I love Golden Retrievers and have raised many dogs of this beautiful breed.
The Growth of Your Golden Retriever Puppy
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.
Your Puppy's First Year of Growth
Immediately After Birth to Five Months Old
The first five months of a puppy's lifetime are its most impressionable. This is when you can really shape your puppy's personality.
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.
During the fourth, fifth, and sometimes sixth month is 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. 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 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 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 an animal protein. If you 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.
Golden Retriever Female Puppy Weight Chart
Golden Retriever Male Puppy Weight Chart
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.
Ab on November 20, 2017:
My 8 month old golden retriever weighs 72 pounds.Is his weight fine?
Nuschler on October 12, 2017:
I train service dogs for the disabled....we pick up all expenses.
I'm a trauma surgeon in Hawai’i and we get our purebreds from Australia.
1) Australia is rabies free like Hawaii
2) They breed pure working and sporting dogs.
My best dogs have been English Cocker Spaniels.
I moved temporarily to mainland USA. The Goldens I've bought from certified kennels here are bred to be "cute and fun!"
My vet said won't mature until 3 or 4! I and two trainers haven't been able to even teach "sit" or "come" by 12 months!
5' three times a day! Nothing!
These were bred cream white. Both males are 28" and 90#. We're Giving them away for family dogs. Not receptive to intense training for severely handicapped folks!
Wish they bred GRs for intelligence NOT cuteness for YouTube videos.
Going back to Hawaii for Australian pups!
BTW. Ask your board certified vet about limping, "liver shunts" growth patterns!
NOT the INTERNET and chat rooms! I would hope you'd take a child hit by a car to an ER and not ask strangers on a website!!
Rosemary Green on September 30, 2017:
What age do I cut back on 4 meals to 3 meals my Retriever puppy is 16weeks?
indee on September 29, 2017:
Hi, My female golden retriever is 8 months old and small. she is 48.5 - 49 lb. she is short too. is there a way for me to boost her growth without risking her health?
MuttMaster on September 20, 2017:
Our male Golden is 69 lbs at six months. Still looks thin and has a ways to go.
CFaccin on August 25, 2017:
Well, after a bout in the hospital - we found out what the problem is. Poor little Oakley has Liver Shunts - he is currently being managed with Meds and a special diet. When he develops more and sometime before he turns 1 (in March) he will need to go to Michigan State and have a procedure done. He became very toxic - his ammonia level was 240 --- normal being 30. We have him stabilized and he has returned to eating and playing and running - like a puppy should.
Little Oakley has begun to actually gain a little weight, but still under 20 lbs. I feel so bad for the little guy, but he seems to be improving every day!
Pam Miears-Ennis on August 24, 2017:
Yes, 17.8 pounds for a five month old golden retriever is very small, to give you some perspective our girl is on the small side at just 60 pounds, and she weighed 17 pounds at around 13 weeks. By five months she weighed 45 pounds, by 7 months she was 50 pounds. She did not reach her adult weight of 59 pounds until two years of age. She isn't on the thin side, like our previous retriever, Fluff weighed 80 pounds as an adult but was very tall.
Fluff was our discount puppy. The runt of the litter she was half the size of her siblings at eight weeks old. The other 13 pups had sold when we came to see the litter, she was all that was left. The breeder offered her up for half price, she was very small, but I had fallen in love with the mom(incredibly smart, incredibly gentle) and we thought a small retriever might be good, as we had toddlers in the house. So we took the discount dog, it ended far better than that Marley story, trust me.
The breeder also gave us, and everyone else a bag of the high end food that they were feeding the puppies. By day four I knew one thing for sure, our puppy was allergic to the food. Every feeding was followed by diarrhea. ( a sure sign of an intolerance/allergy) We switched her food and she started gaining weight and growing at an astronomical rate.
I would begin by changing his food. If he continues to not thrive, I would begin looking at digestive disorders, IBS/IBD, Chronic pancreatitis can all interfere with growth, because they interfere with digestion.
CFaccin on August 10, 2017:
My 5 Month old male Golden "Oakley" has always been on the small side. He is 17.8#, the vet keeps throwing "Failure to thrive" he is pretty active and goes in spurts of craziness and rest. He is thin, but not to the point where you can see his ribs-- you can feel them if you rub firmly. The points of his hips are not visible. He has a definite hour glass shape , just thin with a long body and long legs. Should I be concerned?
imoraf on July 07, 2017:
Hi, I have a female golden retriever, she's 11 weeks old, but she weitghts less than the chart ranges, how do I know she's ok and she is just small? should I be worried?
Sumitra kar on June 28, 2017:
My golden called Casper is now 4and half months male dog.My question is this is the right time to train him by a professional trainer?
Hunter on April 23, 2017:
In response to Charlies mommy, I have a 7 mth old male retriever he is 70 lbs, he has a slight limp as well. Not enough that he favors it but enough to notice it. Took him also to the vet and same suggestions as your vet, soft tissue damage; growth plates not fully formed yet; elbow displacement etc. Which yes I was told is common in lrg breed dogs. Vet put Hunter on anti-inflammatory for two weeks to see if his leg gets better. X rays will be next, I also would like to know if anyone has had this with their golden and have any suggestions. I am thinking of Cannabis oil for dogs called Medi-paws I have heard good things about it as it is worrisome watching him limp wandering if it causes him pain. He loves going for walks ❤
"Kanber" from Turkey on April 12, 2017:
Thank you for this information.
Is there a Scientific source based the weight chart of Golden Retrievers
Rocky on March 03, 2017:
Our Golden. Sophie Bear was born without her left paw any advice on what to be carefull with let me know she is only 5 months old. follow her on Facebook (Sophie Bear)
Logan on February 21, 2017:
Me and my family got a golden retriever from a family friend her name is Maggie she's very lovable and smart but is very shy I don't know if I should be worried or not. She's medium size but I wonder if she will grow more she is only 8 months and weighs around 44 pounds. I'm not quite sure if she's 100% full blooded but either way I love her she is the best dog so far and I hope in the future I can get her to come out of her shell and become a more social dog
jurnee on February 14, 2017:
you forgot to mention they also make great service and therapy animals!
Ollie Wahm on January 17, 2017:
I have an English Cremè Golden Retriever puppy that is 5 1/2 months old and weighs 50 pounds. Is that considered too big? I mean he's not fat but he has a thick skeletal structure.
Nancy on January 16, 2017:
Why are the male weights lower than the female weights?
joseph on January 12, 2017:
Charliesmommy on November 05, 2016:
I adopted my puppy when he was 8 weeks old he's 6 months and 53lbs so right on the average. He has developed a limp and I got him X-rays. They said it could be elbow displacia or Panasteitis (inflammation of the bones effecting the tendons) apparently both of these are common in goldens . Has anyone else been through either? I am leaning toward panateitis because I think the limp changed legs (it's so hard to tell). Has anyone's dog developed s sudddn limp then been fine a couple months later ? Or been diagnosed with either of those two things? Thank you,just worried about my fur baby
Kimber on October 04, 2016:
I have a prebreed reddish brown golden retriever 11 months she is almost 1 only 45 lbs I have been feedin her lamb and rice pureina one first 3 ingredients is lamb,rice,whole grain wheat I have switched her to purina beneful
Candida Bose on September 07, 2016:
Thank you for this amazing article! It was really helpful. Appreciate your efforts in posting this.
LuckyCharmGoldenRetrievers on August 13, 2016:
I would also like to mention that indeed growth rates are not the same for all goldens. Some may appear smaller than mentioned and be totally normal.
AC on April 27, 2016:
Why my female golden retriver only 43 pounds at 10 months old. I asked the vet.. they said she is healthy and look just nice (not overweight, not skinny). But when she compares to 10/10 other goldens... she is the skinnest... why?
Ravi on April 14, 2016:
I have a Golden Retriever male puppy which is 5 months old now whose height is 20 inches and weight is 55 lbs. I don't see much hairs on it. It's looks lesser than usual puppies. Can someone tell me what to do make it's hair grow
rick kraemer on September 26, 2015:
well I use to breed goldens and what comes to mind females are always well usually males are larger, and is it really a pure golden so if he was the runt of the litter, it will most likely remain on the small sise( dont worry I just paid 2200 for a female 3 months later the breeder tells me she was the runt, so somebody should in there ads that oh buy the way she is the runt I can pretty much tell age from teeth, your vet is more qualified than myself just that I rasied 60 of the little guys 20 to 30 years ago so we sold 95 of them never charged more than 350 now by the way these where wshow quality and the parents where rated VG to EL OFA best of luck just injoy her OK Rick Kraemer 6505871539
Rollo's Mom on August 06, 2014:
In early June we got a golden from a rescue. He had been in a pound near the Mexican border and was full of parsites. The pound estimated he was born in mid - late Feb of this year, the rescue said late March and our vet estimated early to mid Feb. Regardless he was (and still is) tiny for a Golden. He has grown a lot in the 2 months we've had him, but as of Aug 5, he is only 27 lbs. Does anybody have any expierence with such puppies ever growing to full size? Or will he be pemanently stunted?
Barbs Fortin on July 11, 2014:
My first Golden was given to us in his adult years.. Auesome! Loved the water behind the house. My last one died a year ago, and suceeded at all she set out to do! Skated with Papa, and was an SD for me and my doc told me to keep her with me. She sensed things before I adid with my health and so forth, always loving and a puppy at play! This one at 10 months, had Ovarian Cysts at 6 month and WOW acting out. She is a hand ful, chewing up bedroom set, car interior, Hudini, digging to china and the training is lost in limbo, I wonder if she retainedc anytthing.. She licks all to all continually and thinks she is a lap dog!
All three have papers, all three different night as day!
Pam Miears-Ennis on June 07, 2012:
@ Kit, oh yes we definitely have. Both with our older female, that was 24 inches at the withers and 75 pounds,until she started shrinking and now with our puppy. Keep-Her is a rescue dog, so we are unsure of her ancestry. Her mother was a golden retriever puppy that we fostered through the birth to weaning of the pups. We were unable to keep Foster so we kept a pup. They appeared to have had a black lab father, but we are unsure.Keep-Her is on the small side, at 8 months she is only 19 inches at the withers and 44 pounds, but even with her we have seen sudden growth spurts. They are fairly normal,but as I said before you want to avoid to rapid of growth and the best way to do that is quality food and a balanced diet. Every one of our dogs has loved carrots and broccoli, except maybe Foster,but we think she was caged all her life, before she was rescued and was completely unfamiliar with "human food"or even grass, till she came to us. However you are probably passed the point where that would be a concern.
kit on June 04, 2012:
My wife and I recently adopted an abandoned golden from the Human Society. We had one for eight years before he died untimely and wanted another for many of the reasons listed above. My question: Jake is two years old and about 75 pounds. He is longer and taller than our previous retriever. He appears longer today than he did yesterday, as if he had a growth spurt. We had human boys who had evident growth spurts as teenagers. Has anyone else experienced such a radical growth with their dog?
Pam Miears-Ennis on April 18, 2012:
@Rosemary I think you are asking, " Can they grow to fast?" The answer is yes, that is why a good quality puppy food is important. Science diet, blue, Iams, are a few of the better ones. The better ones cost more for the initial bag but you actually are able to feed them less, so the bag goes further. Buying a costco or wal-mart brand dog food is a bad idea. these unbalanced poor nutrition foods lead to the problems like rapid growth and digestive upset. To rapid of growth can lead to problems in the fore legs and hips. With medium/large dogs like goldens and labs it essential to limit how much they run up and down stairs and such as well during the early growth stages. We have kept members of the breed for twenty years now and they have all been my running partners but none start running with me until they are over a year and definitely done growing.
rosemary on April 17, 2012:
does a goldon reteriver pups found that his bones are growing to fast for his body is ther such a thing
Nducons on January 30, 2012:
Golden retrievers are good and as for me, i have 1 which is now 7 months and 13 inches tall. Her name is shaggy. I trained her by myself. She can sit, stand, lye down, shake with her right hand, jump, retrieve and many others. She cant eat until you command her. Unlike other goldens she hate to see visitors near me or touch her unless they want to shake her. I love shaggy but she is not fast grower, she is lazy to eat unless you are begging her or after her play time. I have worm her but that still continue and that irritaters me because any time i buy food half will spoil but she dont care. But i still love her with many reasons. She is submisive, she know when you are angry or happy, she is not a housebreaker, she always love to be neat.
Pam Miears-Ennis on January 25, 2012:
@DennisA our golden is now retired, at 16 she lays on the rug all day and accepts her just dues. It was tough to convince my husband way back when that we should get a golden retriever and not another shepherd. The kids were little and I wanted a dog that would love them and play with them and I wouldn't have to worry about their friends around it. Best decision we ever made concerning getting a dog. She has given more love to more children than I can count. As for bad guard dogs don't underestimate them, we used to joke that all a thief had to do was bring a baby for her to love on. Then one late night when my husband was at work our locked front door suddenly slammed open and hit the wall with amazing force. Before I even could register that someone had just broken down the door my 80 pound retriever, that had been in bed with one of the kids, came flying down the hall, all teeth and claws and went after the guy, right out the front door. They found her two blocks away apparently waiting for a ride home. I think she was sitting outside the house of the guy who broke the door open. New dead bolts,new door, gun refresher course later I still had a new respect for my "harmless" golden retriever. And no we didn't live in a bad neighborhood, very upper middle class in fact, but we were reminded that bad people can move in anywhere.
DennisA on September 03, 2011:
My golden I got at around 14 months and a few months down the road he grew taller and stronger, I think he is a slow grower : ) looking at his hide and bones I think he prob will continue to grow until he is two. Nice breed, never had one, I normally get tough breeds to guard the property but have kids now and they needed a dog that was more like a human : ) Not the best guard dog but hey he is amazing with the kids and even great with the other dogs who took him in and great with cats, I really think its the best family dog, He still acts a little skiddish on a leash but working on it, he tends to want to go in circles or lays down like if the last owner hit him, but without a leash he is wonderful, also can handle my long walks, So for those who are looking into this breed for there next dog, I would recommend it 100%, great indoor, outdoor family dog, acts like no other breed, and all in good areas, very kind with animals, people, kids, babies, great all around dog : ) Unless you live in a bad area where thugs are climbing your fence he might make new friends : ) hehe But they do bark to let you know hey someone is here.
kristen stevens (author) from New York, USA on October 13, 2009:
Yes this is true. And just they do have good traits!
Whitney from Georgia on August 18, 2009:
Remember not all dogs grow at the same rate, so you can't always go by a growth chart for puppies. Some puppies are slow growers, whereas others may have early growth spurts and slow their growth as they age.
Most medium sized dogs, Golden Retrievers included, actually reach full growth by 12-18 months, not two years.
sryan944 on August 13, 2009:
Golden Retriever are so popular because of their enormous good traits.