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Golden Retriever Growth Chart: How Big Will Your Golden Retriever Get?

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Forever the fun-loving puppy, the Golden Retriever is a popular breed of dog. Goldens have boundless energy, a constant-wagging tail, and goofy grin – often with the tongue hanging out. They’re infamous for their long golden coat and fluffy tail that’s capable of knocking over just about anything in its path. If you’re thinking about getting a happy, playful Golden Retriever puppy, or are already lucky enough to be owned by one, you might be wondering how big your Golden Retriever will be.

We consulted our veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Coates, about the typical size of Golden Retrievers as they grow. After Dr. Coates reviewed and approved the data, we created a handy Golden Retriever growth chart so you can easily see how your Golden compares to the average. Our Golden Retriever growth chart guides you through puppyhood to adulthood and what weight to expect at different ages. We also offer a Golden Retriever puppy size and weight calculator. Just enter information about your puppy, such as breed, weight, gender, and birth date, to give you an approximation of how big your puppy may get.

What Are the Growth Stages of a Golden Retriever?

The Golden Retriever is one of six different types of retrievers, sporting smarts, good looks, and a fun personality. Retrievers are considered medium- to large-size dogs, and among the retrievers, Goldens are about the average size.1 But what is the growth rate of a Golden Retriever? Are there different stages to be aware of as your puppy grows up?

In the first four weeks, Golden Retriever puppies rely on their mother to care for them. They’re just starting to use their senses, and by the end of the first month, they begin walking. The average Golden Retriever puppy weighs less than 5 pounds during this beginning stage and is just about ready to start socializing with the world.2 During the next four weeks, Golden puppies wean off of and learn from their mother. They start to explore their surroundings and engage in play. Eight weeks old is typically the age puppies are adopted out to their new home.

When do Golden Retrievers have growth spurts? Once your Golden Retriever puppy hits 2 months old, his growth accelerates toward adulthood. Golden puppies grow the most between 2 and 6 months of age, reaching more than half their full size by 6 months old. Though puppies grow at different rates, especially males and females, by the time puppies are about 9 months old, they’re roughly 75 percent of their adult size.3

Golden Retriever Growth Chart

Golden Retriever Growth Chart by Weight

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Text Transcript of the Golden Retriever Growth Chart

Golden Retriever – Age Weight
2 months
3 months
4 months
5 months
6 months
7 months
8 months
9 months
One year
5 – 17 lbs
16 – 34 lbs
22 – 55 lbs
25 – 67 lbs
27 – 75 lbs
31 – 75 lbs
40 – 77 lbs
44 – 77 lbs
55 – 77 lbs

Golden Retriever – Gender Adult Weights Adult Heights
65 – 77 lbs
55 – 65 lbs
23 – 24 inches
21.5 – 22.5 inches

Consult with your veterinarian to keep track of your puppy’s growth and overall health. Most vets use the body condition score to determine how your puppy is doing. A score of 5 on the body condition scale indicates an ideal weight for your pooch. Factors such as an abdominal tuck, observable waist, and palpable ribs are what the veterinarian is looking for in a healthy pup.4 Your veterinarian may also speak with you about possible health concerns for your growing Golden Retriever puppy.5 Goldens are prone to:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart disease
  • Cataracts
  • Skin disorders
  • Cancer
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies

How to Measure a Golden Retriever’s Height

Your Golden Retriever puppy is growing and putting on an appropriate amount of weight, but how do you measure her height? How big will she get? What is the average height of a golden retriever? Height is not often measured by veterinarians, therefore there exists insufficient data to determine the stages of height as a Golden puppy advances to adulthood. But each dog breed has an average height and weight recorded at full size, and the American Kennel Club, or AKC, has set breed standards in connection with those measurements.6

The height of a Golden Retriever is largely determined by how her skeletal structure develops.7 Proper nutrition, exercise, and upbringing directly influence the puppy’s growing bones. The average height for a fully grown Golden Retriever is about 22 to 23 inches. Females are generally shorter than males. How is this measurement taken? Officials measure the height of a dog at the withers – the highest part of a dog’s back. In other words, the dog’s shoulder blades. Use a tape measure and measure from level ground up to the top of your Golden’s shoulders. This gives you the current height of your pooch.

What Age is a Golden Retriever Fully Grown?

Now that you know how to measure your puppy’s height, and you’re aware of his potential growth spurts, when do Golden Retrievers reach full size? Talk with your veterinarian and track your puppy’s development together. The Waltham Petcare Science Institute offers a clinical tool that uses science-based data as a guide for your puppy’s growth pattern.8 This will enable you to determine when your Golden has reached his growth potential.

The average age a Golden Retriever is fully grown is about 1 year old. This is usually when most dogs reach adulthood, but smaller dogs tend to get there faster. Small breeds, such as the Chihuahua, go through puppy stages quickly and hit adulthood around 6 months old. Many large dogs don’t obtain their full size until they’re almost 2 years old. Giant breeds, such as the Great Dane, hit adulthood around 18 months old.9

Golden Retriever Puppy Size and Weight Calculator

Puppies begin their life with their eyes and ears shut. Within a matter of weeks, they begin to use their senses to explore the world around them.10 Golden Retriever puppies go through multiple stages of growth. Each growth stage has an average height and weight target range, as well as common personality traits connected to it.

Check out our Golden Retriever puppy growth chart to see the average weight of a Golden Retriever puppy from 2 months old up to adulthood. The chart breaks down the average weight range for male and female Golden Retriever puppies, displayed from 2 to 9 months old. Also listed is the average height and weight of adult male and female Goldens. But while the Golden Retriever may become full-grown in looks, the breed is notorious for remaining forever a puppy – in attitude and antics.

You can also use our puppy weight calculator to find out how big your Golden Retriever may get. The calculations are based on the American Kennel Club’s database of adult dog weights and heights. Fill in your puppy’s current age and weight details below.

Note: please don’t feed your dog more or less based on the results. For that advice, consult your veterinarian.

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