How Many Pounds a Week Do Labrador Puppies Gain.?

my puppy is 10 lbs at 7 weeks, or 1 and 3 weeks old. (i think)
i just really don’t want to do math.
how many pounds should he gain every month?

Every lab is different, and it depends on what you want with your dog.
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At birth, a Labrador puppy from average parents and an average litter (6 puppies) weighs about 1 pound or less. During the first 8 weeks of its life the puppy gains about 2 pounds a week. An 8 week old Labrador puppy weighs between 11 and 17 pounds. From 8 weeks to 26 weeks (6 months) this growth proceeds in about the same way - an average six month old Labrador weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. Dogs are heavier than bitches. After the age of 26 weeks the growth slows down. When your Labrador is one year old, the weight will be 65 to 80 pounds for dogs and 55 to 70 pounds for bitches. Between the age of one year and three years they gain another 5 to 10 pounds.
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The best way to judge what your Labrador should weigh is to estimate if his weight is appropriate for him. As a Labrador breeder, I like to see some "bone" in my Labradors, and since thrifty feeding during the first six months often is at the expense of the "bone", I like to see some "puppy fat" in my puppies. This puppy fat disappears at adolescence, it serves as a source of energy and it cushions and insulates vital organs.
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Start just by looking at your puppy from the side. If you don’t see any ribs at all, you slightly stroke from front to back over his ribcage and feel for the ribs. If you can feel them with a light touch, your puppy’s weight is perfect. If you need more pressure to feel the ribs, he is overweight and it would be better to cut back a little on his food.
If your puppy is older than six months and you want a healthy working dog, you should be able to see the outline of his last 2 to 3 ribs while he is growing but you shouldn’t see more than 5 or 6 ribs. This would be an acceptable weight for a working dog, also when he’s an adult. If you can see most of his ribs, you need to feed him more. Sadly enough, the ideal weight for a show dog is 9 to 18 pounds more than the ideal weight for a working dog.
Judging your Lab’s weight this way ensures that it is right for him and not just right for the average member of the breed. It is almost always possible to adjust the feeding schedule to ensure proper weight in a puppy fed primarily dog food. It can be harder if he is getting treats, snacks, or has access to outside food sources like the neighbours.

You can use feeding formula and schedules, but it’s still better to use the sight and feel method to make sure that your particular puppy is not too fat or too thin.

Regards,
Mike

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3 Responses to “How Many Pounds a Week Do Labrador Puppies Gain.?”

  1. mike says:

    Every lab is different, and it depends on what you want with your dog.
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    At birth, a Labrador puppy from average parents and an average litter (6 puppies) weighs about 1 pound or less. During the first 8 weeks of its life the puppy gains about 2 pounds a week. An 8 week old Labrador puppy weighs between 11 and 17 pounds. From 8 weeks to 26 weeks (6 months) this growth proceeds in about the same way - an average six month old Labrador weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. Dogs are heavier than bitches. After the age of 26 weeks the growth slows down. When your Labrador is one year old, the weight will be 65 to 80 pounds for dogs and 55 to 70 pounds for bitches. Between the age of one year and three years they gain another 5 to 10 pounds.
    .
    The best way to judge what your Labrador should weigh is to estimate if his weight is appropriate for him. As a Labrador breeder, I like to see some "bone" in my Labradors, and since thrifty feeding during the first six months often is at the expense of the "bone", I like to see some "puppy fat" in my puppies. This puppy fat disappears at adolescence, it serves as a source of energy and it cushions and insulates vital organs.
    .
    Start just by looking at your puppy from the side. If you don’t see any ribs at all, you slightly stroke from front to back over his ribcage and feel for the ribs. If you can feel them with a light touch, your puppy’s weight is perfect. If you need more pressure to feel the ribs, he is overweight and it would be better to cut back a little on his food.
    If your puppy is older than six months and you want a healthy working dog, you should be able to see the outline of his last 2 to 3 ribs while he is growing but you shouldn’t see more than 5 or 6 ribs. This would be an acceptable weight for a working dog, also when he’s an adult. If you can see most of his ribs, you need to feed him more. Sadly enough, the ideal weight for a show dog is 9 to 18 pounds more than the ideal weight for a working dog.
    Judging your Lab’s weight this way ensures that it is right for him and not just right for the average member of the breed. It is almost always possible to adjust the feeding schedule to ensure proper weight in a puppy fed primarily dog food. It can be harder if he is getting treats, snacks, or has access to outside food sources like the neighbours.

    You can use feeding formula and schedules, but it’s still better to use the sight and feel method to make sure that your particular puppy is not too fat or too thin.

    Regards,
    Mike
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  2. Andrea A says:

    Probably about 1-2 lbs a week
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  3. Tiffany says:

    there’s no such thing as a growth chart for labradors since their weight can be from 45lbs to 100lbs. every lab is different. here’s two growth charts from two different labs for you to look at. but remember, that your lab is unique, and only time will tell how big he’ll get.

    Dakota
    7w – 10.5 lbs
    7m – 50.6 lbs
    12m – 83.4 lbs
    14m – 83.4 lbs
    15m – 82.9 lbs
    16m – 82.9 lbs
    19m – 85.2 lbs
    20m – 88.3 lbs
    21m – 85.4 lbs
    2yr – 80.6 lbs
    2yr – 82.7 lbs
    Today (~3yr) – 80.6 lbs

    Cheyenne
    5w – 8.5 lbs
    9w – 11.4 lbs
    11w – 16.6 lbs
    12w – 16.6 lbs
    13w – 16.6 lbs
    15w – 27.2 lbs
    19w – 34.8 lbs
    6m – 45.1 lbs
    7m – 56.0 lbs
    8m – 63.4 lbs
    9m – 63.4 lbs
    10m – 66.4 lbs
    11m – 66.4 lbs
    12m – 66.4 lbs
    13m – 71.8 lbs
    15m – 71.3 lbs
    16m – 71.3 lbs
    18m – 66.1 lbs
    19m – 66.1 lbs
    21m – 74.2 lbs
    23m – 72.3 lbs
    Today (2yr) – 70.8 lbs
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