What should my puppy weigh?

Puppy weight can be the difference between good health and poor health of your pet. Excessive pet weight can be a sign of diabetes, heart and lung diseases, skin conditions and different types of cancer.

And if a dog’s weight plummets, it can also signify a health problem.

The Veterinary Expert recommends that newborn puppies are weighed every 24 hours - but how much should a puppy weigh and how does your pet’s weight change as adulthood is reached?


What should your puppy weigh?

How much a puppy should weigh depends on the size and breed of dog, and the age of your pet.

Between birth and nine months, small, medium and large dogs will all experience a significant growth stage, which will mean weight will increase sharply during this period.

After nine months, small, medium and large dogs will all reach - or get close to reaching - their ultimate weight. However giant dogs will continue to increase weight significantly after this. The largest dogs, such as English Mastiff or Saint Bernards, on average will weigh 60kg after 9 months, but after two years this can increase to 75kg.

You can find out more about how much your puppy should weigh by trying out this puppy weight chart.


How much do different dog breeds weigh?

Puppy weight and dog weight will vary depending on the breed of dog. An adult chihuahua or Yorkshire terrier are unlikely to weigh more than 4kg. However, for a great dane can weigh up to 82kg.

You can find out how much your dog breed will weigh in this guide to a fit and healthy dog.


What should you do to control puppy weight?

Weigh out pet food: Veterinary surgeons recommend pet food is weighed out to avoid overfeeding for some time.

Susan Dawson from the  British Small Animal Veterinary Association has said: “All companion animals deserve a nutritionally balanced diet. In fact, it is a requirement of the Animal Welfare Act. Of course it is tempting to give too many treats and easy forget to weigh food out, but obesity can cause serious health and welfare problems for animals.”

Weigh your pet: Less than 10% of pet owners realise their pet is overweight, which means that their quality of life can be affected. By weighing your dog on a regular basis you can spot issues with growth and take appropriate action - whether that is a change to exercise routine or diet, or speaking to your vet for advice.

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