It can be an exciting time to have a new Labradoodle puppy, but it is also important to be able to help them grow as healthy and strong as you want your puppy to be.
One way to help that is to use a Labradoodle size chart, which will give you average growth rates for Labradoodle puppies.
There are three main types of Labradoodles, however, so you will not be able to just look at a general size chart.
Given the various Poodle sizes that go into Labradoodles, you will need to make sure that your size chart aligns with your puppy.
We have broken down everything that you need to know about your Labradoodle puppy, from the weight chart, to what factors you should know.
When Do Labradoodles Stop Growing?
Looking at your Labradoodle puppy, it might be hard to imagine what size he will be when he finally stops growing. But the question remains: when do Labradoodles stop growing?
You need to remember that there are three types of Labradoodles, so there is no simple answer to this question.
You can use a Labradoodle size chart to get an idea of when they will stop growing, so long as you use the chart that is appropriate for your dog.
Based on the averages, a mini Labradoodle will stop growing between 10 and 12 months.
They will slow down growing after the 5-month mark but keep growing for several more months before reaching their official adult size.
A medium Labradoodle is not too different than a mini Labradoodle is as far as growth goes.
They will grow the most during the first 5 months, but then slow down growth. These pups can stop growing between 12 and 14 months.
Finally, a Standard Labradoodle also does his fastest growing during the first months of life but will slow down after 6 months.
These Labradoodles will also stop growing somewhere between 12 and 16 months old.
Labradoodle Size Chart
A Labradoodle weight chart can be used as a guide to help you determine whether your puppy is growing at the right speed.
You use a weight chart by taking your pup’s current weight, based on age and make it to the average weights.
Once you know where your puppy is on the spectrum, you can follow it up to his adult weight.
Mini Labradoodle Size
Mini Labradoodles are the smallest of the Labradoodle types. They grow very quickly, as you will be able to see with the growth chart.
Because they are a Lab mixed with a mini Poodle, they are smaller than the other Labradoodles.
At about 5 months old, a mini Labradoodle should be about half of his final weight. After the 5-month mark, the puppy will slow down in his growth until about his first birthday.
This might sound like a lot but remember that these are small dogs. At 2 months, most mini Labradoodles are only around 5 pounds. At 10 months, they weigh between 30 and 45 pounds.
You will need to be sure that you are using a mini Labradoodle size chart and not one that is for a medium or standard Labradoodle as none of them grow at the same speeds and do not wind up the same weights.
Medium Labradoodle Size
When looking at the Labradoodle growth chart, you might see that the rate that a medium Labradoodle grows is about the same as the rate that mini Labradoodle grows.
They also reach about half of their final weight at the 5-month mark, it is just that they are naturally larger than the mini Labradoodles are.
A medium Labradoodle will continue to grow up until 12-14 months old. They will have the bulk of their growth prior to 9 months old but will not stop growing until at least their first birthday.
You can calculate a medium Labradoodle’s adult size. You need to wait until your puppy is 18 weeks old, and then multiply that weight by two.
That is a good estimate to how large your dog will be as an adult.
For example, if you have a 20-pound Labradoodle at 18 weeks, you can assume your dog will be about 40 pounds when he is an adult. On average, a medium Labradoodle is between 40-50 pounds.
Standard Labradoodle Size
The Standard Labradoodle is the largest of the three sizes. It is called a Standard, not because it is the most common, but because the dog is a Labrador Retriever mixed with a Standard Poodle.
Just like the two other sizes, Standard Labradoodles grow very quickly for the first 5-6 months after birth.
Their growth rate will also seem faster, because they are ultimately bigger than the other two.
The Standard Labradoodle will continue to grow until at least their first birthday, just like the other Labradoodle sizes, but they will also continue to grow up until 16 months on the high end.
You can calculate a Standard Labradoodle’s weight by doubling your puppy’s weight at 23 weeks.
So, if your Labradoodle is 35 pounds when he is 23 weeks, you can estimate that he will weigh around 70 pounds when he is done growing.
Labradoodle Weight Chart
|Age||Mini Labradoodle||Medium Labrdoodle||Standard Goldendoodle|
|2 months||10 lbs||15 lbs||20 lbs|
|3 months||13 lbs||18 lbs||25 lbs|
|4 months||16 lbs||22 lbs||32 lbs|
|5 months||19 lbs||27 lbs||38 lbs|
|6 months||22.5 lbs||33 lbs||46 lbs|
|7 months||25 lbs||37 lbs||50 lbs|
|8 months||26 lbs||39 lbs||53 lbs|
|9 months||27 lbs||41 lbs||55 lbs|
|10 months||28 lbs||42 lbs||57 lbs|
|11 months||29 lbs||43 lbs||58 lbs|
|12 months||30 lbs||45 lbs||60 lbs|
How Big Will My Labradoodle Puppy Get?
All puppies start out so small and cute that it can be difficult to imagine how big your puppy will be when he is fully grown.
Thankfully there are ways for you to determine how large your dog will be as an adult. The first is to use a Labradoodle puppy growth chart.
This works based on averages to see where your pup is now compared to where he will be fully grown.
Another way to work out how big your puppy will be is to look at his parents, if you have access.
As there are so many different sizes of Labradoodles, the best thing is to look at the dog’s two parents and get an idea of where, in between the two, your dog will likely fall.
Looking at a puppy’s paws can also be a guide. Paws that look oversized on a small puppy means that you are going to have a large dog as they are going to have to grow a lot to fill out their paws.
Finally, you can use a DNA test to see what the breed makeup of your pup is and get an idea of how big he can get.
Labradoodle Growth Chart – What To Expect
Birth – 2 Weeks
When you are looking at our growth chart, you will be able to see from your pup’s birth size all of the way up to his adult size.
When a puppy is born, his eyes will be shut. He will open them within the first couple of weeks, but will stay by his mother the entire time. He will rely entirely on his mother’s milk for food as well.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
For a Labradoodle puppy, there is a lot of growth that happens between 3 weeks and 12 weeks of age. At 3 weeks, your Labradoodle will still be very small and rely on his mother for nutrition.
Puppies tend to begin to move around at this point, gradually exploring their world.
By 8 weeks, you puppy will be off his mother’s milk and will be ready to be rehomed. At 12 weeks, you will have a much bigger puppy looking for trouble.
4 Months – 6 Months
There are some growth changes in between 4 month and 6 months of age. Your puppy will begin to lose his teeth.
If you have a larger Labradoodle you will see a high rate of growth still at this point.
If you have a smaller Labradoodle, you will see a slowdown in growth during this time period. Puppies get into a lot of trouble chewing at this age as well as they combat their teething.
7 Months – 9 Months
Your Labradoodle’s growth should be slowing down between 7 and 9 months of age.
Most Labradoodles still have some growing to do, so will not be finished growing at this point, but the speed at which they are growing will definitely slow down.
Food-wise, this is a good time to drop your dog down to only two meals a day but keep him on puppy food until his first birthday.
10 Months – 12 Month
Some Labradoodles will still be gaining height when they are 10 months old, but others will stay where they are.
Use the Labradoodle growth chart as a guide to see when your puppy will likely reach his final height.
At 12 months old, you can transition your puppy from kibble to regular dog food. Even if there is still a little bit of growing to do, puppy food is much higher in calories.
Labradoodles should be done growing by their first birthday, regardless of the type of Labradoodle that they are.
If you have a larger Labradoodle, you should not see any more gains in height, but you will continue to see some weight gain for a while yet.
Some dogs are done gaining weight at 12 months, while others may take 18 or even 24 months.
Factors That Affect Labradoodle Puppy Growth
Genetics is the key factor in all breeds of dog as far as what affects their growth, but Labradoodles are especially affected by this.
It is because the Poodle mix in their breed can come in so many different sizes.
Labrador Retrievers are more consistent and predictable, but Poodles are not.
Looking at what size of Poodle has been bred with the Lab will help you know how big your pup will get and how quickly that will happen.
A Labradoodle is more likely to fall in between his parents in size, since he is a mixed breed, making genetics the biggest indicator you have.
The second factor that can affect a Labradoodle puppy’s growth is nutrition. Most puppies will be well taken care of, naturally, but sadly that is not always the case.
Puppies who live on the street or who are neglected by their owners will not receive the proper nutrients that they need to grow healthy and strong.
In this case, the growth defects are likely internal and will not appear until your dog ages.
Physical Activity & Health
The final major factor that will affect your Labradoodle puppy’s growth is physical activity and health.
Puppies need exercise to stay fit and healthy, but a puppy that is overexerted will have too much strain put on his body and he will not grow as well as a puppy who was allowed rest.
Also, puppies that are sickly cannot grow as much as healthy dogs, because their bodies are working hard on their health, leaving growth on the backburner.
Will Neutering/Spaying My Labradoodle Affect His Growth?
It has long been the standard to spay or neuter your puppy as soon as possible.
It usually happens at the 6-month mark, in order to ensure that they are large enough to withstand the anaesthesia and not so mature that they have reached sexual maturity.
The purpose of this was to stop a female pup from going into heat and having an unwanted pregnancy or to stop a male from reproducing.
Puppies that mate too young also have their growth at risk, so the idea was to save them in the long run.
Unfortunately, there is new information that has come out in recent years.
Studies have shown that dogs, especially larger breeds, which are spayed or neutered before they have finished growing are more likely to have joint issues when they are older.
This is because altering their bodies during their growth will affect other parts of their bodies as well.
Bernedoodle vs Labradoodle Size
A Bernedoodle is also a mixed breed, much like the Labradoodle.
The difference is where a Labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever, a Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.
The dogs do have a lot of similarities, but the Bernedoodle is a little bit larger than a Labradoodle is.
Much of their size is based on the type of Poodle that has been mixed with the Labrador or the Bernese Mountain Dog, but in all of the cases, the Bernedoodles will be bigger, weighing as much as 90 pounds.
What If My Labradoodle Is Not The Right Weight
If you have been following your Labradoodle growth chart and you see that your pup is not growing at a consistent weight, you might be a little concerned.
It is normal to worry that your puppy is not as healthy as he should be.
Since growth spurts can be unpredictable and you will not necessarily know when they happen, sometimes a puppy will stray off of his expected weight and size.
The concern is when your puppy has completely fallen off of the growth curve, whether in being too large or too small.
If it was a one-time occurrence, that is one thing, but if your puppy is simply not growing at the right pace, it is best to speak with your vet to make sure there is nothing else going on.
You should be weighing your puppy routinely to get a good idea about how fast he has been going and these records will help your vet immensely.
How Much To Feed A Growing Labradoodle Puppy?
Feeding your Labradoodle puppy the right amount of food can be easy as long as you stick to a schedule.
Given their curly fur, the regular visual check that you can do to monitor the size of other breeds is incredibly difficult.
To know how much you need to feed your Labradoodle, you will need to focus on his age. Puppies between the age of 8 and 12 weeks need about 4 equal meals a day.
Between 3 and 6 months, this can be reduced to 3 meals a day, dropping to 2 meals at 6 months.
The quantity of food will depend on the type of food that it is as well as the type of Labradoodle that you have and his activity level.
Take your pup in for regular weight checks with the vet and ask her what food recommendations she has.
How To Choose A Labradoodle Size
Since there are three different types of Labradoodles, you will need to choose which type of Labradoodle is right for you. The ultimate factor to help you decide is which size is right for you.
A Standard Labradoodle is between 22 and 24 inches in height for males and between 21 and 23 inches for a female. Their weights range between 50 and 65 pounds. This is the biggest size.
The medium Labradoodle is between 18 and 20 inches for a male and 17 and 19 inches for a female. They weigh between 30 and 45 pounds.
The smallest Labradoodle is the mini Labradoodle that stands between 14 and 16 inches for either sex and weighs between 15 and 25 pounds.
How To Properly Weight And Measure My Labradoodle?
Weighing your Labradoodle puppy consistently is essential to his overall health.
This can help you be certain that your puppy is growing as much and as quickly as he should be. Ideally, weighing your puppy twice a month will give you a good amount of data to go with.
To weigh your puppy, you can weigh yourself while holding the puppy, note the weight. Then, weigh yourself again without the puppy.
The difference in weights is your puppy’s weight. If your puppy is too large to hold, you should be able to take him into the vet to have a weight checkup.
Labradoodle Genetics And Common Health Problems
All dog breeds are more prone to certain genetic conditions than others.
Following the Labradoodle size chart is only going to help you determine your puppy’s size, it cannot determine potential health issues.
One of the most common genetic conditions that Labradoodles face is hip dysplasia. This happens as the dog ages and will result in mobility issues.
Labradoodles can also suffer from epilepsy, but this can typically be controlled well with the right medicine.
An eye condition that Labradoodles are at risk of is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which can ultimately result in blindness.
Your vet should be able to keep tabs on your pup and screen for these possibilities.
Finally, Labradoodles are at risk of developing Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism.
This happens when your dog’s adrenal glands cannot produce the right amount of corticosteroid hormones.
If untreated, a dog can experience trouble with the kidneys and circulatory system.
Even though a Labradoodle is a mixed breed, it runs the risk of genetic conditions of both Labrador Retrievers and Poodles.
Sometimes mixes like this are better off and dodge both breeds’ genetic conditions, but there is no way to know ahead of time what your dog might inherit.