When getting a new puppy, one of the first questions asked is “How big will the puppy get?”  This is probably one of the most important questions you should ask yourself before you take the puppy home. If you get a puppy that you think will be a small or medium sized dog and you end up with a huge dog, that error could become a significant problem.  It could work the other way also.  If you got your puppy thinking it would be a big dog and it ended up being a powder puff pooch you might also be unhappy with the dog.

It is relatively easy to estimate how big a purebred puppy will get.  You know that if you purchase or adopt a Maltese you will not end up with a large dog.  You can get a pretty good idea of how big a purebred puppy will get by looking at the puppy’s parent.  You can also look up the breed standards in the American Kennel Club’s Complete Dog Book.  You look at breed standards to tell you a typical weight range for each breed, shoulder height, muzzle length and any other information you want to know about the dog breed.

It is harder to tell how big a mixed breed pup is going to get. It is even harder to estimate size and weight if you don’t know the breed or size of the puppy’s parents and if you don’t know the exact age of the puppy.

Here are a few things you can look at to help determine your puppy’s growth potential:

  • The size and breed of both parents.  For example, if you purchase or adopt a Yorkie you know that you will not end up with a 50 pound dog.  If you purchase or adopt a mixed breed and it it is a simple cross like a Labrador Retriever and a Beagle, you know that the puppies will not weigh more than a Labrador or less than a Beagle.
  • Look at your puppy’s paws.  As with humans, big feet indicate a larger weight and height.
  • If your puppy has loose skin then he has more room to grow and he will likely get larger.

grey How Big Will My Puppy Get?One way to calculate how much your puppy is going to weigh is the “double-it” formula.  Using this formula you take what your puppy weighs at 14 weeks and double it to get it’s adult weight.  Your puppy’s adult height can be calculated by an estimation.  The height of your puppy will be 75% of its adult height at around 6 months of age.

You should be able to make a reasonable guess of your puppy’s estimated size and weight as an adult by considering the factors above.  You might also try this Puppy Weight Predictor to estimate how big your puppy will get.  If you can estimate your puppy’s adult size and weight there won’t be any BIG surprises.  Just keep in mind, even the best estimations won’t be 100% accurate.

If you are thinking about adding a puppy to your family, you might want to consider buying some books about raising puppies.  This book, How To Raise The Perfect Dog Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan, is a guide for the beginner and experienced alike.   You can check it out by clicking on the banner below:
 

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