Last Updated on March 21, 2023
Despite Standard Poodles being one of the fanciest breeds, adorned with posh pompons and featuring a regal look, they are an incredibly athletic breed.
They will surprise you with their physical abilities. To crown, this is their above-average intelligence.
These attributes have helped them claim their rightful place in American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) top ten breeds.
As an owner of one of these majestic animals, you may wonder at what rate your Standard Poodle will grow and how big they will be when they are all grown up? We are here to answer all those questions.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about your Standard Poodle’s growth.
Overview: A Few Fun Facts About the Standard Poodle
Poodles originated in Germany, where they were bred to be water retrieval dogs for duck hunters. Their fluffy coat wasn’t all about good looks as it is today; it helped protect their bodies from the cold water.
Today, these highly versatile dogs still make great athletes. Still, they are also one of man’s best-loved companions, with their curly hypoallergenic coat making them particular favorites of allergy sufferers.
There are three types of Poodle breeds: the Teacup Poodle, Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Standard Poodle, with the latter being the largest of the varieties.
How big will my Standard Poodle get?
Both male and female adult Standard Poodles average between 18 and 24 inches (45.2 and 60.9 cm) in height.
According to The Poodle Club of America, a fully grown Standard Poodle should not be shorter than 15 inches (38.1 cm) and weigh between 40-70 pounds (18.1 and 31.7 kg).
What’s the average weight of this breed?
Male Standard Poodles will reach a top weight of around 70 pounds (31.7 kg), and their female counterparts are slightly lighter at around 50 pounds (22.6 kg).
These types of Poodles fall into the ‘Giant Breed’ category and can take two years or a little longer to reach their full growth potential.
They take longer than the smaller breed poodles to reach their maturity in height and weight because of how big they get.
Their bones have to be longer and their joints bigger and stronger to handle the size. Internal growth also takes considerably longer because of their size.
The Ultimate Standard Poodle Weight Chart
Standard Poodle puppies should be weight appropriate to their stage of life. Your pup shouldn’t grow too quickly or too slowly. Use the growth chart below to monitor his progress.
Irrespective of how these statistics appear, you should not be worried. Weight changes are not likely to significantly affect a pet’s life. If you are worried about your puppy’s growth, contact a veterinarian.
Standard Poodle Female Puppy Growth Chart (lb & kg)
You can check the table below to ensure your puppy is within the age-recommended weight range. However, since male Standard Poodles are larger than females, it is also important to consider your dog’s gender.
|Poodle Age||Female’s Average Weight|
|1 month||4-7 lb (1.8-3.1 kg)|
|2 months||11-16 lb (4.9-7.2 kg)|
|3 months||20-24 lb (9-10.8 kg)|
|4 months||24-28 lb (10.8-12.7 kg)|
|5 months||26-30 lb (11.7-13.6 kg)|
|6 months||28-34 lb (12.7-15.4 kg)|
|7 months||30-36 lb (13.6-16.3 kg)|
|8 months||32-38 lb (14.5-17.2 kg)|
|9 months||34-40 lb (15.4-18 kg)|
|10 months||36-44 lb (16.3-19.9 kg)|
|11 months||38-46 lb (17.2-20.8 kg)|
|12 months||40-50 lb (18-22.6 kg)|
|2 years||40-50 lb (18-22.6 kg)|
Standard Poodle Male Puppy Growth Chart (lb & kg)
It is generally true that female Standard Poodles are typically smaller and weigh less than their male counterparts.
|Poodle Age||Male’s Average Weight|
|1 month||5-9 lb (2.2-4 kg)|
|2 months||16-20 lb (7.2-9 kg)|
|3 months||22-26 lb (9.9-11.7 kg)|
|4 months||30-35 lb (13.6-15.8 kg)|
|5 months||35-41 lb (15.8-18.5 kg)|
|6 months||41-48 lb (18.5-21.7 kg)|
|7 months||48-55 lb (21.7-24.9 kg)|
|8 months||50-57 lb (22.6-25.8 kg)|
|9 months||52-61 lb (23.5-27.6 kg)|
|10 months||55-63 lb (24.9-28.5 kg)|
|11 months||57-68 lb (25.8-30.8 kg)|
|12 months||60-70 lb (27.2-31.7 kg)|
|2 years||60-70 lb (27.2-31.7 kg)|
Standard Poodle Puppy Growth and Development (Size Guide)
Your Poodle may appear to be doing well for his age when you observe the way he develops, what he eats, or how active he is.
The following section provides a standard Poodle growth chart to monitor your dog’s progress and development and see how your pet is faring compared to the average dog of this breed.
0- to 4-week-old
At birth, a Standard Poodle puppy will weigh only a couple of ounces. Their growth happens quickly with the correct nutrients received from the mother.
Your pup will grow rapidly from this stage, gaining about 1 pound (0.5 kg) in mass body weekly.
At one month, your pup will start to be weaned off its mother’s milk and move on to eating solid foods.
Their eyes will now be fully open and also be able to hear sounds. Your puppy will weigh between 4 and 5 pounds (1.8 and 2.2 kg).
Your Standard Poodle puppy will almost double its weight in weeks 4-8, weighing anything from 7 to 10 pounds (3.1 to 4.5 kilograms), and reach a height of approximately 13 inches (33 cm).
Most puppies will move on to their new homes at this age.
They will receive their first vaccinations at this age, and it is a good time to have your vet give them a thorough examination to determine any issues going forward.
Standard Poodle puppies will grow rapidly at this stage, reaching double their mass. Their bones and joints will grow and strengthen, so proper nutrition is vital for their development.
By the time your puppy is three months old, it will be around 13 to 19 inches (33 to 48.2 cm) in height and weigh between 10 and 22 pounds (4.5 and 9.9 kg).
At this age, your pup will be nearing the end of its puppy growth spurt and entering its teenage stage. They will be learning to explore and become active.
Your Standard Poodle will weigh about 30 pounds (13.6 kg) and be approximately 20 inches (50.8 cm) in height.
Your puppy’s growth will slow down as they enter their teenage milestone.
They will start becoming far more active and should be between 19 and 23 inches (48.2 and 58.4 cm) in height and weigh between 30 and 40 pounds (13.6 and 18.1 kg). This period is all about exploring and mischief.
At six months, you will see a significant size difference between male and female puppies, with male Standard Poodle puppies weighing between 41 to 48 pounds (18.5 to 21.7 kg) and females at 28 to 34 pounds (12.7 to 15.4 kg).
Both male and female puppies will stand around 18 to 22 inches (45.7 to 55.8 cm) tall. This is the full adult height for some standard-sized Poodles, and you should not expect any more significant height growth.
As mentioned, a standard Poodle will approach its maximum height between six months and one year. This will range from 23 and 37 inches (58.4 and 68.5 cm). Their weight will be between 45 and 70 pounds (20.4 and 31.7 kg).
It’s essential to switch from puppy food to adult food at this point to ensure that your Standard Poodle is receiving all the balanced nutrition it needs.
What are the Factors that Impact the Standard Poodle’s Growth?
The above figures indicate how big you can expect your Standard Poodle to be at each stage of your life; however, each dog is unique, and various factors will influence your puppy’s final weight and height.
These include your pup’s genetics, diet, exercise regime, and whether or not your dog is neutered or spayed.
1. Genetics and Common Health Problems
When trying to work out how big your puppy will be as an adult dog, one of the best ways of determining this would be to look at the parent dogs.
When you purchase a Poodle puppy from a breeder, you will have a chance to meet the mom and the dad. If they are on the large or small side for the breed, likely, your dog will also follow in their footsteps.
If your dog contracts any common health problems that haunt this breed, his growth could also be affected.
Addison’s Disease is a genetically predisposed disease that Poodle puppies are tested for early in life. Hip dysplasia is also a common ailment in large breeds and causes significant amounts of pain and can affect growth.
Bloat is another terrifying ailment for this breed that is potentially life-threatening if not caught early. It occurs in big-chested breeds where gas gets trapped in the stomach, requiring surgical intervention.
Epilepsy is a hereditary ailment in Poodles and is known as Idiopathic epilepsy.
Many of the above diseases can be avoided through proper nutrition and regular vet checkups.
2. Neutering and Spaying
Surgically removing your dog’s reproductive organs is a process known as neutering for male dogs or spaying for female dogs.
Neutering or spaying dogs too early could cause them to grow unevenly. This is because bone and joint development are affected by reproductive hormones.
While Miniature and Toy dogs can be neutered at around six months, you should wait until your Standard Poodle is around one year old before the procedure is performed.
At the right age, neutering or spaying your dog can have many health benefits, including reducing cancer risks, preventing aggression, and preventing unwanted puppies.
3. Feeding Habits
A balanced nutritional meal plan will ensure that your pet grows at the optimal rate, developing strong bones and joints to carry their weight.
To prevent your dog from growing too quickly and to provide him with all the supplements and nutrients he needs for healthy growth, it is recommended to feed your Standard Poodle, a large-breed puppy food for at least the first year of his life.
4. Physical Activities
While Standard Poodles need plenty of exercise, be careful not to over-train your growing puppy, as their joints and limbs have not fully developed, and irreparable damage can be caused.
How Do I Make Sure My Dog is Healthy?
Dogs need to be brushed and groomed regularly. Included in this regime should be teeth brushing.
We know Standard Poodle dogs develop problems with their teeth. You will also need to maintain a healthy diet with plenty of exercise.
1. Healthy Diet
Large breed dogs like Standard Poodles should eat high-quality dog food crafted explicitly for them.
Foods for large dogs differ from other dog foods in that they generally have higher levels of protein, fat, calcium, Vitamin D, and Phosphorus.
While calcium is essential for bone growth in large-breed dogs, too much of it in your dog’s diet could cause joint problems for your dog.
Also read: Best Dog Food for Poodles
2. Appropriate Exercise
As mentioned, it’s crucial to not do excessive training or exercise with a Standard Poodle puppy. Their joints and limbs are not fully developed, and any strain could lead to a lifetime of complications for your Poodle.
Standard Poodles love water, so swimming is always an excellent way to exercise. Even puppies can be taken for a swim as this exercise doesn’t put any additional strain on the joints.
A full coat can weigh your dog down, so if your Poodle loves to swim, you might consider giving him a shorter haircut like a kennel cut or summer clip.
3. Manage Stress
To keep your puppy stress-free, expose him to as many new situations, people, and dogs as possible during his early years to become well-socialized.
A dog’s weight may fluctuate when stressed or anxious because he may eat more or less than usual.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How fast do Standard Poodles grow?
It’s essential to be patient with your Standard Poodle. It can take these dogs a whole year to reach their full height and even longer to reach their fully grown weight.
Trying to get your dog to grow more quickly by feeding him more or exercising him intensely to build body mass is a dangerous process that could lead to the opposite effect.
Even once your dog has reached his full height at a year, it will still take him another year to fill out to his final adult size.
When do Standard Poodles stop growing?
At a year old, your Poodle should have reached its total height, or at the very least be very close to it. There will not be much height growth after this milestone.
Your dog will start adding body mass and strengthening the joints to handle the weight.
A Standard Poodle should have matured and calmed down by the 18-month milestone; however, this depends on the owner and how they have interacted and trained him in his foundation months.
An untrained Standard Poodle can keep their momentum going until the age of 4 or 5 years.
Do Poodle types have different growth rates?
Yes, Standard Poodles are much slower to grow than other Poodles. These dogs are not small, and their bones and joints have much more growing to do. Miniature or toy breeds will reach their adult size quicker than bigger dogs.
Miniature and Toy Poodles will already look the size of an adult dog by around six months old.
What if my dog is overweight or underweight?
Standard Poodles are full of high energy and fast metabolism. It’s doubtful that they will become obese. It can be challenging to tell if your dog is overweight, mainly if he is very fluffy.
You should use your hands to check your dog to see if he is overweight regularly. You should easily be able to feel his ribs under his skin.
If your Standard Poodle needs to lose weight, you can try decreasing his daily food consumption by around 25%. You can also cut out all treats and increase his daily exercise.
Making these small lifestyle changes can quickly help your dog lose that extra weight.
For Poodle breeds, underweight dogs are very common, though.
To help an underweight dog put on muscle mass, seasoned owners suggest feeding them wet food mixed in with their dry kibble to increase their food’s protein and fat content.
You could also add unsalted chicken broth or peanut butter to your dog’s kibble to encourage them to eat.
You could also increase portion size or opt for high-quality food with higher fat content, although this should be done under the professional guidance of a trained veterinarian.
Conclusion: How Big Will My Standard Poodle Puppy Grow?
With more information about Standard Poodle puppies, their height, and their weight now in hand, you can begin measuring your pup.
Of course, many factors will influence the final size of your dog, including your puppy’s gender and genetics.
The food you give your dog and his exercise regime also has a big part to play in keeping your dog healthy and growing well.
Do you have a Standard Poodle at home? How big is your dog? We would love to know more about him in the comments below.
Janine is an experienced content writer and travel journalist based in Cape, Town, South Africa.
Raised by a bundle of botanists, researchers, and biologists, she is passionate about things related to the animal kingdom, including, our furry friends. However, as a terrible allergy sufferer, she is limited in her pet selection and so has grown up surrounded by curly-haired Poodles.