How Heavy Should My Dog Be

Did you recently get a new puppy? Maybe you are just now thinking about bringing a dog into your family and puppy-proofing your home. There are many things to consider when getting a puppy or a dog. One of the things that you will want to consider is how big your dog will get. For instance, if you live in an apartment, you probably don’t want to get a dog that will be really heavy or big. If you have a big yard, you may want a dog that is going to grow to be bigger. There are many factors that determine how heavy a dog should be. 

Puppies and Their Growth Spurts

In order to figure out an average dog weight for the puppy you recently got or are thinking about getting, you will need to know more about when your puppy is going to quit growing. For instance, Great Dane puppies grow for a while and keep getting bigger. On the other hand, a Shih-Tzu will stop growing sooner because they don’t get that big, even as an adult. The way you can look at it is like this - the bigger dog breed you have, the longer they will grow. Smaller dog breeds will probably stop growing by the age of 6 months. 

Other Puppy Size Factors You Should Know About

There are some other factors that will affect your puppy’s size and weight. These factors include the following:

  • Gender - Female dogs tend to be smaller and weight less than male dogs.
  • Desexing Age - The earlier that you have your dog spayed and neutered, the more their body will be affected. This is because certain chemicals are no longer in the body, so the bones don’t know how much more to grow. Dogs who are neutered early on in their life often grow taller than dogs that are neutered later in life. 
  • Dog Breed - As you probably know, there are smaller breeds of dogs and larger breeds of dogs. Chihuahuas, for example, will not be as heavy or as big as a Great Dane. 

Now that you know more about these other puppy size factors, you may want to know how you can estimate what size your puppy will become. 

Estimating How Big Your Puppy Will Become

Are you curious to figure out how big or how heavy your puppy will become? If so, you should know that there are actually many ways to estimate this answer. First, you should know what your dog's age is.

You can use a dog weight chart by age and breed or a dog weight estimator.The dog weight chart by age and breed will tell you how big your puppy should get when they reach adult age. Keep in mind that these numbers are not exact.

Every dog has its own individual characteristics. However, this type of chart is helpful when trying to find an average dog weight for your puppy when they grow up. 

It may also help to know that smaller dog breeds will typically double their 6-week weight twice. So, when your small breed or toy breed puppy is 6 weeks old double their weight once and then double that number again. This will give you an estimate of how much they will weight as an adult. 

For medium to larger dog breeds, you will need to start estimating once they hit 14 weeks old. You will take their weight at that age and double it. Then you will add on half of that weight. For example, if your dog weighs 15 pounds at 14 weeks, you would take 15 + 15 + 7.5. This equals 37.5 lbs. This will give you an estimate of what your medium to larger dog will weight as an adult. You could also wait until your dog is 6 months old. The weight at this point is about ⅔ of what it will be as an adult. Giant dog breeds, at this age, weight about half of what they will weight as an adult. 

If you adopted a puppy later than the 6-month mark, you could use a different estimation process. You would take your puppy’s weight and divide that number by how many weeks old they are. Then, you will multiply the number you get by 52 (for each week of the year). For example, if you adopted a dog at 8 months old (36 weeks) and he weighed 8 lbs, you will do 8 divided by 36 which equals .22. Then you will multiply this by 52. Your dog will have an estimated adult weight of 11.44 lbs. 

Now that you have a better idea of how heavy a dog should be as an adult, you can decide what breed of puppy you would like to bring into your family. Remember, smaller breed dogs may not get as big or as heavy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right type of dog for you.

There are many factors to consider before getting a puppy and weight is just one of them. You should also keep in mind that having an ideal weight is important in keeping your dog healthy.


Breed Weight Chart

Breed Weight Male Weight Female
Affenpinschers 7-10 pounds 7-10 pounds
Afghan Hounds 50-60 pounds 50-60 pounds
Airedale Terriers 50-70 pounds 50-70 pounds
Akitas 100-130 pounds 70-100 pounds
Alaskan Malamutes 85 pounds 75 pounds
American English Coonhounds 45-65 pounds 45-65 pounds
American Eskimo Dogs 6-10 pounds (toy), 10-20 pounds (miniature), 25-35 pounds (standard) 6-10 pounds (toy), 10-20 pounds (miniature), 25-35 pounds (standard)
American Foxhounds 65-70 pounds 60-65 pounds
American Hairless Terriers 12-16 pounds 12-16 pounds
American Staffordshire Terriers 55-70 pounds 40-55 pounds
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 110-150 pounds 80-120 pounds
Australian Cattle Dogs 35-50 pounds 35-50 pounds
Australian Shepherds 50-65 pounds 40-55 pounds
Australian Terriers 12-18 pounds 12-18 pounds
Basenjis 24 pounds 22 pounds
Basset Hounds 40-65 pounds 40-65 pounds
Beagles under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches) under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
Bearded Collies 45-55 pounds 45-55 pounds
Beaucerons 70-110 pounds 70-110 pounds
Bedlington Terriers 17-23 pounds 17-23 pounds
Belgian Malinois 60-80 pounds 40-60 pounds
Belgian Sheepdogs 55-75 pounds 45-60 pounds
Belgian Tervuren 55-75 pounds 45-60 pounds
Bergamasco 70-84 pounds 57-71 pounds
Berger Picards 50-70 pounds 50-70 pounds
Bernese Mountain Dogs 80-115 pounds 70-95 pounds
Bichons Frises 12-18 pounds 12-18 pounds
Black and Tan Coonhounds 65-110 pounds 65-110 pounds
Black Russian Terriers 80-130 pounds 80-130 pounds
Bloodhounds 90-110 pounds 80-100 pounds
Bluetick Coonhounds 55-80 pounds 45-65 pounds
Boerboels 150-200 pounds 150-200 pounds
Border Collies 30-55 pounds 30-55 pounds
Border Terriers 13-15.5 pounds 11.5-14 pounds
Borzois 75-105 pounds 60-85 pounds
Boston Terriers 12-25 pounds 12-25 pounds
Bouviers des Flandres 70-110 pounds 70-110 pounds
Boxers 65-80 pounds 15 pounds less than male
Briards 55-100 pounds 55-100 pounds
Brittanys 30-40 pounds 30-40 pounds
Brussels Griffons 8-10 pounds 8-10 pounds
Bull Terriers 50-70 pounds 50-70 pounds
Bulldogs 50 pounds 40 pounds
Bullmastiffs 110-130 pounds 100-120 pounds
Cairn Terriers 14 pounds 13 pounds
Canaan Dogs 45-55 pounds 35-45 pounds
Cane Corso Proportionate to height Proportionate to height
Cardigan Welsh Corgis 30-38 pounds 25-34 pounds
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 13-18 pounds 13-18 pounds
Cesky Terriers 14-24 pounds 14-24 pounds
Chihuahuas not exceeding 6 pounds not exceeding 6 pounds
Chinese Crested 8-12 pounds 8-12 pounds
Chinese Shar-Pei 45-60 pounds 45-60 pounds
Chinooks 55-90 pounds 50-65 pounds
Chow Chows 45-70 pounds 45-70 pounds
Cirnechi dell'Etna 22-26 pounds 17-22 pounds
Collies 60-75 pounds 50-65 pounds
Coton de Tulear 9-15 pounds 8-13 pounds
Dachshunds 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature) 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
Dalmatians 45-70 pounds 45-70 pounds
Dandie Dinmont Terriers 18-24 pounds 18-24 pounds
Doberman Pinschers 75-100 pounds 60-90 pounds
Dogues de Bordeaux 110 pounds & up 99 pounds & up
English Foxhounds 60-75 pounds 60-75 pounds
English Toy Spaniels 8-14 pounds 8-14 pounds
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 55-65 pounds 55-65 pounds
Finnish Lapphunds 33-53 pounds 33-53 pounds
Finnish Spitz 25-33 pounds 20-28 pounds
Fox Terriers (Smooth) 18 pounds in show condition two pounds less than male
Fox Terriers (Wire) 18 pounds in show condition two pounds less than male
French Bulldogs under 28 pounds under 28 pounds
German Pinschers 25-45 pounds 25-45 pounds
German Shepherd Dogs 65-90 pounds 50-70 pounds
Giant Schnauzers 60-85 pounds 55-75 pounds
Glen of Imaal Terriers 32-40 pounds 32-40 pounds
Great Danes 140-175 pounds 110-140 pounds
Great Pyrenees 100 pounds & up 85 pounds & up
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 115-140 pounds 85-110 pounds
Greyhounds 65-70 pounds 60-65 pounds
Harriers 45-60 pounds 45-60 pounds
Havanese 7-13 pounds 7-13 pounds
Ibizan Hounds 50 pounds 45 pounds
Icelandic Sheepdogs 30 pounds 25 pounds
Irish Terriers 27 pounds 25 pounds
Irish Wolfhounds 120 pounds 105 pounds
Italian Greyhounds 7-14 pounds 7-14 pounds
Japanese Chin 7-11 pounds 7-11 pounds
Keeshonden 35-45 pounds 35-45 pounds
Kerry Blue Terriers 33-40 pounds females weigh slightly less than males
Komondorok 100 pounds or more 80 pounds or more
Kuvaszok 100-115 pounds 70-90 pounds
Lagotti Romagnoli 28.5-35 pounds 24-31 pounds
Lakeland Terriers 17 pounds slightly smaller
Leonbergers 110-170 pounds 90-140 pounds
Lhasa Apsos 12-18 pounds 12-18 pounds
Lowchen 15 pounds 15 pounds
Maltese under 7 pounds under 7 pounds
Manchester Terriers under 12 pounds (toy), 12-22 pounds (standard) under 12 pounds (toy), 12-22 pounds (standard)
Mastiffs 160-230 pounds 120-170 pounds
Miniature American Shepherds 20-40 pounds 20-40 pounds
Miniature Bull Terriers 18-28 pounds 18-28 pounds
Miniature Pinschers 8-10 pounds 8-10 pounds
Miniature Schnauzers 11-20 pounds 11-20 pounds
Neapolitan Mastiffs 150 pounds 110 pounds
Newfoundlands 130-150 pounds 100-120 pounds
Norfolk Terriers 11-12 pounds 11-12 pounds
Norwegian Buhunds 31-40 pounds 26-35 pounds
Norwegian Elkhounds 55 pounds 48 pounds
Norwegian Lundehunds 20-30 pounds 20-30 pounds
Norwich Terriers 12 pounds 12 pounds
Old English Sheepdogs 60-100 pounds 60-100 pounds
Otterhounds 115 pounds 80 pounds
Papillons 5-10 pounds 5-10 pounds
Parson Russell Terriers 13-17 pounds 13-17 pounds
Pekingese up to 14 pounds up to 14 pounds
Pembroke Welsh Corgis up to 30 pounds up to 28 pounds
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens 25-40 pounds 25-40 pounds
Pharaoh Hounds 45-55 pounds 45-55 pounds
Plotts 50-60 pounds 40-55 pounds
Pointers 55-75 pounds 45-65 pounds
Pointers (German Shorthaired) 55-70 pounds 45-60 pounds
Pointers (German Wirehaired) 50-70 pounds 50-70 pounds
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 30-50 pounds 30-50 pounds
 
Pomeranians 3-7 pounds 3-7 pounds
Poodles 4-6 pounds (toy), 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard) 4-6 pounds (toy), 10-15 pounds (miniature), 40-50 pounds (female standard)
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos 9-13 pounds 9-13 pounds
Portuguese Water Dogs 42-60 pounds 35-50 pounds
Pugs 14-18 pounds 14-18 pounds
Pulik 25-35 pounds 25-35 pounds
Pumik 27-29 pounds 22-24 pounds
Pyrenean Shepherds 15-30 pounds 15-30 pounds
Rat Terriers 10-25 pounds 10-25 pounds
Redbone Coonhounds 45-70 pounds 45-70 pounds
Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 65-80 pounds 55-70 pounds
Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 60-95 pounds 60-95 pounds
Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 60-70 pounds 60-70 pounds
Retrievers (Golden) 65-75 pounds 55-65 pounds
Retrievers (Labrador) 65-80 pounds 55-70 pounds
Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 35-50 pounds 35-50 pounds
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 85 pounds 70 pounds
Rottweilers 95-135 pounds 80-100 pounds
Russell Terriers 9-15 pounds 9-15 pounds
Salukis 40-65 pounds 40-65 pounds
Samoyeds 45-65 pounds 35-50 pounds
Schipperkes 10-16 pounds 10-16 pounds
Scottish Deerhounds 85-110 pounds 75-95 pounds
Scottish Terriers 19-22 pounds 18-21 pounds
Sealyham Terriers 23-24 pounds slightly less
Setters (English) 65-80 pounds 45-55 pounds
Setters (Gordon) 55-80 pounds 45-70 pounds
Setters (Irish Red and White) 42-60 pounds 35-50 pounds
Setters (Irish) 70 pounds 60 pounds
Shetland Sheepdogs 15-25 pounds 15-25 pounds
Shiba Inu 23 pounds 17 pounds
Shih Tzu 9-16 pounds 9-16 pounds
Siberian Huskies 45-60 pounds 35-50 pounds
Silky Terriers around 10 pounds around 10 pounds
Skye Terriers 35-45 pounds slightly lighter
Sloughis 35-50 pounds 35-50 pounds
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 35-40 pounds 30-35 pounds
Spaniels (American Water) 30-45 pounds 25-40 pounds
Spaniels (Boykin) 30-40 pounds 25-35 pounds
Spaniels (Clumber) 70-85 pounds 55-70 pounds
Spaniels (English Cocker) 28-34 pounds 26-32 pounds
Spaniels (English Springer) 50 pounds 40 pounds
Spaniels (Field) 35-50 pounds 35-50 pounds
Spaniels (Irish Water) 55-68 pounds 45-58 pounds
Spaniels (Sussex) 35-45 pounds 35-45 pounds
Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 40-55 pounds 35-50 pounds
Spanish Water Dogs 40-49 pounds 31-40 pounds
Spinoni Italiani 56 pounds 56 pounds
St. Bernards 140-180 pounds 120-140 pounds
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 28-38 pounds 24 to 34 pounds
Standard Schnauzers 35-50 pounds 30-45 pounds
Swedish Vallhunds 20-35 pounds 20-35 pounds
Tibetan Mastiffs 90-150 pounds 70-120 pounds
Tibetan Terriers 18-30 pounds slightly smaller
Tibetan Spaniel 9-15 pounds 9-15 pounds
Toy Fox Terriers 3.5-7 pounds 3.5-7 pounds
Treeing Walker Coonhounds 50-70 pounds 50-70 pounds
Vizslas 55-60 pounds 44-55 pounds
Weimaraners 70-90 pounds 55-75 pounds
Welsh Terriers 20 pounds proportionally smaller
West Highland White Terriers 15-20 pounds 15-20 pounds
Whippets 25-40 pounds 25-40 pounds
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 50-70 pounds 35 and 50 pounds
Wirehaired Vizslas 55-65 pounds 45-55 pounds
Xoloitzcuintli 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard) 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)
Yorkshire Terriers 7 pounds 7 pounds

 

 

How much should my dog weigh?

If you are wondering how much your dog should weigh, you can use a dog weight chart by age and breed. You could also use a dog weight estimator equation to help you determine this answer.

How much will my puppy weigh?

To figure out how much your puppy should weigh, you will want to use a puppy weight chart. Many of these charts will show you how much a dog will weigh as a puppy and how heavy they will be as an adult, as well.

How to tell how big a mixed puppy will get?

If you want to know how big a mixed puppy will get, you should get a dog growth chart. You will want to look at the adult weights for the breeds your dog is. For example, if you have a Shih-Tzu/Jack Russell mix, you will take the adult weight for a Shih-Tzu and the adult weight of a Jack Russell. Then, you will average these two numbers.

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