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Monday, November 26, 2007

Lab Weight Scale

Growing Chocolate Lab: Dakota
So many people e-mail me asking what the proper weight is for a Labrador Retriever or how big their pup will get. Lab owners must realize that each Lab is different plus there are two distinct types of Labs: American (Field) Labs and English (Show) Labs. Our Lab Brats are the English breed and therefore are larger than the leaner American Labs. However, with Cheyenne & Dakota's help, we have put together this age weight scale based on the Lab Brats themselves. Now, remember, the Lab Brats are full blood sisters from the same dame and sire but from two separate litters.

Dakota
7w - 10.5 lbs
7m - 50.6 lbs
12m - 83.4 lbs
14m - 83.4 lbs
15m - 82.9 lbs
16m - 82.9 lbs
19m - 85.2 lbs
20m - 88.3 lbs
21m - 85.4 lbs
2yr - 80.6 lbs
2yr - 82.7 lbs
Today (~3yr) - 80.6 lbs

Cheyenne
5w - 8.5 lbs
9w - 11.4 lbs
11w - 16.6 lbs
12w - 16.6 lbs
13w - 16.6 lbs
15w - 27.2 lbs
19w - 34.8 lbs
6m - 45.1 lbs
7m - 56.0 lbs
8m - 63.4 lbs
9m - 63.4 lbs
10m - 66.4 lbs
11m - 66.4 lbs
12m - 66.4 lbs
13m - 71.8 lbs
15m - 71.3 lbs
16m - 71.3 lbs
18m - 66.1 lbs
19m - 66.1 lbs
21m - 74.2 lbs
23m - 72.3 lbs
Today (2yr) - 70.8 lbs

Luckily for us, Dakota and Cheyenne are now full grown and won't be getting any bigger. Due to Dakota's hip dysplasia, we cut off 8 lbs of her weight to help decrease the weight her hips need to bare. Although both dogs are very big, they are very muscular and lean. This is the proper weight for a dog; healthy. You should be able to see the ribs but not be able to count them by looking at them. As Labrador's are a large breed dog, the right amount of high quality food and exercise is crucial.

So, I hope this answers many of the questions new Lab owners have. Since there is no specific growth chart or weight scale for dog breeds, it is difficult to say exactly how much your dog should weigh. However, I hope this will help give some new Lab owners an idea of how to maintain a healthy and happy Lab.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a huge help; thanks so much for this post! We adopted a chocolate lab puppy from a rescue organization a bit over a month ago; since then he has doubled in size. Because the mom was rescued from a neglect situation, we didn't think her weight was a good measure for our pup (he is also male). She was only 40lbs when the organization rescued her. Our pup is now about 16lbs at 12 weeks. He is doing well, we are feeding him according to our vet's recommendations; he's certainly not overweight at all (seems very lean for a puppy, but the vet says he is growing fine - just not a stocky build). This probably means that they are American not British, I think that I understood.

Your post was very helpful, because I think we can be fairly sure he will end up a great deal larger than his Mom. We just adore him and he's fit into our family wonderfully. Our children and other dog have all adjusted well.

Thanks,
Liz in Phx

April 02, 2008 3:11 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I am so glad this was able to help you Liz and thank you for rescuing that chocolate baby! :)

April 02, 2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

I love your site! I got Trina, a black lab, a little over two months ago, when she was 8 weeks old. She weighed 20 pounds. I went to the vet yesterday, and she weighed 38lbs. She's definitely shooting up.

September 16, 2008 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you this has helped me a lot! We rescued a black lab when he was 8 weeks old and I was wondering what weight he should be now at 17 weeks (he is 33 lbs) so it looks like he is on track.

May 22, 2009 2:24 PM  
Blogger RONUBLE said...

hi, thank for this post, i was looking for this kind of chart coz im scaried of my little guy weight. He is a yellow labrador and his weight at almost 5 months is 21.4kilos (or 47lbs) i dont what happends with him, is so big for a labrador puppy !

please write to me if you can explain this, ive readed lot of thing about labradors but his weight is not ok ;( and he is no fat

i have an animal blog too, but is spanish blog ;)

June 09, 2009 7:29 AM  

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