I love Golden Retrievers and have raised many dogs of this beautiful breed.
Golden Retriever Growth Chart and Guide
Golden Retrievers are a widely sought-after breed of dog. The reason for their popularity lies in their versatility. Goldens make great family pets because of their natural dispositions, but they are also good hunting and show dogs.
A Golden Retriever's growth throughout different stages of its puppyhood can be so irregular that it's easy to wonder if something is wrong. In general, the answer is no; growth is not linear for any breed of dog but instead occurs in spurts throughout the first 24 months of life. Nevertheless, it is important to carefully monitor your puppy during this delicate stage of its life, so it is both fun and educational to know the growth sequence of your Golden Retriever.
Golden Retriever Female Puppy Weight Chart
Golden Retriever Male Puppy Weight Chart
Your Puppy's First Year of Growth
Immediately After Birth to Five Months Old
The first five months of a puppy's lifetime are when it's most impressionable. This is when you can really shape your puppy's personality.
First Seven Weeks
During its first seven few weeks of life, the new puppy will struggle to walk, staggering and falling at intervals. A few weeks after birth, the puppy will achieve stability while walking. It is very important for a puppy to be with its mother and litter during this time because they will teach the pup necessary behaviors.
During this period, the mother will instill the importance of obedience and affection in the puppy. Carefully socialize the infant dog without removing it from the litter to get it used to human contact.
The third month of a puppy's life is the perfect time to introduce it to its permanent human family. Spend a lot of time with the new puppy to socialize it. However, be careful during the puppy's move—around eight weeks or slightly later, the puppy will experience its first fear-impact period.
During this time, any frightening experience will have a long-lasting impact on the puppy. Work to prevent these frightening experiences, and if they do occur, remove the puppy from whatever is causing the fear immediately.
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Months
The fourth, fifth, and sometimes sixth months are when the puppy will really begin acting like a puppy—full of boundless energy and plagued by growing teeth. Set good habits for the puppy by enforcing consistent rules. Be careful for the puppy's second fear-impact period, which generally occurs around the fifth month or later.
Five Months Old to One-Year-Old
A four- or five-month-old puppy will have amazingly progressed into a furry young dog. At this stage, the tail and legs of the Golden Retriever puppy look very long; in fact, it's really a funny look because they seem a mismatch to its torso.
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Also within this period, the nose and ears of this special breed grow out (don't worry, the rest of its body will catch up and it will soon be an adorable ball of fur). You may even notice that at a point, the Golden Retriever’s front legs will appear shorter than the hind legs. But it will soon normalize, and an irregular pace of growth is normal.
Golden Retrievers grow very quickly within their second six months. During this time, the puppy's joints and bones become vulnerable. Avoid anything that will exert too much pressure on the dog's joints, such as long walks, abrupt stops while running, and bounding down the stairs. If the dog must be allowed to come down the stairs, assist it with a leash.
Proper Nutrition and the Danger Associated With Growing Too Quickly
Dog growth occurs in spurts and depends on the individual—no dog will exactly match the averages in the following charts. However, in general, you are looking for slow growth. There are dangers associated with your dog growing too quickly. These risks include bone disease and arthritis and occur more often in large breeds such as Golden Retrievers.
Growing too quickly is caused by overfeeding and low-quality food. When you read the ingredients on your puppy's dog food, the first ingredient should be some type of animal protein. If your puppy looks like it is gaining fat, cut back on the food.
In the following growth charts, the smallest and largest puppy weights are there to illustrate the wide range of Golden Retriever sizes. However, remember, bigger is not always better! Aim to keep your dog looking healthy and fit.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
liz on August 31, 2020:
hi ya'll, we just got a golden retriever puppy and he is a lot more work than expected but we love him.
Dylan on August 23, 2020:
To the last comment: TAKE HER TO A VET. Why would you ask on a message board???
Shreyansh singh on August 21, 2020:
I have female gr. puppy she is 3 month old & her weight is 9 kg. Her weight is average but look wise she is very weak. I like healthy & golu molu puppy. She has some skin infection on her elbows & under arms pls. help me. What I do.?
prateek on June 20, 2020:
my 3 months puppy weighs 8 kg
Soma on May 10, 2020:
My male golden 4 months is 14 kg
C. Bear on May 08, 2020:
But.. my male golden is 120 lbs!
Jean on May 05, 2020:
My Harley is 3 and weighs in at 95+
Peluche Austin on January 28, 2020:
I am 6 1/2 months old and 70lbs and still growing!
Evert on December 28, 2019:
I was very anxious about my GR's predicted destructive behaviour as a puppy. Fortunately my 2 year old Doberman took care of all my issues.
The Doberman keeps him busy second to none, so we had almost none of the issues you hear and read about. They play as if there is no tomorrow, and afterwards the GR gets into the pool ( that's when the Doberman loses interest :) ) and swims around for a bit, only to start playing again.
Thanks for a useful thread.
vishnuraj nair on December 17, 2019:
My female GR is 19.5 kg and 4 months... she has thin waist and and huge chest area .... my vet says she js super healthy and as per chart a large GR CAN WEIGH 20 kgs
Lori on December 15, 2019:
Anyone know of a height chart for Golden’s? My 9mo old pup is 24” and I was curious if he would grow any taller or if he’ll stay this height.
Rascal on November 22, 2019:
I'm weighing in at a cool 98 lbs. Sincerely yours, Rascal (18 month old male, Golden Retriever)
Halee on November 19, 2019:
My Golden will be 9 months in a few days. She weighed in at 35 lbs a couple days ago. She is very small for her breed, but she is from field lines, which run smaller than show lines. Vet said she is very healthy and nothing is wrong. I'll predict her adult weight to be 45lb, 50 at most.
email@example.com on September 16, 2019:
My female GR is just about 6 months but weighs 16kg. Seems a little small according to the chart. Is that normal?
James on July 21, 2019:
I have a litter of Golden's they are all over 17 pounds and one is 20 lbs and they are 8 weeks today. Not sure how accurate this chart is
Dorzi on June 29, 2019:
My GR Boy is 5 months and 27.5kg (60pounds). He is amazing and so protective of his home.
vinay gurung on June 27, 2019:
My golden retriever female puppy is 4 months and weight is 16 kgs..is she over weight
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 01, 2019:
when I got my golden Retriever puppy at the age of 13 weeks she had such a power that instead of 15 min walk we did 30 min or even more now she is 6 months old and after each walks I can see how she is tired specially after reading this article I'm really concerned about her health, how can I check it to become sure her joints and bones are healthy? now she is 6 months old with 15.5 kg
email@example.com on February 25, 2019:
My female puppy has weight 3.90kg.
She is 44days old. Is it ok. Please tell.
Subrata C on February 09, 2019:
Goldens are fantastic. I have a puppy3months old. Now, when shall i start feeding her eggs, fish oranimal protein?
ROB on January 21, 2019:
I have bred large conformations and Woring lines. From my experiences the largest pup i had at was around 16.8 lbs. He is now 105lbs. The Field lines run smaller they have smaller bone structure. I have had field retrievers as small as 5.8lbs. to 9lbs. After years of breeding various types of breeds I find the goldens to be the best breed for families with children and companions. I personally find the field lines my favorite of the retrievers, from the dark red vibrant coats with less sheding, to their intelligence.
Nancie on December 20, 2018:
Yy - your puppy is severely underweight.
Yy on December 14, 2018:
My golden puppy is 5 months old and he only weighs 8.4kg.... Is he underweight?
Gofyat on December 03, 2018:
My Golden is almost 11 months and she is 78 lbs Only give her dry food but sometimes I put omega three On it
Willow aged 4 months on October 25, 2018:
Currently 13kilo feeding her 50/50 on wet and dried foods. Was advised to make sure dried food was suitable for large breed dogs and not just generic puppy food as it contains the right amount of vitamins etc, She also enjoys raw carrots
Trainings come on a treat too,sit stay off down paw and fetch all mastered .what a fantastic breed the Goldens are. We did have a handsome boy retriever who we loved for 14 1/2years Rip Jasper hoping for the same with our little girl
Chad on October 23, 2018:
Our female golden is 4 months old and is exactly 30lbs. perfect
Perera on August 28, 2018:
My four month golden retriever puppy looks skinny. He is playful and active though. He eats well too. What might be the cause for his skinniness?
Stella on July 21, 2018:
My female golden is a little over 12 wks and weighs 13.6 #'s are you sure about your chart? She seems in perfect proportions.
jennie123412341234 on April 17, 2018:
My 8 month old golden (male) weighs 78 lbs, and is not obese (per the vet) he is just a big boned boy (very little fat on him and you can see the indentation to his hips)
Taylor on April 16, 2018:
My golden weights 70lbs and he’s only six months old. His father weighed 110lbs. I think the chart needs a bit of improvement regarding the “largest” category.
Angel Skye on March 07, 2018:
Raising puppies is sure a lot of work puppies are just like infant babies you have to watch them constantly to that they don't get nothing in their mouths. You have to keep your eyes on puppies every minute of the day and then watch. But it is a joy to see puppies grow up becoming adults to see what they are going to look like in the end after your hard work has paid off to see your results its all good work for your prize at the end of the rainbow to see your miracle in the making. So when you think about it it is not so bad after all. You know what I say thank God for puppies. Thank you for your time Angel Skye. S. B. In.
Misfit on March 04, 2018:
I think your chart needs a little work.
ws on February 05, 2018:
Nuschler: It sounds like the "cream white" golden retrievers you purchased in the USA are actually great pyrenees. They are often mistaken for golden retrievers, or back-yard-breeders sell them as golden retriever to people who are more invested in how their dog looks rather than temperament. Great pyrs are notoriously stubborn and unwilling to be trained. While smart, they don't want to stoop to the level of proving their intelligence by listening to a human.
My light-gold golden retriever is very intelligent: by 10 weeks she knew sit, down, and leave it. By 18 weeks she sits, lies down, goes to bed, offers a paw, drops, comes, etc. I have never known a golden who doesn't learn a new command in a matter of days. My girl learned "paw" in one day, and now offers it freely for treats.
Tari on November 27, 2017:
The weight charts here are backwards! Females weigh less than males! Please fix that as its misleading.