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How Big Will My Puppy Get?

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Bringing home a puppy is a major decision. While it is one of the nicest things you could do, it is important to consider a whole bunch of issues. For example, how big will your pup grow up to be, what kind of living situation would be ideal for them, etc. These are all questions you have to ask for yourself before you make the decision to adopt a puppy.

From choosing the right crate to shifting to a bigger apartment, a dog's size can influence a lot of factors in your general life. It is naturally the utmost priority that your puppy is comfortable in your living space and continues to remain so as they grow older and bigger.  That is why we will discuss in detail just how big your puppy will be on reaching adulthood and the various factors like their current weight, sex, and breed,that affect their growth.

When will my Puppy Stop Growing?

One of the questions that dog parents most commonly ask is when their puppies will stop growing. Well, it has been largely noted that the larger the dog breed is, the more number of months they take to fully grow.

The growth rate for different sizes if breeds are different and as such, a few have been discussed for your reference.

     Toy breeds: Like Chihuahuas or Pekingese finish growing by 12-15 months and hit their adult weight by the time they’re 18 months of age. 

     Medium-large breeds: Like Collies, Boxers, or Labrador Retrievers reach full growth by 18 months and attain their full body weight by the time they are 2 years of age.

     The giant dog breeds: Like Mastiffs, Great Danes fully grow into their paws within 18 months but they take almost 3 years to attain their full body weight.

So, to determine how big your pup will be, scale his current size and see if they are a toy breed, medium or large one, or one of the gentle giant giants. There are also ways in which you can estimate an approximate number for your puppy’s adult weight using his current numbers.

A few ways to "Estimate" your Puppy's Adult Weight are:

     For Toy and Small breeds: Take their 6 week weight and then double it twice. For example, a 1 pound puppy will be 4 pounds as an adult.

     For Bigger breeds: You have to wait a little longer than 6 weeks. You take their 14 weeks weight, double that, and then add half of the original 14 weeks then. For example, a 10 pounds puppy is estimated to be 10 + 10 + 5, which is 25 pounds as an adult.

What are the other factors that determine my puppy’s growth?

     Gender: In general, male dogs tend to grow more than females.

     Neutering: Early neutering often cancels out chemicals that stop growth after a point. As a result, dogs that were neutered early tend to grow taller than their peers.

     Breed: Breed is a very significant marker of weight. A Chihuahua will never weigh more than 6 pounds while a St. Bernard will never weigh less than 100 pounds.

A puppy at home is a blessing that does come with a number of responsibilities. One of the biggest conundrums in the life of a dog owner, especially a mixed breed, is how big will their puppies grow up to be. These are some of the ways you can determine your puppy's adult size. It is important for you to know these important facts about dogs as life is always a lot better with these furballs in it.

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