A major part of becoming a pet parent is keeping our dogs healthy in addition to keeping them happy, it’s essential that you understand what a healthy weight and size is for your new puppy as it grows into an adulthood. Refer below to the puppy weight chart on some of the most popular breeds in the world.
With rental weight restrictions and the cost of premium dog foods, you must anticipate your dog’s needs as he grows.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be sure to select a dog breed whose size will be compatible with your space and expectations.
Let's looked at some of the
largest and smallest breeds in each category to help you understand which group
might work best for you.
Terriers are high-energy dogs with larger than life personalities. They are some of the most playful and energetic puppies! You can start training these bright pups early, and you’ll want to. Terriers are so intelligent, you’ll have to keep them busy to keep these mischievous pups out of trouble.
As these puppies grow, they usually eat a lot because they burn a lot of calories playing during the day.
They can range in size from the Miniature Fox Terrier to the Pitbull Terrier. A Miniature Fox Terrier can weigh less than a pound when it’s first born and can grow up to 12 pounds. And the beefy Pitbull Terrier weighs between 6 ounces and 2 pounds when born but can grow to be 170 whopping pounds!
Hounds are one of the most unique breed categories because they vastly range in size. Some of these petite pups were bred to hunt foxes and rabbits while others needed to be large enough to hunt wild pigs and boar.
As these puppies grow, their working personalities tend to become more prominent, so make sure you make your hound feels accomplished and entertained.
One of the smallest hounds is the Beagle. Beagles weigh-in at about 11 ounces at birth then grow to 12-14 pounds when they reach the 6-month mark, and eventually, they can reach 25 pounds (or more if their diet isn’t kept in check). The Irish Wolfhound is known for its impressive size. They weigh around 24 pounds at the 2-month-mark but quickly pack on the pounds to weigh up to 180 pounds at three years old (refer to the puppy weight chart above).
Our pastoral canine companions are built to work the pastures. They needed to be big enough to show livestock who’s boss. Historically, they needed to protect sheep from predators and control herds of large mammals, such as cattle. These dogs are usually full-bodied, intelligent, and loyal.
A police department favorite, the German Shepherd falls into the pastoral category. This hardworking breed once needed to be big enough to protect sheep from predators, but now its size comes in handy when they’re tasked with taking down criminals. German Shepherds weigh 9 pounds at one month and can grow to be 88 pounds of pure muscle and strength.
One of the more petite pastorals, whom Millennial love, is the Corgi. This short-legged beauty weighs 5 pounds at 8 weeks and can get as big as 52 pounds as a healthy adult (refer to the puppy weight chart above).
Gun Dogs or Bird Dogs
If you’re a hunter or outdoors-men, you’ll want a gun dog. These beautiful beasts make excellent family dogs, too. Patient and mild-mannered, these dogs are often medium-sized breeds like Labrador Retrievers and the Brittany.
If you love cute dogs, the Cocker Spaniel is one of the cutest. United Kingdom dog breeders tailored this Gun Dog’s size to ideally hunt birds like Woodcocks. These Bird Dogs weigh between 5 and 7 pounds at the 3-month mark and don’t get too much larger as they age. 15 pounds at full-grown, this dog is ideal for families living in apartments.
Americans, Europeans, and everyone else loves Labrador Retrievers. They start life as a bundle of joy at 10 pounds at 8 weeks old. Ultimately, these playful dogs reach about 55-pounds.
This group of dogs demonstrates how varied a breed category can be. From Dalmatians to Chow Chows, these dogs were bred to serve a purpose beyond just being adorable!
Breeds like the French Bulldog are stocky and resilient, while Poodles are happy to show off their stately demeanor and long thin build.
If you’re looking for a small, but sturdy breed, the French Bulldog is a great option. They weigh about 1.5 pounds at the age of one week when their eyes first begin to open. They reach about 23 pounds as adults.
Chow Chows are known for being boisterous and chowing down on their kibble. And it’s no wonder they begin life as 10-pound three-month-old and max out at 70 pounds! Even though they’re one of the largest utility dogs, they do a fabulous job of hiding their plumpness behind a pile of fluffy fur.
Working breeds are admired for their ability to risk their lives for humans. This breed group needs to be formidable and hardy. From Great Danes to Mastiffs to Cane Corsos to Bull mastiffs, this group includes some of the biggest breeds in the world.
One of the biggest working pups is the Bernese Mountain Dog. This prestigious breed weighs in at 38 pounds at the age of 3 months and can grow, grow, grow to reach 120 pounds at two years old.
Even though working dogs are known for their size, there are some itty-bitty workers, too. Like the Plummer Terrier that reaches a max size of just about 15 pounds.
Mongrels, Mixed-Breeds, and Mutts
Americans own more mixed-breed dogs than any other breed. In fact, 53% of American own a Mutt. These lovable canines can range in size from being tiny like a Chihuahua to being as massive as a Cane Corso.
Puppy Growth Expectations
Tiny breeds like Papillons, usually end up about 4 times their weight at the 6-week mark. A good rule is that most small and medium dogs will weigh about two and half times their weight when they are 4 months old. Large breeds, like the Newfoundland, will double its size at 5 months of age.