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Labrador Height: How Tall Do Labradors Get?

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Wanting to know “how much does a Labrador weigh” is a common question from visitors to our site.  While a lot of owners think about their dog’s growth in terms of weight, there are lots of reasons you’d want to think about the height of your Labrador as well.

A big one is obviously a dog’s crate size: it’s tough to tell how big the crate for your dog should be without knowing how tall your Labrador is likely to grow to.

Thinking about puppy-proofing your home (particularly if you have a large male lab and counter surfing is a possible issue) is another key concern when you’re thinking about bringing home a Labrador (or if you have one already and are planning for the future).

To help with that, in conjunction with our veterinary advisor, Dr. Jennifer Coates, we created a puppy weight calculator and a series of growth charts (including a Labrador growth chart). In this post we’ll use that data to help you understand how tall Labradors get so you can plan accordingly.

How Tall Do Labradors Get?

A fully grown male Labrador will be 22.5-24.5 inches tall, and a fully grown female Labrador Retriever will grow to be 21.5 – 23.5 inches tall.

Labrador Growth Chart
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Text Transcript of the Labrador Retriever Growth Chart

Labrador Retriever – Age Male Weight Female Weight
2 months old
3 months old
4 months old
5 months old
6 months old
7 months old
8 months old
9 months old
10 months old
11 months old
12 months old
Fully grown
10 – 15 lbs
20 – 30 lbs
30 – 40 lbs
35 – 45 lbs
40 – 55 lbs
50 – 60 lbs
50 – 65 lbs
55 – 70 lbs
55 – 70 lbs
60 – 75 lbs
65 – 80 lbs
65 – 80 lbs
5 – 10 lbs
20 – 25 lbs
25 – 35 lbs
30 – 40 lbs
35 – 45 lbs
40 – 50 lbs
40 – 55 lbs
45 – 60 lbs
50 – 60 lbs
55 – 65 lbs
55 – 70 lbs
55 – 70 lbs

Whether your Labrador Retriever puppy is on his way or already curled up in your lap, you want to be a good pet parent. The Labrador Retriever puppy weight chart gives you an approximation for an 8-week-old Lab puppy’s size up to the size of an adult Lab. The chart differentiates between males and females and includes a fully grown Labrador’s height, measured at the shoulders.

When Do Labs Stop Growing?

The AKC considers Lab puppies to be in adulthood when they reach 12 to 18 months of age, though there are outliers – those who grow faster or slower, reaching maturity either before 1 year old or not until 2 years old.1 Large dogs usually take longer to develop than smaller toy dogs, but Labrador Retriever puppies grow at roughly the same rate as other large dog breeds.

Like other large dog breeds, Labs go through multiple stages of puppyhood until they reach adulthood. Lab puppies gain about 10 to 15 pounds per month for the first few months, then about 5 pounds per month up until they’re fully grown, according to our lab puppy weight chart. The average height for Labrador puppies is largely unknown due to insufficient data, but the average adult Labrador Retriever gets to be about 22-24 inches tall at the shoulder.

The AKC, based on its breed-standard measurements and averages, estimates that large dog breeds, such as Labs, reach 60 percent of their full growth by the time they’re six months old.2 The majority of Labradors are about 85 percent fully grown when they celebrate their first birthday, and the average Lab stops growing at roughly 18 months. These numbers are contingent on the puppy receiving top-notch care, good nutrition, and appropriate levels of exercise.

Frequently Asked Questions About Labrador Height

Why do Labradors get so big?

Labradors are genetically very food motivated and can subsequently be prone to obesity.

What is the minimum height of Labrador?

Typically female Labradors that are on the small end of the height range will be 21.5 inches.

What age does a lab reach full height?

Labs will typically stop growing at 12-18 months of age (though there can be outliers).

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  1. Reisen J. A Puppy Growth Timeline: Transitions in Puppyhood. Akc.org. Published March 30, 2021. Accessed December 13, 2021.
  2. Paretts S. Puppy Growth Chart: When Does My Puppy Finish Growing? Akc.org. Published August 10, 2021. Accessed December 13, 2021.
Thomas Demers
Tom is a managing partner with Pet News Daily. He has been writing and researching on the web for over 10 years. He owns 3 dogs, 3 cats, and is a huge animal lover. His current obsession is working on training his (currently very good but very poorly behaved) 87 pound, 1 year old Bernedoodle named Pinecone.