How Big Will My Dog Get? Tips for Estimating Your Dog's Full-Grown Size

How Big Will My Dog Get? Tips for Estimating Your Dog's Full-Grown Size


Size is one of the

most important factors to consider when adopting a puppy. Do you want a small dog that will fit on your lap, or a large dog

that you can take hiking and camping? Or perhaps you want something in between -- a medium-sized dog that is the best of both worlds?Before

bringing a puppy home for good, itโ€™s important to know what youโ€™re getting into. Your dogโ€™s eventual size will have an impact on their exercise needs, grooming requirements, and cost. So how can you figure out how big your dog will get? Letโ€™s take a look at answering the question, " how big will my dog get?">

Estimating the Final Size of aย Purebred

Estimating the final size of a purebred dog is not all that difficult. You can get a good idea by looking at the pupโ€™s parents and at breed standards on the

American Kennel Clubโ€™s website

, where youโ€™ll find each breedโ€™s typical weight range, height, and more.

Measuring Mixed Breeds

Figuring out the final size of a

mixed breed pup can be more tricky, especially if you adopt a dog from a shelter and the dogโ€™s breeds, age, and parentsโ€™ sizes are unknown. However, there are some ways to estimate a pupโ€™s growth potential, outlined below.

Growth Considerations

There are certain considerations that can help you project your palโ€™s eventual size:
  • Look at the breed

    and size of both parents. If the parents are the same breed and around the same size, you can get a pretty good idea of how large your dog will grow. If the parents are different breeds and different sizes, the bitchโ€™s size will have more influence on your pupโ€™s eventual size than the sireโ€™s.

    • Some suggest that you can estimate your pupโ€™s size by doubling their weight at 4 months old. For giant breed dogs, double their weight at 5 months instead.
    • While itโ€™s not an exact science, looking at your pupโ€™s paws can help you predict their final size. A pup with petite paws isnโ€™t going to grow to a weight they canโ€™t support, and a dog with large, floppy paws isnโ€™t going to end up a dainty puffball.
    • Height vs. weight: a dog will stop growing in height before it stops growing in weight. Most dogs will be at 75% of their final height at around 6 months old, but they can keep putting on weight for another 6 months to another year, depending on the breed

    When Do Dogs Stop Growing?

    The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including size and breed. In general, small breed dogs stop growing sooner than large breed dogs. This will help answer your question of "How big will my dog get?" and give you ample time to prepare.

    No matter how big your dog get,


    makes it easier to give them the care and protection they deserve!

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