We are new Lab owners! We brought Duke home when he was 7 weeks, he is now a little over 4 months. He is a BIG boy! Right now he is 52 lbs and we are wondering if this is average for his age. Has anyone come across a chart that gives the average weight during the first year? He eats 1 cup of dry food 3 times a day, gets his little training snacks, plenty of exercise and is not overweight.
BTW- he is such a delight. Everytime you look into those eyes you just fall in love. He is however, a determinded guy, and it's always a battle when he doesn't get his own way.
We also have "field line" (field/"American") in the USA which tend to be leggier, leaner and lankier, heavier than the bench line Lab; they have no standards for body conformity, weight, or size.
In addition, beyond the standards of the bench line Labs and whatever the average dimensions of competing field line Labs, probably MOST Labs in the USA come from Puppy Mills (PMs) or Back Yard Breeders (BYBs).
These do not breed to produce a dog that can compete in a bench/show event or field/hunt event, but just to produce puppies that can be called Labs.
For that reason, Labs can reach a usual adult weight of between 45 lbs and 130+ lbs.
My Puff [YF, AKC field line (competitive breeder), 65 lbs., DOB: 8-'01] had a development which was much like the silhouette of the NE quadrant of a football (when the noses are pointing E-W).
Her weight gain was
Days Age____Weight (lbs)
Other Labs will have a much different rate of growth.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
They all grow at different rates ... AND if you want the best indication of how big your lab will get, just look at his parents.
For reference, Sami (girl) weighed 35 lbs. at 4 months, 48 lbs. at 5 months, and is now 55 lbs. at 18 months (and no that's not a typo)! Like I said above, just look at the parents. Sami is identical in size to her mother.
hello: im wondering how big our little boy is gonna be. Hes a moderate bench style lab mother was a bred american field lab and his father was a english show style. We just weighed him last night at petsmart, hes 62lbs at about 71/2 months old.