Golden Retriever Size Chart
The size of your dog will depend on several factors such as breed, age, health status, activity level and other physical characteristics. If you are considering getting a puppy or adult dog from any breeder then it is very important to get their opinion on how big they think your dog should be before making a final decision. A good way to do this is through a blood test which measures the dogs body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a measure of a dogs overall fatness and can give you an idea about what size dog you might want to buy.
A healthy adult male Golden Retriever weighs between 7-10 pounds while females weigh between 5-7 pounds. Most breeds tend towards one end or the other but some have a little bit of extra bulk at certain weights. This means that if you were to get a puppy from them, they would probably be too heavy for your taste!
If you are looking for a specific breed then here is a list of all the most popular ones:
American Bulldog – 10-12 lbs. American Cocker Spaniel – 12-14 lbs. Australian Terrier – 14-16 lbs. Basenji – 16-18 lbs. Belgian Shepherd Dog – 18-20 lbs.
Bloodhound – 20-22lbs. Border Terrier – 16-18 lbs. Boston Terrier – 18-20 lbs. Briard – 22-26 lbs. Bull Terrier – 10-12 lbs. Cairn Terrier – 12-14 lbs. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 12-16 lbs. Chihuahua – 4-8 lbs. Chinese Crested – 6-12 lbs. Dachshund – 8-12 lbs. Dalmatian – 16-22 lbs. English Setter – 20-30 lbs. English Springer Spaniel – 22-26 lbs. Fox Terrier (Smooth) – 12-16 lbs. German Pinscher – 16-18 lbs. Golden Retriever – 60-90 lbs. Havanese – 6-12lbs. Irish Water Spaniel – 22-26 lbs. Italian Greyhound – 8-10 lbs. Jack Russell Terrier – 8-12 lbs. Lhasa Apso – 12-16 lbs. Maltese – 6-9 lbs. Miniature Pinscher – 8-12 lbs. Miniature Schnauzer – 12-14 lbs. Newfoundland – 100-150 lbs. Norwegian Elkhound – 24-30 lbs. Papillon – 6-8 lbs. Pekingese – 12-16 lbs. Pomeranian – 4-8 lbs. Poodle (Standard) – 20-30 lbs. Poodle (Toy) – 6-10 lbs. Pug – 12-16 lbs. Puli – 18-24 lbs. Rhodesian Ridgeback – 50-70 lbs. Rottweiler – 70-100 lbs. Saint Bernard – 180-230 lbs. Saluki – 16-20 lbs. Samoyed – 18-26 lbs. Schnauzer (Giant) – 50-70 lbs. Scottish Deerhound – 18-26 lbs. Scottish Terrier – 16-22 lbs. Shiba Inu – 16-24 lbs. Shih Tzu – 6-14 lbs. Siberian Husky – 30-40 lbs. Tibetan Terrier – 8-12 lbs. Vizsla – 24-32 lbs. Weimaraner – 60-75 lbs. Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – 18-26 lbs. Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) – 30-50 lbs. West Highland White Terrier – 12-16 lbs. Whippet – 24-30 lbs. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon – 22-26 lbs. Yorkshire Terrier – 6-10 lbs.
These are just some of the most popular dog breeds in the world and as you will have noticed, there are a lot of different weights that they come in. As long as you are aware of how much your dog should weigh and you can ensure that they have a healthy diet plan then there is no reason why you can’t teach them to walk nicely on a leash.
How Much Does Your Dog Weigh?
If you already own a dog then you will know roughly how much it weighs. If not, then try going to a local vet and asking them to weigh it for you. This might seem a little strange but as vets need to weigh dogs regularly, they will have the necessary equipment and experience to do it safely. Just make sure that you are there with your dog so you can explain to them what you are looking for.
Once you have weighed your dog, you can find out exactly how much it should weigh according to the list above. This will give you a target to aim for and you can slowly get your dog’s weight into the healthy zone.
Exercising Your Dog
The next step is teaching your dog how much exercise they should be doing each day. If you have done your research on dog breeds, then you will know that different ones require different levels of exercise. For example, a high energy dog like a Labrador needs a lot more exercise than a lazy one like a Dachshund.
This doesn’t just mean walking though. Dogs are really good at finding things to do and can get bored very easily if they have nothing to do. This is when they can start getting into trouble or develop some undesirable habits like chewing on your favorite pair of expensive shoes!
Now you need to think about what you want to get out of your dog.
Do you want it to be a show dog that wins a lot of prizes or do you just want a friendly companion that can do a few tricks?
Depending on your goals, you need to plan what exercise regime is going to work best.
Just remember there is no such thing as a dumb dog, but there are plenty of lazy owners. Don’t think that just because your dog is small that it doesn’t require as much exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog!
A Few Extra Pointers
When you get your dog, consider getting it micro-chipped. This is a tiny chip inserted under the skin of your dog that says it’s name and your contact details. If it ever gets lost or stolen, this makes it much easier to get it back as long as someone finds it and takes it to a vet to read the chip.
If you have neighbors near you, make sure you chat to them about your new dog. Especially tell them if it is a chewer, runner or biter as these are the things that cause most problems with neighbors. Make sure they know how to approach your dog and what it likes and doesn’t like.
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