Dog Size Chart: What Size Will My Puppy Become?

In the same way that people come in many shapes and sizes, so do dogs. There are puppies who are so little that they could fit in the palm of your hand and pups that are so big that they would hardly fit in a car. The fact that your four-legged companion is smaller or larger than other dogs of the same breed and size has no impact on your love for them.

Before you can begin the process of selecting the best size for your dog, there are a couple of things you should know. Today, we’re going to conduct a deep dive into dogs of all sizes, and we will ensure that you understand how to measure them correctly!

Dog size

Dog size

A dog size chart can be handy in helping dog owners determine the perfect size of particular breeds for their families and homes. If you’re a first-time dog owner, it’s not uncommon for you to get carried away with the excitement of getting your new pup home and immediately start looking into buying a crate and other necessary items.

Here is a guide to help you figure out what size dog is best for you and your family.

Dog Size Chart

Have you recently taken in a stray dog as a pet? Could you have a dog that mixes several breeds? Are you still curious about the size that my new dog will reach? Stop looking; the chart you’re looking for to measure your puppy’s height and weight is right here. 

The information that follows is based on the typical dimensions and weights. Always measure and weigh your dog since there is a chance that they are taller or heavier than the normal dog. The dog growth chart may also be used as a prediction of the adult size of a puppy; with it, you can determine how large your dog will be after it has reached its full maturity. 🐶

Toy Size

Pomeranian 

Pomeranian

Breed Male ave weight kg Male ave height cm Female ave weight kg Female ave height cm Adult dog neck size cm Adult dog neck size in Recommended Collar
Affenpinscher  27  25  20-28cm  8-11″ 
Brussels Griffon  19  3.5  18  35-46cm  14-18″ 
Chihuahua  2.25  20  2.25  20  20-32cm  8-13″ 
Maltese  2.5  22.5  21  25-36cm  10-14″ 
Miniature Pinscher  3.5  28  3.5  27  20-28cm  8-11″ 
Papillon  2.5  27  24  20-30cm  8-12″ 
Pomeranian  26  1.8  25.5  25-35cm  10-14″ 
Silky Terrier  23  23  25-35cm  10-14″ 
Yorkshire Terrier  3.5  20.5  2.7  18  15-30cm  6-12″ 

Small Size

Bichon Frisé 

Bichon Frisé

Breed Male ave weight kg Male ave height cm Female ave weight kg Female ave height cm Adult dog neck size cm Adult dog neck size in Recommended Collar
Australian Terrier  6.5  25  23  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Beagle  10.5  37  9.5  37  41-46cm  16-18″ 
Bichon Frisé  27  3.5  24  35-46cm  14-18″ 
Border Terrier  6.5  36.5  5.75  32  28-33cm  11-13″ 
Boston Terrier  30  28  28-33cm  12-18″ 
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel  32  28  25-40cm  10-16″  S/M 
Cavapoo  7.5  39  7.5  39  25-41cm  10-16″  S/M 
Cesky Terrier  35  30  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Cockapoo  8.15  31.5  8.15  31.5  24-41cm  10-16″  S/M 
Dachshund  10.5  23.5  23.5  30-41cm  12-16″ 
English Toy Spaniel  25.5  20.5  25-35cm  10-14″ 
German Pinscher  10  47  44  28-33cm  12-18″ 
German Spitz  10  30  28  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Jack Russell Terrier  7.3  27.5  7.3  27.5  35-36cm  10-14″ 
Japanese Chin  4.5  25  24  25-35cm  10-14″  S/M 
Japanese Spitz  33  31  28-33cm  11-13″  S/M 
Kooikerhondje  10  40  35  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Lancashire Heeler  6.5  30  28  35-36cm  10-14″ 
Lhasa Apso  28  25  30-40cm  12-16″  S/M 
Miniature Poodle  31  28  25-40cm  10-16″  S/M 
Miniature Schnauzer  7.25  33  6.8  33  25-41cm  10-16″  S/M 
Pekingese  4.5  18  4.5  18  30-40cm  12-16″  S/M 
Pug  7.2  30.5  7.2  30.5  30-41cm  12-16″ 
Schipperke  7.5  32  28  25-35cm  10-14″  S/M 
Scottish Terrier  28  8.5  25.5  35-50cm  14-20″ 
Shetland Sheepdog  37  35.5  28-46cm  11-18″  S/M 
Shiba‐Inu  10  39.5  36.5  35-43cm  14-17″ 
Shih Tzu  5.625  24  5.625  24  35-42cm  14-16.5″ 
Smooth Fox Terrier  7.5  39.5  6.5  38  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Toy Poodle  4.5  25  24  20-35cm  8-14″  S/M 
Welsh Terrier  9.5  39  38  35-43cm  14-17″ 
West Highland White Terrier  8.5  28  7.5  27  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Wire Fox Terrier  39  38  35-40cm  14-16″ 

Medium Size

Basset Hound 

Basset Hound

Breed Male ave weight kg Male ave height cm Female ave weight kg Female ave height cm Adult dog neck size cm Adult dog neck size in Recommended Collar
Airedale Terrier  21.5  60  20  56  40-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Basenji  12.5  44.5  10  41  25-35cm  10-14″  S/M 
Basset Fauve de Bretagne  17  35  15  32.5  41-46cm  16-18″ 
Basset Hound  22  35.5  18.5  31.5  40-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Border Collie  17  52  15.5  49.5  41-46cm  16-18″ 
Brittany  15  49  13  48  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Cardigan Welsh Corgi  11  30  10  28  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Chinese Shar‐Pei  19  48  17  46  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Cocker Spaniel  12  38  11  35  30-45cm  12-18″  S/M 
Elkhound  23  52  20  49  40-45cm  15-18″ 
English Cocker Spaniel  13.75  40  13.75  38  30-46cm  12-18″  S/M 
English Springer Spaniel  24  48.5  18  45.5  36-46cm  14-18″ 
Finnish Lapphund  21  51  20  46  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Finnish Spitz  18  45  15  42  35-50cm  14-20″ 
French Bulldog  12.5  30  11  30  30-41cm  12-16″ 
Ibizan Hound  25  60  19  56  33-46cm  13-18″ 
Irish Terrier  12  48  11.5  46  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Kerry Blue Terrier  16  47  16  46  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Norwegian Lundehund  15  38  14  35  41-46cm  16-18″ 
Pembroke Welsh Corgi  11  30  10  18  35-40cm  14-16″ 
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen  18  36  17  35.5  35-50cm  14-20″ 
Pharaoh Hound  24  56  20  53  25-35cm  10-14″  S/M 
Polish Owczarek Nizinny  19.5  50  18  45  40-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Puli  15  44  12  40  40-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Saluki  24  65  19  57  33-46cm  13-18″  S/M 
Samoyed  23  55  18  49  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Siberian Husky  23.5  60  19.5  53.5  40-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Skye Terrier  11.5  26  11  25  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Sloughi  13  70  12  65  35-45cm  14-18″ 
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  20  48  16  45.5  45-55cm  18-22″  M/L 
Staffordshire Bull Terrier  15  38.5  13.2  35.5  45-60cm  18-24″  M/L 
Standard Schnauzer  18  48.5  16  45.5  35-50cm  14-20″ 
Tibetan Terrier  13  38  11  35  40-50cm  16-20″ 
Whippet  14.1  49.5  14.1  45.5  33-38cm  13-15″  S/M 

Large Size

Belgian Sheepdog 

Belgian Sheepdog

Breed Male ave weight kg Male ave height cm Female ave weight kg Female ave height cm Adult dog neck size cm Adult dog neck size in Recommended Collar
Afghan Hound  27.5  72  23  66  40-56cm  16-22″ 
Australian Shepherd  30  57  25  48  40-56cm  16-22″ 
Bearded Collie  26  55  22  52  45-56cm  18-22″  M/L 
Belgian Sheepdog  28  65  27  56  46-60cm  18-24″  M/L 
Bergamasco  37  62  28  57  46-60cm  18-24″  M/L 
Bernese Mountain Dog  44  70  40  65  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Bloodhound  41  66  36  60  56-70cm  22-28″ 
Borzoi  41  74  34  68  40-45cm  16-18″ 
Bouvier des Flandres  38  65  33  63  56-66cm  22-26″ 
Boxer  31  60  26  56  41-56cm  16-22″ 
Briard  38.5  65  34  60  40-45cm  16-18″ 
Bull Terrier  33  45  30  42  30-45cm  12-18″ 
Canadian Eskimo Dog  46  64  37  57  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Chow Chow  27  52  25  48  45-61cm  18-24″  M/L 
Collie  29  58  22  56  45-56cm  18-22″  M/L 
Dalmatian  24  59.5  24  57  41-50cm  16-20″ 
Deerhound  45.5  76  36.5  71  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Doberman Pinscher  37.5  69  33  65  45-61cm  18-24″ 
English bulldog  24.5  35.5  22.5  35.5  46-61cm  18-24″ 
English Foxhound  30.5  64  30.5  64  41-46cm  16-18″ 
English Setter  28  67  27  62  45-61cm  18-24″ 
Estrela Mountain Dog  45  70  35  65  50-66cm  20-26″ 
German Shepherd Dog  35  62.5  27  57.5  46-61cm  18-24″ 
German Shorthaired Pointer  28.5  61  23.5  56  38-43cm  15-17″  M/L 
German Wirehaired Pointer  33  65  28  60  46-60cm  18-24″ 
Giant Schnauzer  45.5  68  34  63  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Golden Retriever  31.5  58.5  27  53.5  45-53cm  18-21″  M/L 
Gordon Setter  29.5  66  25.5  63  41-56cm  16-22″ 
Great Gascony Blue  33.5  70  32  68  40-56cm  16-22″ 
Greyhound  36.5  74  35  72  35-45cm  14-18″  M/L 
Hamiltonstövare  26  55  24  50  41-50cm  16-20″ 
Harrier  27  53  22  48  45-56cm  18-22″ 
Hovawart  35  68  30  60  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Irish Red and White Setter  29.5  65  25  61  40-56cm  16-22″ 
Irish Setter  30.5  65  26  61  40-56cm  16-22″ 
Italian Greyhound  27  57  19  52  33-46cm  13-18″ 
Labradoodle  25  50.5  25  50.5  41-50cm  16-20″ 
Labrador Retriever  32.5  58.5  28.5  58.5  46-60cm  18-24″ 
Large Munsterlander  28  61  35  59  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Leonberger  50  80  36  65  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Maremma Sheepdog  42  72  40  68  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Old English Sheepdog  36.5  64  29.5  59  46-61cm  18-24″ 
Pointer  29.5  65  26  64  41-56cm  16-22″  M/L 
Rhodesian Ridgeback  36  65  32  64  50-58cm  20-23″ 
Spinone Italiano  38  65  31  63  41-56cm  16-22″ 
Standard Poodle  32.5  41.5  26.5  41.5  30-45cm  12-18″ 
Vizsla  25  60  21.5  57  38-66cm  15-18″  M/L 
Weimaraner  34.5  65.5  28.5  60.5  41-56cm  16-22″  M/L 

Giant Size

Alaskan Malamute 

Alaskan Malamute

Breed Male ave weight kg Male ave height cm Female ave weight kg Female ave height cm Adult dog neck size cm Adult dog neck size in Recommended Collar
Akita  35.5  67  34  61  51-61cm  20-24″ 
Alaskan Malamute  38  70  33  63  38-56cm  38-56″ 
Anatolian Shepherd  58  80  49  78  70-96cm  28-38″  NA 
Bullmastiff  55  68  46  64  60-72cm  26-28″ 
Great Dane  70  82  62  76  51-66cm  20-26″ 
Irish Wolfhound  55  85  45  78  50-69cm  20-27″ 
Komondor  50  70  48  64  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Kuvasz  50  70  38  67  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Mastiff  83  75  80  72  71-97cm  28-38″  NA 
Neapolitan Mastiff  70  78  66  73  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Newfoundland  68  71  54  66  66-81cm  26-32″  NA 
Otterhound  50  67  45  60  50-66cm  20-26″ 
Rottweiler  55  65  41.5  59.5  61-76cm  24-30″ 
Saint Bernard  75  90  68  88  66-82cm  26-32″  NA 
Tibetan Mastiff  68  66  50  62  71-97cm  28-38″  NA 

What Do Different Dog Sizes Mean?

While planning to adopt a dog or shopping for things for your four-legged buddy, the sizing instructions can sometimes be confusing. This is especially true when adopting a dog. In most circumstances, though, you will be provided with a guide analogous to the one designed for humans, including standard sizes. The most critical factor in determining what size your.

Toy

The toy dog got its name because they frequently have a size comparable to that of a plush toy animal. Toy dogs are often standard breeds that have been carefully bred down to a smaller size. Some breeds considered toy dogs include spaniels, terriers, and pinschers. In most cases, their weight will be close to or even below the 6-kilogram barrier.

Throughout history, most dogs were developed to do specific tasks, which is still the case for several toy breeds today. However, most of them were raised to be loyal companions to human beings. Several toy dog breeds are frequently described as lapdogs. This indicates that it is in their nature to sit comfortably on someone’s lap all day due to their small size and a submissive, passive demeanor that will satisfy sitting and dozing off.

Small

If you think of a dog on the smaller end of the canine spectrum, the picture that most often comes to mind is that of a Chihuahua. If that’s the case, you’ve got it right on the money because they’re one of the most sought-after little breeds. 

These little dogs may be small, but they have beautiful personalities despite their diminutive stature. This may sometimes lead to behavioral concerns, as they can become reasonably aggressive toward other dogs or humans if they are not properly socialized. This can happen if they need to be properly socialized.

The majority of health problems seen by many little dogs are the result of breeding problems. These problems are passed down via the lineages of certain breeds. Therefore, small purebred dogs nearly always have some medical condition. The smaller these breeds are designed to be, the more likely they will have health problems.

Medium

The size of a medium dog is considered in-between, and even though many people don’t realize it, most people want this medium puppy. Dogs of this size typically have an appropriate amount of energy; they are neither overly active nor overly lethargic. They don’t get too big, which means they are easy to control and don’t stay so small that they can’t keep up with you when you’re outside in the fresh air.

This is the most comprehensive classification of dog breeds, and as a consequence, there is a wide range of potential health issues that can arise. Some dog breeds, like bulldogs, are prone to developing respiratory issues, while others are more likely to develop hip problems.

It is also essential to point out that the most significant number of available working dogs can be found in the grouping of dogs considered to be medium in size. These dog breeds are frequently seen working as therapy dogs or in other capacities as service dogs.

Large

These puppies are starting to mature into their adult bodies! Even though they are aware of their size, large dogs are capable of causing quite a bit of harm. Most of the time, these puppies have the misconception that they are lap dogs and should be sitting on the couch with their closest companion.

Regarding their demeanor, most big dogs are outgoing and enthusiastic about making new acquaintances. As a result of this, they are suitable for use as working dogs. Because their size might be frightening, they make excellent guard dogs if adequately trained.

Large dogs have a higher risk of developing joint problems than smaller dogs, particularly those that affect their hips and spines. Checkups at regular intervals are required for these puppies to maintain everything in the correct position.

Giant

They do reach sizes comparable to those of the giant breeds. These are your larger dogs, requiring a separate sleeping area. These puppies have very outgoing personalities but are also quite protective. They are incredibly enormous and may even overpower breeds of a similar size.

These dogs are hyperactive and are only sometimes aware of their power. If you have not taught them properly, you could find they want to stroll with you rather than themselves. Even though their power puts them at risk of injuring people of lesser stature or children, big canines tend to have a pleasant disposition.

In terms of musculoskeletal disorders, giant dogs suffer from the same problems that tiny dogs do and hereditary problems caused by breeding, much like their smaller counterparts. When acquiring a giant dog, it is essential to keep this in mind since it is significant.

Five Pointers for Estimating Your Dog’s Age

It might be challenging to determine the age of shelter dogs since the animals typically only arrive with a significant amount of background information. However, having access to this information is necessary to deliver the best possible treatment.

Examining the teeth of a young dog is the most accurate technique to estimate its age. A puppy’s primary (baby) teeth eruption should be complete between 3 and 6 weeks. At the front of the mouth, the eruption of the puppy’s permanent (adult) teeth should start between 12 and 16 weeks, and at the back of the mouth, between 16 and 24 weeks.

The best person to provide an estimate of your dog’s age is, of course, your veterinarian; nevertheless, the following guidelines might assist you in making an educated approximation. Bear in mind that only some of these suggestions can guarantee success.

Keep an eye out for graying signs

One of the most frequent reasons for pet graying is the passage of time. This process is remarkably comparable to the one occurring naturally as people age. On the other hand, in contrast to people, dogs often do not become gray all over their bodies, including their fur. The beard and mustache will be the first areas to become gray, followed by the rest of the face and muzzle. In dogs, graying typically begins with a “salt and pepper” appearance on the coat.

You may have difficulty recognizing the indications of aging in naturally gray dogs, but this only means you will need to keep a closer eye on them. As your dog grows, you might notice that the texture of its fur has changed from how it used to be. This is because it’s common for the texture of a dog’s coat to change as they get older. Additionally, as they age, gray dogs may show more white than gray in their coats.

Analyze the Behavior of Your Dog

Dogs who are highly active, lively, and spasmodic are often much younger, leading us to a prognosis closer to one or two years of age than five or six years.

Activity levels typically decrease as dog ages, which is a common phenomenon. They could have problems getting up or down, trouble walking or climbing stairs, and might sleep more than they usually would due to these difficulties. Age-related changes in a dog’s sleep habits can include waking up in the middle of the night or starting to have accidents inside the house.

Canine cognitive dysfunction is a disorder that affects certain canines and causes symptoms similar to those seen in senile people. These canines are prone to amnesia, confusion, and an apparent state of depression.

Look into your dog’s eyes for some insight.

The lens, the eye component responsible for refracting and focusing light, begins to alter as a dog ages. This harmless ailment, known as lenticular sclerosis, often manifests itself in dogs between the ages of 6 and 8. When it comes to estimating the ages of middle-aged and senior dogs can be of tremendous assistance. 

It is important to distinguish between cataracts, a serious eye disease that can cause blindness and is characterized by a cloudy lens, and the condition known as lenticular sclerosis. However, cataracts are not always found in older canines. Some dog breeds, such as Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, & Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are genetically susceptible to developing cataracts in their eyes at a very young age, even before they reach the age of 2 years old.

Examine the state of your teeth.

Dogs, like humans, only have two sets of teeth: the infant set and the adult set. When a person is still in their late childhood or early adolescence, their permanent teeth start to come in. This development phase occurs throughout the first half year of a dog’s life.

After then, it might be difficult to determine age based on teeth alone. Once all of the permanent adult teeth have come in, they can only change by accumulating tartar, stains, or other indicators of illness over time. Depending on the dog’s face shape, breed history, diet, and dental care received, these changes can happen at various rates.

There is no reliable method for estimating a dog’s age based on its dentition once all of the adult teeth have come in for a dog. The teeth of a dog that is 15 years old and has received proper dental care may look healthier than those of a dog that is 5 years old and is allowed to chew on hard toys.

What kind of shape is your dog in?

Puppies tend to be more svelte, fit, and flexible, but elderly dogs frequently put on weight. It is customary to put on weight during the middle years of a person’s life. However, as a person age, they typically lose weight, and their muscular tone weakens.

This is mostly because as dog’s age, they have a tendency to become less active, have a tendency to snooze more frequently, and have a slowing in their metabolism.

The development of a more significant number of aches and pains is something that dogs and people have in common as they age. As a result of the fact that most dogs remain highly active throughout their lives, it is reasonable to anticipate that as they age, they may have some joint stiffness in addition to the possibility of experiencing pain or discomfort.

What Size Will My Puppy Become?

When adopting a puppy, people frequently have many questions, such as “how big will my furry friend be when they grow up?” When do puppies reach the stage where their growth is no longer stimulated? How big will my adult dog be when he’s fully grown?

A quick search on Google will only sometimes provide the information you are looking for as soon as you would want them, particularly in the case of mixed-breed and designer dogs.

Several different variables may determine your tiny dog’s eventual size. A few approaches may be used to accurately estimate a puppy’s future development and full size, even though it is impossible to predict a puppy’s adult weight and height precisely.

Step 1. Find out how much your new dog weighs.

This may be determined with the use of a baby scale or at a visit to the veterinarian. If this is not an option, on the other hand, you can use a regular scale in the bathroom to determine how much your puppy weighs.

  • Check the bathroom scale twice to be sure it is set to zero before you start.
  • Take your new puppy in your hands and handle it with care. Try not to drop it since it might sustain an injury if it falls to the ground. It could wiggle about.
  • Step onto the scale and wait for it to finish calculating your weight before you get off. Make sure the number is correct, then write it down.
  • Reward your dog if he refrains from making an effort to jump.
  • Make your way up the ladder on your own.
  • Record your weight once you’ve done so.
  • To find out how much the pups weigh, take your weight and deduct it from the total weight you were given for both you and the puppy.

Step 2: Determine the breed of your new puppy

You can accomplish this goal by requesting a DNA test or seeking the advice of a veterinarian. If you do not have quick access to this information, you can estimate the approximate breed of the animal by analyzing its physical qualities, such as the following:

  • Snout length
  • Fur color
  • Fur length
  • Skull shape
  • Weight
  • Tail characteristics

After you’ve completed these steps, you may use our dog size chart to determine the breed of the dog using its measurements.

Step 3: Determine the approximate age of your new dog in months.

To accomplish this, all you need to do is inquire about it at the animal shelter or breeder from where you purchased the puppy, and they will be able to provide it for you. You might also read through what was discussed earlier.

Step 4: Use a dog-size chart

Using the information gathered above, our dog-size chart will assist you in making an educated guess as to how big your puppy will be as an adult. They evaluate their current size about the historical averages of other dogs of the same breed.

FAQs

Does it matter how big a dog is to them?

Although it may be simpler to exercise a tiny dog in a smaller place, a smaller dog may need more time than a giant dog since she may have more energy overall. Many smaller breeds have relatively “big” and concentrated personalities, requiring more cerebral stimulation than a giant dog would.

Do a dog’s paws influence its size?

If your puppy is born with abnormally tiny feet, it will likely remain on the more petite side as adults. However, the size of your dog’s paws, while it can be a fair predictor of whether or not your dog’s growth spurt has finished, does not tell you how much larger your dog will be.

Are larger dogs calmer?

Again, there was a substantial difference based on the size of the dogs, with the smaller canines exhibiting a considerably higher level of dread and anxiety than the larger dogs. Small dogs appear less obedient, more energetic and aggressive, and more susceptible to anxiety and fear.

Does the mother or father determine the size of the dog?

There is no way to determine with confidence which parent, the father or the mother, is accountable for what proportion of the puppy’s physical characteristics. Everything will be determined by how the genes work out in the end. This suggests that the puppy may resemble either its mother or its father.

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