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How Much Does A Golden Retriever Weigh?

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Does the size and weight of a golden retriever matter? Indeed, it does, especially for your female golden retriever if you’re to breed it someday. You need to keep track of your little puppy’s growth right from when you buy him.

There is no single, exact figure that can accurately tell the size and weight of a golden retriever, but there are estimates to guide owners.

Note that in their first few months, female golden retrievers are quick to become bigger than their male counterparts. Yet, male retrievers soon become bigger and gain the upper hand in overall weight.

The chart below gives the estimated growth weights of both female and male golden retrievers from puppy age to when they grow and unless your puppy is significantly ahead or behind in these numbers, you have nothing to worry about as every puppy grows at their own rate.

Growth Chart For Female Golden Retrievers

AGE SMALLEST WEIGHT LARGEST WEIGHT AVERAGE WEIGHT
7 weeks

 

5 lb (2.2kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 9 lb (4kg)
8 weeks

 

5 lb (2.2kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 10 lb (4.5kg)
9 weeks

 

8 lb (3.6kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 12 lb (5.4kg)
10 weeks

 

10 lb (4.5kg) 22 lb (9.9kg) 15 lb (6.8kg)
11 weeks

 

12 lb (5.4kg) 25 lb (11.3kg) 17 lb (7.7kg)
3 months

 

16 lb (7.2kg) 33 lb (14.9kg) 22 lb (9.9kg)
4 months

 

22 lb (9.9kg) 44 lb (19.9kg) 30 lb (13.6kg)
5 months

 

25 lb (11.3kg) 52 lb (23.5kg) 40 lb (18.1kg)
6 months

 

27 lb (12.2kg) 61 lb (27.6kg) 44 lb (19.9kg)
7 months

 

31 lb (14kg) 67 lb (30.3kg) 45 lb (20.4kg)
8 months

 

40 lb (18.1kg) 67 lb (30.3kg) 52 lb (23.5kg)
9 months

 

44 lb (19.9kg) 68 lb (30.8kg) 52 lb (23.5kg)
10months

 

50 lb (22.6kg) 68 lb (30.8kg) 60 lb (27.2kg)
11months

 

52 lb (23.5kg) 80 lb (36.2kg) 65 lb (29.4kg)
1 year

 

55 lb (24.9kg) 90 lb (40.8kg) 70 lb (31.7kg)
2 years

 

55 lb (24.9kg) 90 lb (40.8kg) 70 lb (31.7kg)

 Growth Chart For Male Golden Retrievers

AGE SMALLEST WEIGHT LARGEST WEIGHT AVERAGE WEIGHT
7 weeks

 

3 lb (1.3kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 9 lb (4kg)
8 weeks

 

3 lb (1.3kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 11 lb (4.9kg)
9 weeks

 

7 lb (3.1kg) 17 lb (7.7kg) 13 lb (5.8kg)
10 weeks

 

10 lb (4.5kg) 22 lb (9.9kg) 15 lb (6.8kg)
11 weeks

 

12 lb (5.4kg) 25 lb (11.3kg) 17 lb (7.7kg)
3 months

 

16 lb (7.2kg) 34 lb (15.4kg) 23 lb (10.4kg)
4 months

 

25 lb (11.3kg) 55 lb (24.9kg) 33 lb (14.9kg)
5 months

 

27 lb (12.2kg) 67 lb (30.3kg) 42 lb (19kg)
6 months

 

29 lb (13.12kg) 75 lb (34kg) 52 lb (23.5kg)
7 months

 

32 lb (14.5kg) 75 lb (34kg) 59 lb (26.7kg)
8 months

 

40 lb (18.1kg) 77 lb (34.9kg) 61 lb (27.6kg)
9 months

 

45 lb (20.4kg) 77 lb (34.9kg) 61 lb (27.6kg)
10months

 

50 lb (22.6kg) 77 lb (34.9kg) 63 lb (28.5kg)
11months

 

55 lb (24.9kg) 77 lb (34.9kg) 66 lb (29.9.kg)
1 year

 

65 lb (29.4kg) 77 lb (34.9kg) 68 lb (30.8kg)
2 years

 

65 lb (29.4kg) 80 lb (36.2kg) 73 lb (33.1kg)

 At What Age Is My Golden Retriever Fully Grown?

Although you can see significant growth in your retriever from year 1 onwards, they are not fully grown until they are 2 years old. This is when a golden retriever is fully grown.

Even at 1 year old, you’ll notice significant height, your retriever puppy will need an extra year before he will reach full maturity.

The age at which you spay or neuter your dog, his/her genetics, sex and the general care you give your retriever are some factors that can influence your dog’s growth.

What Is The Average Size Of A Golden Retriever?

Averagely, golden retrievers are medium to large-sized dogs. Some factors that influence golden retrievers’ sizes included their lines of breeding. For instance, English golden retrievers are a bit stickier than their American counterparts, who tend to be taller.

Also, the English cream golden retrievers are larger than the American golden retrievers.

Also, sexual size dimorphism plays some role in what size your retriever may be. This simply means that the size of male golden retrievers differs from female retrievers. Male retrievers have been found to be between 1 and 2 inches taller than females, as well as 10 pounds heavier.

How Fast Will My Golden Retriever Grow?

Golden retrievers grow really fast, especially females, as compared to other dog breeds. Your retriever will start developing some weight from her 7th week through to the 11th week.

You will notice that your female retriever, at 1 year old, has already reached her full body size, while male retrievers can take up to a year and a half or slightly more to achieve the same feat. At 2 years, both male and female golden retrievers should be fully matured.

When it comes to height, female retrievers as well tend to achieve full height a bit faster than male retrievers.

How Do I Know My Golden Retriever Is Overweight?

It’s pretty easy! You have to be very observant and be checking with your hands too. Once you can see or feel your retriever’s ribs, you know she’s underweight.

If you cannot feel her ribs at all due to so much flesh, your retriever is overweight, and you might want to reduce the amount of food you give him/her. Also, check what kinds of food you give your dog,

Regular exercises too will help. Obese dogs die younger as a result of the various health risks associated with being overweight, and you do not want to lose your precious friend. Get in touch with your vet to see how best you can help your dog.

Conclusion

Generally, every dog grows at their own pace. Your dog’s weight tells you how their development is going. At each stage of your retriever’s life, you should look out for some key weight indications.

If your retriever’s weight and sizes are too far from the estimated figures on the chart, there might be a reason to consult your vet.

Pay attention to your dog’s diet and general lifestyle, as these have significant implications on their weight.

Make sure you do not overfeed or underfeed your dog, as either will prompt disturbing health implications. Talk to your vet at all times to ensure that your dog’s growth is on the right path.

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