Sizes Differ Than The AKC Standard's Sizes?
The AKC's Golden Retriever Standard states that males should weigh 65-75 pounds and stand 23-24 inches tall when measured at the top of the withers (shoulders). Females should weigh 55-65 pounds and stand 21.5-22.5 inches tall. Many breeders do not stick to these guidelines when breeding Goldens, unless they are strictly showing dogs and trying to achieve this as part of their breeding program. Many prefer a larger Golden and therefore continue to breed dogs that are larger than the standard recommends. Others prefer a smaller dog, and the same happens. The average Golden Retriever in America is a pet, and most likely doesn't fit in these guidelines. Also, many of the circumstances stated in the above questions applies here as well.
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