A big Labradoodle will most often have two large parents. It is hard to predict the adult size of your Labradoodle puppy, but choosing puppies with two large parents increases your chances of getting a large dog. At their largest, Labradoodles can be around 65-80 lbs, standing at about 24 inches. But, it’s more common to find Labradoodles that are slightly smaller.
To increase your chances of getting a big Labradoodle, choose a male puppy who has two large parents.
How Big Do Labradoodles Get?
The size of an adult Labradoodle will depend on a lot of factors. For instance: their generation (f1, f2, f2b, etc), the size of their parents, the amount they eat, their neuter status, and more. And, whilst purebred dogs have been long standardized to have quite predictable traits, like height and healthy adult weight, the same isn’t as true of Labradoodles. Many Labradoodles you encounter for sale will be f1 puppies, or first generation. This means they have two purebred parents, and so their traits can be quite unpredictable.
Labradoodles in general are medium to large dogs. They will usually fall somewhere in between the sizes of their parents, so if you have an opportunity to meet both, you can get a good idea of your puppy’s adult size. If not, you can consider the size boundaries for Poodles and Labradors.
Poodles are usually smaller and less stocky than Labradors. But, Labradoodles can take after either parent. Purebred Standard Poodles can be any height over 15 inches (most often somewhere from 18 to 24 inches), weighing between 40 and 70 lbs. Labradors are usually between 21.5 and 24.5 inches tall, weighing from 55 to 80 lbs. So, at its largest, a Labradoodle may be around 24 inches tall, weighing as much as 80 lbs.
What Counts as a Big Labradoodle?
The Australian Labradoodle is a variety of Labradoodle which actually includes genetic influence from 6 purebred breeds. Australian Labradoodle breeders are working hard to achieve official recognition for the breed. Australian Doodles come in three generally accepted sizes, the biggest of which is a Standard Labradoodle. This variety will be between 21 and 24 inches tall, weighing up to 65 lbs.
American Labradoodles are more often a mix between a purebred Poodle and purebred Labrador. These puppies have the potential to be even bigger than a Standard Labradoodle. The biggest puppies could be just over 24 inches high, weighing as much as 80lbs if they favor their Lab parent’s stockiness.
But, as a general guide, a big Labradoodle will be over 20 inches tall, weighing over 50 lbs.
Big vs Overweight Labradoodles
It’s important to note here that you shouldn’t just feed your Labradoodle more if you want them to be bigger. Labradoodle puppies and adults need a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet to stay healthy and grow properly. Labradors are a breed prone to obesity, so there’s a chance Labradoodle puppies will be similarly food motivated. Obesity is linked to a number of health conditions, and can worsen many health problems common in this mix. So, you should strive to keep your Doodle at a healthy weight for their height. Speak to your vet if you’re unsure about what this is.
Predicting Labradoodle Size
Predicting a Labradoodle puppy’s adult size can be quite tough, because there are so many factors that can influence it. And, you won’t know which parent your puppy will favor the most until they’re fully grown.
As a general idea, most puppies will grow up to be somewhere in between the size of their parents. So, if you want a big Labradoodle, choose a puppy that has two large parents. Male dogs are usually larger than females, so pick a male puppy.
Labradoodles typically take up to two years to reach their adult size. But, if a Labradoodle is neutered before they reach their adult size, they may grow larger than expected. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, as it can increase your dog’s likelihood of joint issues, so don’t neuter your dog early simply to get a larger dog. The best way to get a large Labradoodle is to choose one born by two large parents.
How Big Do Mini Labradoodles Get?
Mini Labradoodles are the smallest version of this mix available. Many are achieved by breeding a Labrador with a Miniature Poodle – but these dogs still have the potential to be quite large. If they favour their Labrador parent, they could reach similar sizes to a standard Labradoodle. A first generation mini Labradoodle will often be larger than a later generation mix, as breeders will usually breed smaller parents together to achieve smaller puppies over time.
According to the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, Miniature Labradoodles will be anywhere between 14 and 16 inches. Their weight will usually be from 15 to 25 lbs.
How Big Do Australian Labradoodles Get?
Australian Labradoodles contain genetic influence from over 6 different breeds, not just the Poodle and Labrador. Most Australian Labradoodles have been standardized over generations, and breeders adhere to strict breed standards set by the ALAA, or the relevant association in their country.
There are three generally accepted sizes of Australian Labradoodle: Miniature, Medium, and Standard. Standard is the biggest Australian Labradoodle size available. They will grow between 21 and 24 inches tall, weighing from 50 to 65 lbs.
Finding Big Labradoodle Puppies
If your heart is set on getting a large Labradoodle dog, your best bet is to look for either a Standard Labradoodle, or a Labradoodle puppy who has large parents. Choose a male puppy, as they grow larger than females on average. And, make sure your puppy receives a healthy nutritious diet throughout the first two years of their life, for optimal growth.
Choosing a reputable breeder is still important, especially since there are some health conditions tied to large does, like joint issues and bloat. Speak to your breeder about the type of puppy you want, and they may be able to make suggestions based on their experience of breeding puppies.
Big Labradoodles – A Conclusion
Labradoodles aren’t giant dogs, but they can grow to be quite large. To get the biggest Labradoodle possible, choose a puppy with large parents and give them the healthiest puppy-hood possible!
Do you have a larger than average Labradoodle at home? Or are you searching for a puppy with the hopes they’ll grow into a large Doodle?
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