Have you ever wondered when your dogs stop growing? Of course you have (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article)!
Many of us dog owners wonder about this. After all, part of us wishes our beloved fur babies will never stop being a puppy.
Unfortunately, however, we can’t stop our furry little ones from growing up so this is just something we have to deal with.
So, How About It? When Do Dogs Stop Growing?
Well, there isn?t exactly a formula to find out just when our dogs stop growing. It varies from dog to dog.
When answering this question, knowing the dog’s breed is a key consideration.
Usually, small dog breeds such as Chihuahuas reach their full size by around 10 months old to 1 years of age.
For small to medium sized dog breeds such as beagles, mini schnauzers and toy poodles, for instance, reach their maximum growth size by around 12 to 15 months of age.
And what about those medium to large sized dog breeds such as Labradors, Retrievers, Boxers, and Border Collies stop growing by the time they reach 18 months of age. They typically achieve their full body weight by around 2 years old.
Lastly, we have the giant dog breeds such as Great Danes and Mastiffs who also reach their full growth size by the age of 18 months. However, that doesn?t mean their weight stop increasing at 18 months. Their full body weight can take up to three years!
Again, these are just guidelines, and it still varies from pet to pet.
It is always good to give the vet a visit to know if your dog is at the right size and weight for their age. Their size and weight are also a good indicator of your dog?s health status so it is always best to keep track if they are growing or gaining weight.
Pro tip: it is handy to document all of this information in a notebook which you can later show to your vet. Any changes in your dog?s body should be documented so you and your vet are always up to date on the latest, and most accurate, info about your doggo.