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If you already have a Golden Retriever puppy, keeping an eye on its milestones is an excellent way of ensuring that her growth is on track.
Those dogs that experience malnutrition and overfeeding, or growing slowly or too quickly, can have long-term effects on their health and life. So how do you know if your pup is on track?
You’re in the right place if you want your questions answered!
Overview: A few fun facts about the Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are medium to large dogs that are characterized by their friendliness and golden coat.
Did you know that this popular family dog comes in three types? There’s the American Golden, Canadian Golden, and British Golden.
This purebred also comes in a show dog and a working-class variety.
What is the average size of a Golden Retriever?
The AKC breed standard states that males are bigger than females. They can weigh anywhere from 60 to 80 pounds (27 to 36 kg) and are 22 to 24 inches (56 to 61cm) tall.
Females measure at 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 32 kg) and have a height of 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm).
It’s possible to get a dog that grows well beyond or under the average scope. Often, this is the runt of the litter.
A newborn Golden Retriever puppy should weigh 14 to 16 oz (0.4 – 0.45). They gain mass rather quickly and should grow 5–10% each week.
The ultimate Golden Retriever puppy growth chart by weight
One of the reasons you should monitor your Golden Retriever puppy’s growth is to make sure that she is healthy.
Female puppies grow faster or get bigger in the first few months, then males catch up and reach a higher overall weight.
We have a growth chart below but bear in mind that it shouldn’t be treated as gospel. 1 or 2 lbs, either way, shouldn’t matter.
If you find that your pup is not gaining or is losing weight, you should consult your vet.
You can see your puppy’s projected growth below and predict how heavy she would be when she’s fully grown.
Golden Retriever female puppy weight chart (lbs. & kg.)
|7 weeks||5 lb (2.2 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||9 lb (4 kg)|
|8 weeks||5 lb (2.2 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||10 lb (4.5 kg)|
|9 weeks||8 lb (3.6 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||12 lb (5.4 kg)|
|10 weeks||10 lb (4.5 kg)||22 lb (9.9 kg)||15 lb (6.8 kg)|
|11 weeks||12 lb (5.4 kg)||25 lb (11.3 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)|
|3 months||16 lb (7.2 kg)||33 lb (14.9 kg)||22 lb (9.9 kg)|
|4 months||22 lb (9.9 kg)||44 lb (19.9 kg)||30 lb (13.6 kg)|
|5 months||25 lb (11.3 kg)||52 lb (23.5 kg)||40 lb (18.1 kg)|
|6 months||27 lb (12.2 kg)||61 lb (27.6 kg)||44 lb (19.9 kg)|
|7 months||31 lb (14 kg)||67 lb (30.3 kg)||45 lb (20.4 kg)|
|8 months||40 lb (18.1 kg)||67 lb (30.3 kg)||52 lb (23.5 kg)|
|9 months||44 lb (19.9 kg)||68 lb (30.8 kg)||52 lb (23.5 kg)|
|10 months||50 lb (22.6 kg)||68 lb (30.8 kg)||60 lb (27.2 kg)|
|11 months||52 lb (23.5 kg)||80 lb (36.2 kg)||65 lb (29.4 kg)|
|1 year||55 lb (24.9 kg)||90 lb (40.8 kg)||70 lb (31.7 kg)|
|2 years||55 lb (24.9 kg)||90 lb (40.8 kg)||70 lb (31.7 kg)|
Golden Retriever male puppy weight chart (lbs. & kg.)
|7 weeks||3 lb (1.3 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||9 lb (4 kg)|
|8 weeks||3 lb (1.3 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||11 lb (4.9 kg)|
|9 weeks||7 lb (3.1 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)||13 lb (5.8 kg)|
|10 weeks||10 lb (4.5 kg)||22 lb (9.9 kg)||15 lb (6.8 kg)|
|11 weeks||12 lb (5.4 kg)||25 lb (11.3 kg)||17 lb (7.7 kg)|
|3 months||16 lb (7.2 kg)||34 lb (15.4 kg)||23 lb (10.4 kg)|
|4 months||25 lb (11.3 kg)||55 lb (24.9 kg)||33 lb (14.9 kg)|
|5 months||27 lb (12.2 kg)||67 lb (30.3 kg)||42 lb (19 kg)|
|6 months||29 lb (13.12 kg)||75 lb (34 kg)||52 lb (23.5 kg)|
|7 months||32 lb (14.5 kg)||75 lb (34 kg)||59 lb (26.7 kg)|
|8 months||40 lb (18.1 kg)||77 lb (34.9 kg)||61 lb (27.6 kg)|
|9 months||45 lb (20.4 kg)||77 lb (34.9 kg)||61 lb (27.6 kg)|
|10 months||50 lb (22.6 kg)||77 lb (34.9 kg)||63 lb (28.5 kg)|
|11 months||55 lb (24.9 kg)||77 lb (34.9 kg)||66 lb (29.9 kg)|
|1 year||65 lb (29.4 kg)||77 lb (34.9 kg)||68 lb (30.8 kg)|
|2 years||65 lb (29.4 kg)||80 lb (36.2 kg)||73 lb (33.1 kg)|
Watch Honey Bee grow below:
Golden Retriever puppy development with pictures
Size aside, you also want to make sure they are reaching their milestones. Below are the Golden Retriever’s stages of life and what you should expect.
7-week-old Golden Retriever
The first vaccination takes place between 6 to 8 weeks. You should NEVER bring home an unvaccinated puppy. This indicates that she’s from a shady breeder and that she’s vulnerable to diseases.
Since everything is new to her, she might be timid and get easily scared.
She’s just left her source of security and is away from her littermates and mother for the first time. With love and care, she’ll gain confidence quickly.
She’s also learning to control her bowel movements, so you should be patient. Bring her out to relieve herself after every meal.
You can start feeding Golden pups at this stage with ⅓ to ½ cups of high-quality kibble for each meal. Divide it into four small meals throughout the day.
8-week-old (2-month-old) Golden Retriever
By now, your puppy should be settling in since they are highly adaptable.
If you want her to be friendly to all, socialization at this age is also essential. This will help her grow familiar with strange sights, smells, and sounds.
For the diet, stick to feeding her four small meals a day with the same amount mentioned for 7-week Goldens.
12-weeks-old (3-month-old) Golden Retriever
Get ready for the second round of vaccinations. After the vaccines, keep your pup away from other pets for at least two weeks.
This allows them to have full immunity, especially against the fatal parvovirus.
They are becoming more curious, and you might have a problem with biting.
Stay calm and teach her gently but firmly that she is not allowed to chew on you or anything else, except her chew toy.
You can also acclimate her to grooming. Get her used to being combed and her paws handled.
Introduce her to the blowdryer and praise her when she stays calm.
From here until they’re six months old, they’ll be developing lifelong habits. You can start to be more serious about training.
What’s important is to be consistent. Don’t punish her as this will instill fear.
You don’t want to associate negative feelings, or it might impact her training.
It’s also a suitable time to introduce her to larger meals now. Spread 2 cups of kibble over the day, and cut one meal out by the end of the week.
16-weeks-old (4-month-old) Golden Retriever
Don’t be surprised to see your puppy losing its puppy features.
She’ll reach half her adult size at this age. She should also be picking up basic commands. If your pup is quick to learn, kick it up a notch by teaching her a few tricks.
20-weeks-old (5-month-old) Golden Retriever
Your puppy will start her actual teething around this age.
Offer some chew toys that you can cool in the fridge to alleviate her discomfort.
You may also start exercising her for 20 mins. a day, as this is the stage where she should show excitement for the outdoors.
Make sure to keep the activities low impact to avoid stressing your pup’s joints. Swimming, fetch, and walking are great to start things off.
Some Goldens are potty-trained around the 4-month mark, although accidents might still occur.
6-month-old Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers at this age may look awkward and disproportionate. She will have the body of an adult, but the legs and tail of a puppy.
Also, her nose and ears will grow faster, so you end up with a goofy looking pup.
You need to be careful with her for the next six months because this is when they are most vulnerable to developing hip dysplasia.
Avoid long walks, going down the stairs, and stopping suddenly while running. The pressure from those activities might cause joints to deform.
Your Golden may also start to display signs of sexual maturity in the next few months, if not neutered or spayed.
She’s also beginning to find her role in the pack and might challenge family members, whether human or furry.
1-year-old Golden Retriever
Your puppy might look like an adult, but she will still act like a puppy for the next two to three years. Some Goldens never grow out of it and will stay young at heart into their old age.
You can start more strenuous activities at this point, now that she’s reached her full height.To be sure she is free from hip dysplasia, have her checked by the vet when she is two years old.
8 things you should know about your Golden Retriever’s growth
Environment, diet, genetics, sterilization, gender – many factors will play a part in any dog’s growth. Keeping track of your Golden’s growth by using a chart can help detect any underlying health issues.
Health issues that can influence a puppy’s growth
Certain issues, such as hookworm or ringworms, might compromise your Golden’s growth. This will prevent her from reaching her full potential.
If left untreated, it can cause lasting damage to their bones, muscles, immune system, skin, and digestive system.
Being ill for an extended period might also affect her development. Your puppy may be stunted due to malnutrition.
Dangers of stunted or accelerated growth
Some people prefer bigger Goldens, some like them small, like Mini Golden Retrievers. This might lead to under or over-feeding, and neither of which is ideal.
Accelerated growth can cause hip or elbow dysplasia. It can also be responsible for bone disease and arthritis.
Stunted puppies, whether by illness or under-feeding, are generally weaker, and make them susceptible to falling sick.
When do Golden Retrievers stop growing?
Your puppy will reach her full height between 9 to 12 months of age, but she’ll only fill out by 18 months.
Golden Retrievers grow the fastest between 3 to 6 months of age. Around the six-month mark, their growth starts to taper off.
This will give you an idea of how big they’ll grow because they will be ⅔ their adult size.
What is the best age to spay/neuter a Golden Retriever?
You can spay puppies as early as 8 weeks old, but any time before they reach sexual maturity is preferred, which is around one year old.
This will prevent undesirable behaviors such as marking, territorial behavior, or a fixation with toys. All of which are hard to correct when they manifest.
For breeds that are predisposed to hip dysplasia, vets recommend spaying around the 6-month mark.
Will neutering or spaying my Golden Retriever affect his or her growth?
Yes, fixing a dog before they reach sexual maturity generally causes your dog to grow bigger. This is because sex hormones suppress growth hormones.
Without growth inhibition, your Golden will continue to grow.
Aside from joint problems, there are also a few issues connected to spaying or neutering. They can become more prone to some forms of cancer.
It might also cause “spay incontinence” in females when they are older.
Some dogs also experience a change in behavior after the operation. The lack of estrogen can make female dogs more aggressive. Male dogs may also experience an increase in fearfulness.
Sexual maturity usually occurs in Golden around 8 to 12 months. This gives you ample time to decide whether to sterilize or not.
How heavy is a newborn Golden Retriever puppy?
Newborn Golden Retrievers should be 1% of their mom’s pre-pregnancy weight, and this is generally 14 to 16 ozs.
But, puppies as small as 10 oz at birth have been recorded. They usually leave their mom at 10 lbs.
Puppies from the same litter won’t all be the same size. Also, bigger litters generally have smaller puppies, but they should all catch up by their 8th week.
How to identify an overweight Golden Retriever
Use your eyes and hands. If you can see her ribs, she’s too skinny. But if you can’t feel them, she’s too fat!
A survey in 2012 showed that 62.7% of Golden Retrievers in America are either obese or overweight.
While it might look cute or funny, overweight dogs actually have shorter lifespans. Being excessively chubby shaves off two years and causes health issues.
Do Golden Retriever types have different growth rates?
The British, American, and Canadian Golden Retrievers do not have a significant difference in growth. Show dogs are often heavier than working dogs.
Don’t be alarmed if your working dog is slightly smaller than the projected growth. As long as she’s gaining weight steadily, there’s no cause for concern.
Also, look at your pup’s parents, if they are smaller than average, your Golden will most likely be on the small side, and the opposite is true, as well.
The verdict: Normal growth is not the same for each pup
Every Golden is different and will grow at their own rate. The key is to ensure they aren’t growing too quickly or too slowly – steady growth is ideal.
Aside from other factors we mentioned, a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle will help keep your Golden healthy and happy.
Remember, their final size will vary from one another, depending on variation and pedigree.