6 Month Old Labrador – Your Puppy Questions Answered

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Months Old Labradors: What You Should Know About Their Weight?

The average weight of a 6 month old Labrador is between 25-30 pounds (11-14 kilograms). The breed standard specifies that the puppies must weigh at least 10% less than their adult counterparts. So if you have a 9 pound dog, it means that your puppy needs to weigh at least 8 pounds or under.

In general, the bigger the better. A smaller dog will probably not grow up to be as strong and dependable as a larger one. However, they are still very cute and cuddly dogs which you might want to keep around for awhile. They tend to be more affectionate than some other breeds.

What Is The Best Age To Get A New Puppy?

It depends on how much playtime you plan on giving your new pup! If you want a playful puppy, then you need to get him/her when he’s just a few days old. When you take your puppy out for walks and play with them, they’ll learn how to behave properly from the start.

If you’re looking for a reliable companion who will always come home with you no matter what happens, then getting your new puppy when she’s 4 weeks old is ideal. However, at this age they won’t be as playful.

Note: Never get a puppy younger than 8 weeks old. They need to have had their vaccinations before you can take them home!

How Old Are 6 Month Old Labrador Retriever Puppies?

6 month old lab puppies are full of energy and ready to go! Having a small amount of obedience training before getting the dog is always helpful, but they tend to pick up things very quickly.

If you haven’t had your puppy for more than a few weeks, then you might want to wait a little longer before taking them out for a 12 miIe hike and telling them to “wait” at the corner while you browse in a pet store!

However, some people like to have their puppies socialized at an early age. If this sounds like something that you’d like to try out, then go right ahead. Just be sure to watch them carefully around small children and other animals so that they don’t get over-excited or frightened.

The main concern for this age is their eating habits. They need to eat 3-5 small meals a day rather than 1 or 2 big ones, and you should only feed them high quality food such as Hills Science Plan. If you want to give them a treat, then dry dog food is the best option.

How Big Can 6 Month Old Labrador Puppies Get?

As we mentioned above, the average weight of a 6 month old labrador is between 25-30 pounds (11-14 kilograms). The actual size that your dog ends up will depend on a number of factors. If you have a particularly large breed of lab then they may grow to be much heavier than average.

Conversely, if you have a small breed then they will be slighter smaller than average as well. In general, male and female puppies grow at the same rate and to the same size, although some people believe that males grow slightly larger.

The age that your puppy is when you get them can also affect how big they are as an adult. Puppies that you get when they are younger may still grow significantly before they are fully grown.

Some breeders will provide you with the weight of your puppy when they are born, and this can give you an indication of how large they will grow. This weight is usually given in fractions such as “3/4 pound”, “1 pound” and so on. Converting these fractions into pounds will give you an idea of the size that your dog will mature at.

How Much Does A 6 Month Old Labrador Retriever Weigh?

As we mentioned above, the average sized 6 month old labrador will weigh 25-30 pounds (11-14 kilograms). There is quite a large range in this figure, so it’s impossible to say exactly how much your puppy will weigh. It all depends on factors such as the size of the parents and whether you have a male or female.

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For more about how the size of your parents can effect the size of your puppy, please see the below section.

How Big Do Labrador Retrievers Get?

The final and most important question!

Just how big do lab puppies grow?

Well, it varies quite a lot, but as a rough guide a full-grown male will weigh between 70-80 pounds (32-36 kilograms), while a female will weigh between 60-70 pounds (27-32 kilograms). As we mentioned above, the size of your parents will have an effect on the eventual size of your dog, with “larger” breeds tending to produce larger puppies and “smaller” breeds tending to produce smaller puppies.

The average female Labrador Retriever should weigh around 60-75 pounds when fully grown, with the average male weighing between 70-85 pounds.

Of course, these are just average sizes and you may find that your dog grows significantly larger or smaller than these figures. If you’re concerned that your dog may grow too large, make sure you get them from a smaller breed such as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. For larger breeds, Norwegian Elkhounds and Great Pyrenees are great options.

So, to answer the question “How big do Labrador retrievers get?”

We can say that they average between 70-80 pounds for males, and 60-70 pounds for females. There is quite a large range in both of these figures, so you may find that your dog grows slightly larger or smaller than this.

Common Health Problems In Labrador Retrievers

There are a lot of health problems that Labradors can suffer from, but luckily many of them can be avoided with good breeding. There are three types of health tests that Labradors can be put though depending on the country that you are in:

For the UK, the Kennel Club divides health tests into four groups. One to three are mandatory, while group four is optional.

Group One – These tests look for general issues such as hips, knees and eyes.

Group Two – These tests look for neural diseases.

Group Three – These tests look for cardiovascular diseases.

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Group Four – These tests look for issues that only affect individual breeds. For example, blood clotting disorders in the Doberman Pinscher.

In the United States, The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals group all health issues into either major or minor. Major issues are things such as hip dysplasia, while minor ones include skin allergies and inner ear problems.

Thankfully, most Labradors do not suffer from any of these conditions. However, it is important that you find out the breeding of your pup before you buy them so that you can see what issues they are prone to. For example, if you get a female from relatively recent working line blood, it is likely that she may suffer from hip dysplasia. If you get a male from show lines, he may suffer from elbow dysplasia.

If you want to learn more about the conditions listed above, we have written in-depth articles on them here on Everything Labs.

Labradors are also prone to certain behavioral issues. While these are never directly related to health, they can have a huge effect on the wellbeing of your dog and therefore should be addressed when considering whether or not you should get a Labrador. The main ones that seem especially prominent in Labs are Hunting and Separation Anxiety. You can learn more about these issues and how to specifically treat them here on Everything Labs.

For other, more minor health issues that your Labrador may experience, you should simply make sure that you brush their teeth frequently and give them a large amount of chew toys so they don’t end up with painful toothaches that need veterinary attention. Make sure you take them to the vet if the toothache persists for more than a day or so.

We hope you have found this guide useful and that you have learned a thing or two about whether a Labrador is the right dog for you.

If you still have concerns over whether this is the right breed for you, we highly recommend that you look at other breeds. Everything Labs has an in-depth comparison of other breeds so that you can weigh up pros and cons of each particular type of dog before making your final decision.

If you are absolutely sure that a Labrador is the right dog for you, we have many other pages of information to help you prepare for your new dog!

Good luck!

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