One of the most popular hybrid puppies is the Labradoodle, a combination of a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. Why is this dog breed sought after by families looking for a puppy? The Labradoodle is extremely intelligent, loyal, friendly, and loving, not to mention adorably cute. Originally bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the Labradoodle is now an in-demand breed that fits in well with all families, including and especially children. But what about the size of a Labradoodle? How big do Labradoodles get, and can they accommodate various living spaces?
An Introduction to Labradoodle Sizes
Like a cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle, the size of a Labradoodle will depend on the size of the Poodle used during the first generation breeding of the dogs. For example, a first-generation standard Poodle will have larger offspring than a first-generation miniature Poodle. The result is a wide variation in breed sizes, even within the same litter!
While it is hard to determine exactly how big Labradoodles get, the breed’s size categories can help you and your family find a puppy who will grow to fit the size of your home while stealing your heart. There are four Labradoodle sizes: Micro (Teacup), Miniature (Toy), Medium, and Standard. Let’s take a closer look at each size to find the best Labradoodle for you.
The Micro (Teacup)
The Micro or Teacup Labradoodle is the smallest size of this breed. Typically, a Micro Labradoodle grows between 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder and 8 to 15 pounds. These dogs are so small that you can easily carry them under your arm or in your hands; they often resemble a teddy bear. This size Labradoodle is ideal for small living spaces such as apartments or condominiums.
The only drawback to this adorably tiny and cute dog is the potential hereditary health problems associated with them. Micro Labradoodles are more susceptible to genetic abnormalities and conditions like seizures, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular illnesses. This breed size is also prone to a shorter lifespan.
The Miniature (Toy)
The Miniature or Toy Labradoodle is slightly larger than the Micro, with dogs in this category growing to a height of 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 15 and 25 pounds. Like the Micro, the Miniature Labradoodle resembles a teddy bear toy and is no larger than a computer monitor.
The Miniature Labradoodle is a small enough dog to work well with any living space, particularly in compact environments. Pup parents must understand that the Mini Labradoodle still requires regular walks outside to keep their energy levels calm while they are inside.
A medium Labradoodle weighs anywhere from 26 to 40 pounds and can grow as tall as 20 inches at the shoulder. This size Labradoodle is perhaps the most recognizable member of the breed and tends to fill that sweet spot between a small and large Labradoodle dog. Female Labradoodles tend to run smaller than males, so you may want to select a female puppy if you are worried about a medium Labradoodle’s adult size.
Medium-sized Labradoodles aren’t large enough to knock you over, but they have plenty of energy and need to exercise regularly. This size is perfect for walks around the neighborhood, trips to the dog park, or a brisk jog or hike. While medium Labradoodles can live happily in smaller homes or apartments, they will need more exercise outside than a smaller pup to burn off excess energy.
The largest Labradoodle is the Standard size, which grows up to 24 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 75 pounds. Fully grown Standard Labradoodles are usually around 60 pounds, classifying this size as a large breed dog.
As the biggest of this breed’s sizes, the Standard Labradoodle requires lots of exercise and room to run, making it a difficult dog to have in a small condo or apartment. Fenced yards are recommended for a Standard to allow the dog space to run, play, and interact with you and your family. Labradoodles excel at chasing tennis balls and performing zoomies, and an enclosed but large space is ideal for this breed to exercise.
What About Labradoodle Puppy Growth?
How big do Labradoodles get from when they are puppies? How quickly do those puppies grow? All puppies tend to grow fast within the first few months of life, and the Labradoodle, n matter the size, is no exception. You can expect that your Labradoodle puppy will weigh somewhere between 4 and 12 pounds by the time she is two months old.
Generally, at the two-month mark, the amount your puppy weighs represents about one-quarter of your puppy’s estimated adult weight; at four months, the weight represents one-half of your puppy’s estimated adult weight. Most Labradoodles are at 95% of their full weight around 10 to 11 months of age. Between 12 and 18 months, your Labradoodle puppy will finish her growth into an adult dog.
This guide gives you a general idea of how big Labradoodles can get, but it’s never possible to predict a dog’s full-grown size with certainty in hybrid breeds. Speak with your potential puppy’s breeders about the puppy’s heredity and her parents’ size to get a better idea of how big your Labradoodle may get. Err on the side of caution when choosing a puppy, and make sure she will grow up in a space that fits her size and helps her go from a happy, healthy puppy to an even happier and healthier adult. You can find Labradoodle Puppies For Sale at Preferable Pups.