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      Ideal weight

      Is there a such thing as ideal correct weight for labs? I was shocked to find out our 7 1/2 month old weighs 65lbs! The vet said he is in perfect condition and looks great. If anything, I always thought he may be a bit underweight by looking at home prior to bringing him in.
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      Quote Originally Posted by EGrant23 View Post
      Is there a such thing as ideal weight for labs? I was shocked to find out our 7 1/2 month old weighs 65lbs! If anything, I always thought he may be a bit underweight. We may have a bigger lab on our hands!
      Welcome fellow Minneapolis person.

      How big were your pups parents? There is every size lab on this board, 40lbs something through maybe even +110lbs. My pup is very much on tract to be a very similar but a little bit taller and lighter than his dad, but not far off. And my yellow girl was harder to predict as her parents were very different sizes, small and petite, and tall and lanky .... so I didn't know what I was going to get until she was fully grown (she is just bigger than petite, so took after mom vs dad).

      The rule of thumb is you want to easily be able to feel their ribs without seeing them when they are standing still and straight. But as for weight, no such thing as a standard weight for a lab.

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      Some Labs are thinner, some are stocky.

      How big was he at 4 months? That should give you an idea of his adult weight.

      In my experience, field Labs typically don't fill out as much, so there is not a big difference between the time they top out height-wise and mature completely, at least not relative to a conformation bred Lab. But, every dog is different.

      Seems that 65 lbs at 7 1/2 months is fairly typical if the dog is going to be within the standard weight at 80 lbs or so.

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      idea weight will really depend on each individual dog. there is no "right number" just a good body shape. (or not)

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      Lab weights are all over the place, ive seen females as small as 55 pounds and males that weigh over 100. I have a petite female who is 24 pounds at 15 weeks and my now 7 year old female was 10 pounds heavier at that age

      If his body condition is good, don't worry about it. You should be able to feel his ribs with light pressure

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      Thanks for all the replies! Here is a picture of the tired boy right now
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      Age and body condition are factors. We are keeping Oban at a lean 66 to 68 pounds to spare his bad elbow. But before he got sick he was up to 82 pounds. That was a bit too heavy, I could see it, but no one would ever have said he was fat as it was after a winter of cross country skiing and he was fit and muscled.

      IN the U.S. and Canada we have weights in our standards. They are working weights, working is not defined and the weight is not measured, as far as I know. And, while our standards state the same heights the weights for boys are different.

      AKC

      Size, Proportion and Substance: Size-The height at the withers for a dog is 22½ to 24½ inches;for a bitch is 21½ to 23½ inches. Any variance greater than ½ inch above or below these heightsis a disqualification. Approximate weight of dogs and bitches in working condition: dogs 65 to80 pounds; bitches 55 to 70 pounds. The minimum height ranges set forth in the paragraph aboveshall not apply to dogs or bitches under twelve months of age.
      FRom: http://images.akc.org/pdf/breeds/sta...721.1453334632

      CKC

      Size: Ideal height at withers: Dogs 22 ½ - 24 ½ inches (57 - 62 cm);Bitches 21 ½ - 23 ½ inches (54 -60 cm). Weight commensurate withheight and with the breed’s function as a medium sized, powerful,active retriever. Approximate weights: Dogs 60-80 lbs (27.27-36.36kilos); Bitches 55-75 lbs (25-34.09 kilos).
      From: https://www.ckc.ca/en/Files/Forms/Sh...iever-Labrador

      Hmmm, I don't see the working condition qualification in the CKC standard. Maybe I'm nuts but I thought it was there as well as in AKC.

      HMMM again. I could swear the last time I looked this up dog weight in Canada was 60 to 75 lbs.

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      I found Mocha's puppy chart.

      10 weeks - 22 pounds
      14 weeks - 40 pounds
      18 weeks - 58 pounds
      22 weeks - 68 pounds

      He's gotten as high as 116 pounds - too much. He's now 2 1/2 years old and 98 pounds and looks good. He's also 28" tall at the withers. So, he's a tall boy. You can feel his ribs without too much trouble

      People will say "Wow, he's a big dog". No, he's just Mocha.

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      Bacon is 75 lbs, his parents were 85lbs and 65lbs. It really depends on your pup. Look at his ribs, if you can see them, too thin. If you can feel them easily, perfect. If you have to push to feel them, too heavy.
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      There is no "ideal" weight. That's why it's best to get used to doing the rib test to check.
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