How big will my puppy get?
Whether we are shopping for a pet door, a dog bed, or just wondering, we have lots of questions about our dog's size: how big will my puppy get as it becomes fully grown? When do puppies stop growing? How big will my adult dog get? Is a puppy weight calculator even accurate?
Especially if you have a mixed breed puppy, these questions aren't easily answered by way of a quick google search (which is much easier with a purebred). Measurements like your puppy's weight and paw size can help with making your prediction. However, dog breeds are not all made equal, with small breeds, medium breeds, large breeds, and giant breeds.
There's a lot of variation that can impact first-glance assumptions. While predicting a puppy's adult weight and height is not an exact science, there are a few ways to predict future growth and estimated full size with reasonable confidence:
- Weigh your new puppy
- Once you have established their current weight, go to puppychart.com
- Select your puppy's breed from the list of dog breeds (approximate is ok)
- Select your dog’s birthday to reflect weeks of age or months of age (approximate is ok)
- Enter the date and weight from the last time you weighed your dog
- See the puppy weight chart and projected adult size
The free website PuppyChart.com is a neat way to predict your puppy's adult weight by comparing their current size with historical data of others dogs from the same breed. This means that dogs from larger breeds will be ranked against their own breed. While the tool isn't an exact indication of what your puppy's adult size will be, it's a fun way to at least get in the ballpark! Factors such as differing height and weight gain are not reflected in the weight calculator (or adult height), so it's important to keep in mind that it's not a comprehensive indication of your dog's specific growth rate, and could change for naturally larger dogs.
Let's put the puppy growth calculator to the test! As curious pet parents, we've weighed our border collie puppy Mikey frequently since getting her in July so we can look into how quickly PuppyChart’s projection stabilizes.
Mikey's Growth Results
When we first took Mikey home, she was only an 8.2lb ball of fluff and cuteness. At that number of weeks (57 days), PuppyChart predicted she would be only 29.3 lbs at maturity, which is a bit on the smaller end for her pooch breed. Remarkably, even though we weighed Mikey 26 more times her PuppyChart projection remained largely consistent, fluctuating between 28.9 and 33.6 lbs and usually in the 31-32 range as shown in red in the graph below.
Mikey’s still only a little over 5 months and still has some more growing to do, but so far it really looks like she’s headed to become about 32 lbs. The PuppyChart projection means that even at only 8 weeks, you can get a pretty good idea of how big your dog will grow. What a great way to see how big my dog would get. Now I know what size of dog door, bed, and crate to get for Mikey!
How much will my dog weigh if they’re a mixed breed or a mutt? Well, that’s a bit harder. You could probably average the puppy growth chart projections based on each breed component to get an idea. Another fun thing you could do with rescues is to work backwards to figure your dog’s actual birthday. If you rescued a dog that was only 20 lbs and later grew to be 65 lbs, you can work backwards to extrapolate that your puppy was about 11 weeks when you got her!
Looking for an alternative weight calculator? The American Kennel Club has a breed weight chart for a huge list of small dogs and large dogs (from Chihuahuas and Beagles to Mastiffs and Great Danes). This chart is a nice quick way to see just how big dogs can get! Did you do this test or another method? If so, let us know how accurate it was!
Predicting your puppy's size as an adult isn't just for fun, but can be necessary when buying things like dog bed or pet doors. Petdoors.com has dozens of brands of pet doors for every breed and every installation type.