Labradoodle size really depends on the individual dog. However, you can look at both of the parents of your pup to try and predict how big it will be when full grown.
So, how big do labradoodles get? A Standard Labradoodle will weigh between 55 and 90 pounds, and they typically grow to be about 24 to 26 inches in height. A Miniature Labradoodle tends to be a lot smaller ranging in weight between 12 and 80 pounds with a height somewhere between 10 to 24 inches. And a Medium Labradoodle will fall in between the Standard and Miniature Labradoodle sizes.
A hybrid breed, the Labradoodle is basically the result of breeding a purebred Labrador and a purebred Poodle together. Breeders differentiate the Labradoodle into three adult sizes that include the Standard, Medium, and Miniature. How large the size of the Poodle that is bred will impact the size of your adult Labradoodle greatly. And it might not be in the way that you expect.
With Standard Labradoodles, the Poodle parent that is bred will be a Standard Poodle. With a Miniature Labradoodle, the Poodle parent will be a miniature Poodle. However, a Medium Labradoodle can be the result of either pairing.
History of the Labradoodle Breed
The hybrid breed started in Australia in the 1980s. It was the result of a blind woman needing a guide dog, but her husband was very allergic. She searched for a hypoallergenic dog (a low-shedding dog breed) that her husband wouldn’t be allergic to that would also help her get around. Thus, the Labradoodle was born. Making incredible service dogs, Labradoodle is loved as family pets for their non-shedding coats, cute appearance, smart, intuitive, and friendly personality.
What Size Is A Labradoodle Puppy?
Labradoodle puppies may range in size within the same litter. This is the result of the size of each of the parent dogs as well as what generation breeding program that the puppy is coming from. A two-month-old Standard Labradoodle puppy will typically weigh somewhere between seven and 12 pounds. By one year, these same puppies can weigh up to 80 pounds all depending on how large each parent dog is.
In comparison, a Miniature Labradoodle puppy can weigh only four to seven pounds when they are two months, but by one year, they can weigh between 30 and 45 pounds depending on each of the parent dog’s sizes. When estimating how large Medium Labradoodle puppies will be, you will need to learn as much as possible about the breeding pair, particularly if the Poodle parent is a Miniature or Standard Poodle.
Now that you know how much a Labradoodle puppy can weigh, let’s talk about how fast he will grow. You can actually find a puppy growth calculator online that you can use along with these guides. First, find out the breed size of each of the puppy’s parents and your Labradoodle puppy’s exact weight. Next, take your pup’s weight when he is four months old, double the weight amount, and add 10 pounds to it.
Other formulas you can use:
Your puppy’s weight when he is two months old is usually one-quarter of his estimated adult weight.
Your puppy’s weight when he is four months old is usually one-half of his estimated weight as an adult.
While being a puppy is just a short time in a dog’s life, it’s pretty critical as far as his overall health throughout his lifetime. Remember that these handy formulas can give you an idea of what your puppy will weigh when he grows up, you will still need to take him to checkups and weigh-ins by your veterinarian.
To keep your medium or miniature puppy’s growth moderated, so it isn’t too fast or too slow, choose a puppy food that has a formula that is intended for smaller breed dogs. If you have a standard-sized puppy, then you will want a puppy food that has a formula for large and medium-breed dogs. Your vet will be able to help you assess the weight of your puppy at every stage of the quickly evolving puppy growth process, which will help if you need to adjust your portion sizes.
Average Adult Labradoodle Dog Breed Size
In adulthood, the size of a Labradoodle can vary depending on the dog’s gender. Typically, an adult male will tend to outweigh an adult female by 10 to 15 pounds. But this isn’t always the case. There are other factors that may influence an adult Labradoodle’s weight including food type and birth order as well as heath as a puppy, feeding schedule, and activity level.
The largest possible impact on your puppy’s future adult size will actually be how large each of his parents is. Remember that the more uniformity in size that there is between each of his parents, the easier it will be to accurately predict your puppy’s size as an adult.
When you breed hybrid dogs, there will always be some uncertainly about their size due to the genetics involved. The reason for this is that due to the makeup of hybrid dog breeding in and of itself. When you combine two varying sets of dog genes, you can’t predict precisely how each of the gene sets will influence any of the puppies in the litter. As an example, when breeding Labradoodles, it’s possible that some of the puppies that are in a hybrid litter will grow up to act and look like Labrador Retrievers and the other puppies will grow up to act and look like Poodles.
You will find that there are several types of breeding programs for Labradoodles. With some programs, there will be a larger amount of uncertainly as far as genetics than with other programs. This is a simple overview of different breeding programs to illustrate the genetic uncertainty that comes with breeding a Labradoodle:
F1: With this breeding program, you will have a breeding pair that includes a purebred Poodle and a purebred Labrador.
F1b: In this program, the breeding pair includes a purebred Labrador or a purebred Poodle as well as one parent that is an F1 Labradoodle.
F2: This breeding program pairs a couple of F1 Labradoodles.
F2b: With this breeding program, the pair includes an F1 Labradoodle and an F1b Labradoodle.
Multi-generational, or F3 and later: These breeding programs feature generations where a Labradoodle puppy’s closest purebred Labrador and Poodle relative is a great grandparent or even farther back.
Choosing Your Labradoodle
For anyone that wants a specific size of Labradoodle when he is fully grown, it’s recommended that you should find a multi-generational Labradoodle breeder to help you. It can also help to meet the parent dogs to see if there are any possible size variances in the adult dogs before you make a commitment regarding a puppy.
For those primarily looking to have a non-shedding or hypoallergenic puppy, you are best off bringing home a multi-generational or an F1b Labradoodle that has a high amount of Poodle lineage. Again, meeting the parent dogs will help you to decide the potential variances once your dog reaches adulthood.
Here are two examples that can give you a better idea of how size differences can happen. Remember, that it can even happen with Labradoodle puppies in the same litter.
Standard Labradoodle Size Variance
First, let’s take a look at size variances in Standard Labradoodles.
Let’s say in this pairing the adult Lab parent will typically weigh about 75 pounds while the adult Poodle parent weighs about 40 pounds. In theory, this pairing will create more of a size variance with the litter it creates than a pairing where the poodle weighs around 70 pounds.
Miniature Labradoodle Size Variance
With the case of miniature Labradoodle size, you can have a Lab parent dog that weighs about 80 pounds and a miniature Poodle that weighs around 15 pounds. Obviously, this pairing will create a lot of size variances.
When you consider it, it’s understandable that there may be a lot of size variances when you are in an early breeding program. However, when you get to later breeding programs, you will have an easier time predicting the size that a puppy will grow into.
The following are the average, typical size range for adult Labradoodles in the three different size groups.
Labradoodle Average Height
A Miniature Labradoodle has a size range between 14 and 16 inches measuring from his paw to his shoulder.
A Medium Labradoodle has a size range between 17 and 20 inches measuring from his paw to his shoulder.
And a Standard Labradoodle has a size range between 21 and 24 inches measuring from his paw to his shoulder.
Are Labradoodles good pets?
Loving, gentle, and sociable dogs, Labradoodles are a great addition to a family. Great with kids, when a Labradoodle is socialized as a puppy, they will be able to adapt to pretty much any situation they are put in. They are great dogs for outdoor activities and are happiest when they receive a lot of exercises, so your kids will have fun with them in the backyard.
Easy to train, Labradoodles love to please their owners by learning quickly and responding well to instructions that are clear. They behave best when their lives are structured and can get into trouble if you leave them alone a lot, which is something to keep in mind if you’re planning to set up an invisible dog fence in your yard. They also love to be close to you and will end up on your lap if you aren’t careful.
Labradoodles love to play fetch and will do so to the point of exhaustion. This family-friendly dog is pretty strong and able to switch gears quickly. Labradoodles also love begging for table scraps and require tons of attention but are otherwise well-adjusted, healthy, and happy family dogs.
Do Labradoodles bark excessively?
As with most dogs, it really depends on what is happening or the specific situation. If your Labradoodle feels ignored or neglected, it’s possible he will bark to get your attention. But, overall, Labradoodles really do not bark that much. And whatever barking does happen is simple to control. Some dogs do bark out of boredom or frustration and others barely bark at all. Just remember that how much a dog barks often is the result of breeding.
Is a Labradoodle a large or medium breed?
A cross between either a toy, miniature, or standard poodle with a Labrador Retriever, a Labradoodle is also called a Labrador Poodle Mix. A Miniature Labradoodle is a small dog while the Medium and Standard Labradoodle are medium to large dogs that can stand as much as 24 inches tall and 65 pounds.
Are Labradoodles high maintenance?
Typically, a Labradoodle requires a moderate amount of maintenance. This breed is eager to please and very intelligent making them affectionate, easy to train, and sociable. But a Labradoodle also has a high level of energy and may be prone to suffering from separation anxiety. Plus, the grooming requirements of a Labradoodle can be considered high maintenance.