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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Golden Retriever Growth – What Age Does The Golden Retriever Reach Full Maturity?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 12 ·
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One thing you should know about your puppy when you adopt it is its growth rate. For example, if you adopt a Golden Retriever, you’ll want to know the Golden Retriever growth stages. Knowing this will help you keep your pup happy and healthy. Also, you’ll have a better idea about how your puppy should be developing.

When Does The Golden Retriever Reach Full Maturity?

Believe it or not, a Golden Retriever reaches sexual maturity before fully maturing physically and mentally.

Between the ages of six and 12 months, your male or female Golden Retriever will be ready to breed.

However, Golden Retrievers don’t typically reach physical maturity until between nine and 12 months. However, they can still grow and won’t be considered adult dogs until 18 months.

Golden Retrievers, being large dogs, won’t reach their full mental maturity until they are at least three years old. 

How Big Is A Golden Retriever When Fully Grown?

As with most dogs, female Golden Retrievers are typically smaller and lighter than males. So, according to the American Kennel Club’s breed standard for this dog, you can expect a fully grown female to be slightly smaller.

For example, males can be about 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. On the other hand, females can grow to stand about 20 to 22 inches tall and weigh between 55 to 70 pounds.

A Golden Retriever can be below average if they are the runt of the litter. However, if they’re above average on the scale, they most likely need to go on a diet. 

What’s The Golden Retriever Growth Rate?

You’ll be able to tell when your Golden Retriever is fully grown by using a few different methods. First, you can tell by their age when they should be fully grown. Also, you can talk to your vet.

As a puppy, be sure to bring them to the vet often enough to keep them up to date with their vaccinations and boosters. Also, the vet can track their growth and development. You’ll be able to get a good indicator of whether they’re an average size or on the smaller or larger size.

In addition, you can take a look at your dog’s paws. As a puppy, their paws will already be rather large. So you can track how well they grow, fitting into their paws.

Finally, if you got your dog from a breeder, you can ask them about the parents’ growth rates. That should be a good indicator of when your Golden Retriever puppy will be fully grown. It won’t be exact, but you can get a good idea.

Alternatively, you can get a DNA test done on your dog.

Golden Retriever Growth And Development

Females are typically smaller than males. So, when it comes to their weight, females will be on the smaller end of the scale while males will be at the bigger end.

At one-month-old, Golden Retriever puppies should weigh between two and five pounds. They should weigh about five to 15 pounds when they’re two months old. Then, when they’re three months old, they should be about 15 to 25 pounds.

Still rapidly growing at four months, your doggo should weigh between 20 and 30 pounds. At five months old, they should be around 25 to 40 pounds. Finally, they’ll weigh around 30 to 45 pounds at six months old.

You can expect your Golden Retriever to weigh between 30 and 55 pounds between seven and months old. They should be about 40 to 65 pounds at nine to ten months. At 11 to 12 months old, your furry friend should weigh about 50 to 70 pounds.

Golden Retrievers Are Large Dogs

Since Golden Retrievers are bigger dogs, they take longer to reach their full maturity and full growth. As a result, their growth rate is slower. Thus they’re slower to mature.

Small dog breeds typically reach their full maturity and growth by the time they are one year old. Unfortunately, they’re smaller, so they have less growth overall.

Medium and large-sized dogs take longer to reach their full maturity because they have more body mass to fill out. This is why Golden Retrievers can take up to three years to fully mature.

How Big Is Your Golden Retriever?

With proper dieting and regular vet visits, you can easily keep track of your Golden Retriever’s growth rate. Then, without any health complications, your furry friend can grow into a happy and healthy doggo.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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