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Cappy is a large Lab. His Daddy (Cork) was a 110 pounder and lean.



I frequently see posts asking "how big will my Lab be?" If it is from big parents and genetically predisposed to being a large dawg, the weight chart I've maintained for Cappy over the past 10 years may give you a clue with respect to a growth rate.

This was Cappy at just under a year old prior to his first hunting season



Cappy last January, already 10 and the final day of season



And his historical weight chart from 8 weeks to 10+ years of age

 

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I'm not really the one to ask, but I found your chart interesting. I'm just curious, what caused him to drop 11 lbs. in 3 months (at 6 years old)?
 

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That's pretty cool!
The vet told me Lucky was going to be a 100lber herself. She was up to 86lbs last year and I think she looked beautiful. She was down to 66lbs 3 months ago!! She had problems with her anxiety again and the weight just dropped off. She's back up to 72lbs and -I- think she still looks skinny, but the vet said no more weight on her, but she's like your cappy and all muscle mass. I think if she looks healthy the 88+ pounds isn't bad on her, I think it's necessary as active as she is. You can still feel her ribs at that weight, and I pet her laying down on her side and my hand will still catch over her ribcage, which correct me if I'm wrong that shouldn't be.

Sam is still little as far as I'm concerned lol he's at 62lbs and has HUGE paws, we all thought he'd be the biggest of the crew, he still trips over his huge paws, they look like a bears!!
 

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I'm not really the one to ask, but I found your chart interesting. I'm just curious, what caused him to drop 11 lbs. in 3 months (at 6 years old)?
After the hunting season ended and by the time Cappy had a spring vet appointment (btw that's where all the listed weights were taken) he had reached an all time high of 89 lbs. His Vet gave me a hard time about Cappy getting too FAT so I cut him back to 1 cup Eukanuba lamb & rice in the am and one again in the pm. That's was about 2/3rds of his former portions. In addition, we stepped up his off-season exercise and by the time season rolled around again he had dropped too much weight, IMO. Vet thought he looked great. I thought the vet looked GOOFY so I maintained Cappy's output level but increased his portions back up and you can see the results.

Between 88 and 94 lbs is his ideal weight. Now that he's older and slowing down, his intake is being reduced and he's on Senior Maintenance rather than large breed adult Iams.
 

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As the owner of a (stocky but not fat) 98 lb beast who's is only 14 months old, I can only imagine how much bigger he will get if your chart is any indications...yikes!

Cool info though!
 

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I'm glad to see someone else did a growth chart for their lab! I tracked both Toby and Chamois. Which reminds me, I should update with the latest measurements.
 
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