When Do Labs Stop Growing – Things You Should Know

All Labrador owners want to see their dogs healthy. However, many are surprised by how quickly their pets grow. If you want to know how much your Labrador should weigh, how big your puppy will get, and when do Labs stop growing, this article will provide the answers to these questions.

The Labrador Retriever, or Labrador for short, is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States and the United Kingdom. Aside from being sporting and hunting dogs, Labradors also act as therapy dogs and perform screening work for law enforcement agencies.

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FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT A LABRADOR’S GROWTH

1. Your Labrador Breed

Determine if you have a full-blooded Labrador or a mixed breed. It will give you an indication how big your dog should be. American Labradors tend to weigh more than English Labs.


2. Nutrition for Your Labs

Making sure that your Lab has proper nutrition will help it grow at the proper rate. Your dog needs protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Feed your pet pooch with meat, fish, or poultry. These should be the main ingredients in the dog food. Also, take note that puppies need twice the nutrition compared to adults. Choose a dog food specially formulated for growing dogs.


3. Disease 

An illness can also affect a Lab puppy’s growth, especially if the disease has been prolonged. If you are concerned about your puppy’s growth rate, consult a veterinarian.


PUPPYHOOD

Labrador puppies will gain two pounds a week until they are 26 weeks old. At eight weeks old, most puppies are around 10 pounds, and at seven months, they will reach a weight of 50 pounds. During this stage, the puppy may appear clumsy as it adapts to a bigger, stronger body.

It is possible that your puppy can weigh less than these numbers. Size and weight can vary depending on various factors. One of the factors is genetics. If the puppy has small parents, he might also be small for his age.

Puppies that are not fed properly or fed the wrong kinds of food may have stunted growth. It is essential that you give the right quantity and right type of food that’s appropriate for your puppy.​

ADULTHOOD

The growth rate for labs will slow down as the puppy nears adulthood. It is essential that you feed your dog properly as it reaches its adult weight. Do not overfeed your Lab; it has a tendency to become overweight.

When will a puppy become an adult? Maturity is not just about growing bigger. There are three aspects. Aside from physical maturity, there is sexual and mental maturity. Most Labs are physically capable of breeding even at a young age, although this is discouraged. Females can come into season between 6 and 9 months old. On the other hand, male Labradors are ready to mate even before their first birthday.

Experts usually don’t consider Labradors to be fully grown up and mentally mature until it is around two years old. There is no definitive age at which you can say a puppy is a grown up, and some mature faster than others.​


When Do Labradors Stop Growing?

Although growth rates can vary, Labradors usually reach full size at the age of 18 months. You can estimate how big your Lab is going to be by comparing it to the size of its parents. Also, regular exercise can help develop your dog’s bones and muscles.

Much of the puppy’s growth will manifest during the first year. In fact, puppies will be close to the adult height at nine months of age. After this point, he will be “filling out” rather than getting taller. Typically, Labradors stop growing at age 2.

Labradors who come from show lines are usually heavier than those from working lines. On average, male Labs weigh around 65 to 85 pounds and stand 22 to 23 inches at the shoulder.

On the other hand, females weigh around 55 to 75 pounds and stand 21 to 22 inches high at the shoulder. For an accurate reading of your dog’s weight, you can use electronic scales. If you don’t have one, a regular weighing scale will do.​


Things to Consider for Your Growing Husky

  • A healthy Labrador will not have any ribs visible or protruding. However, you should be able to feel individual ribs when you run your hands along its side. If the puppy is not growing as fast as it is supposed to, consult a veterinarian to have it checked for worms or intestinal parasites.
  • Hip dysplasia is a common problem with large dog breeds. You can help prevent this condition by making sure your Lab is not overweight. A veterinarian can assist in ensuring that your dog’s growth is on the right track, so take your adorable pet for a routine examination.

Conclusion

When do Labs stop growing? Most Labradors reach full size at the age of 18 months. But, they can fill out and muscle up until they are 2 years old. The Labrador Retriever is a large dog breed that is kind, friendly, and outgoing. Giving it proper care and attention will ensure that you’ll have many years of fun with the company of this amazing dog.

Do you have any stories to share about your Labrador? I would love to hear it from the comments below.

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