How Much Should My Labrador Weigh?

Find out what a healthy weight is for your Labrador

People often ask “How much should my Labrador weigh?”

Most days on the Labrador site we receive a comment or email from someone who tells us exactly how old their dog is

And wants to know how many pounds, or kilos, he should weigh.

In this article we will take a look at the right size for a fit and healthy dog.

And how to spot when he’s piling on the pounds.

Let’s take a look at the facts that you need to know when it comes to your Labrador’s weight.

What is the average Labrador weight?

Labradors come in a wide variety of sizes.  So average weights can be misleading.

As a very rough guide an adult female Labrador might weigh between 55 and 70lbs.  An adult male 5-10lbs more.

Show (English) Labs are likely to be at the upper end of the scale. Some of our chunkier, show bred Labs can be a good twenty pounds or more heavier than their field bred cousins, without necessarily being overweight.

Whereas the Field bred (American) Lab is likely to be at the lower end of average.

A naturally big (not fat) Labrador may have a larger overall ‘frame’ with bigger bones.  But they should still look ‘slim’.

The Labrador in the photo below is obese and needs to lose weight urgently. But many Labradors are overweight without looking so ‘obviously’ fat.

Muscle is heavier than fat

kong gyro dog  toyVolume for volume, muscle weighs more than fat.  So it is worth bearing in mind,  that a very fit dog will have more muscle and may weigh more than a fat, unfit dog of similar dimensions.

For these reasons, it simply is not possible to give a ‘rule of thumb’ on adult Labrador weights.

Unless a dog is grossly obese, or desperately thin, the scales may not be an accurate reflection of the dog’s state of health.

So how much should my Labs weigh?

Weight is just a starting point.  Use the average Lab weight given above as a guide but do also observe your dog carefully and critically.

Even if your dog is within the guidelines given above, he could still be too fat, or even too thin.

It is especially important not to be lulled into a false sense of security simply because your dog looks like other people’s Labradors. Because sadly more Labradors today are overweight than not.

How much should my Chocolate Labrador weigh (or my yellow, or my black)

In theory there should be no difference in weight between Labradors of different colors.

In practice, in the UK at least, chocolate Labs are more likely to be show bred than field bred and may therefore be at the higher end of average when it comes to weight. feeding2

How much should my Labrador puppy weigh

Labrador puppies are growing fast, and their weight is constantly changing.

You can find an idea of how much puppies weigh at two, three and six months, in our Labrador puppy feeding guide.

How do I know if my dog is too fat?

The way to effectively judge whether your dog is too fat, is by feel and appearance.fatlab2Your dog should have a ‘waist’.

You should not be able to see ribs,  but if you press firmly along his sides you should just be able to feel your fingers bumping along them.

You can read about this in more detail in our article on Fat Labradors  where you can also find a picture of a Labrador at a healthy weight.

What about puppies?

To an extent, this information applies to puppies as well as adults.   People often worry a lot about their puppy’s weight.

But in most cases it really is not necessary to weigh your puppy every day, or even every week!

Any more than you would weigh your three year old child on a daily or even weekly basis.

There are however, some exceptions.

Very thin puppies

Occasionally we have people post up about puppies that are desperately underweight and clearly failing to thrive.

Most of these comments come from people that have purchased puppies that are not ready to leave their mothers, and should not have been sold by the breeder.

Some of these puppies are as young as three weeks old.

If you have inadvertently been sucked into this horrible trade in underage puppies,  please check out our article: Too Young to Leave Mum,  and do contact a vet for help with feeding your puppy, as a matter of urgency.

If you are concerned that your puppy might be seriously underweight, again, your vet is the first port of call.

As a very rough guide,  many Labrador puppies will weigh around a kilo for every week of their lives.

So you would expect a ten week puppy to weigh something in the region of ten kilos or around twenty-two pounds.

A twenty percent variation around this would be fairly normal.  If your puppy falls outside this variation he may still be perfectly healthy,  but if you are inexperienced,  a check with the vet is a good way to put your mind at rest.

Check out this article on Puppy Growth for more information:  Puppy Growth FAQ

So do I never need to weigh my dog?

If you are trying to put weight on a very thin puppy,  you may want to check your progress with regular weigh-ins for a while.

You may also need to weigh your dog if he needs medical treatment.

Determining the appropriate dose of some drugs requires that we know the exact weight of the patient.

How to weigh a dog

If you need to weigh a dog in order to ‘dose’ him, and he is small enough to hold in your arms, you can do this at home.

Just weigh yourself on the bathroom scales without him, then weigh yourself again whilst holding the dog, and subtract the first weight from the second.

This is accurate enough for most purposes.

Larger dogs will need to be weighed on purpose built scales, most vet surgeries have one in the waiting room.

Really tiny dogs can be weighed accurately on a good sized set of  kitchen scales.

Or by using fishing scales to weigh a puppy placed carefully  in a shoulder bag (don’t forget to weigh the bag first and subtract its weight from your total)

Appearances first

For once, this is a situation where appearances really do count.

Try to get into the habit of looking at your dog objectively and of avoiding comparing with other dogs, many of whom will be overweight.

You may find that some other dog owners will tell you your nice slim Labrador is actually too thin.

This happens a lot, largely  because people are simply getting used to so many dogs being fat,  including some of those receiving the highest accolades in our show rings.

Again, if you are worried, check with your vet,  but the chances are if someone is telling you this that actually your dog is healthy, and it is really their dog who is overweight.

More information on puppies

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The Happy Puppy Handbook covers every aspect of life with a small puppy.

The book will help you prepare your home for the new arrival, and get your puppy off to a great start with potty training, socialisation and early obedience.

The Happy Puppy Handbook is available worldwide.

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Pippa Mattinson is the best selling author of several books on dogs. She is the founder of the Labrador Site and a regular contributor. She is passionate about helping people enjoy their Labradors and lives in Hampshire with her husband and four dogs.


  1. I know that all these weights are rough guides but I’m a little concerned that my puppy is growing too fast. I have a 15 week old chocolate lab X border collie who looks like a pedigree lab (apart from her white flashes). Her mum is a tall and thin border collie; I have not met her dad because he was stud but the breeder said he was not a tall dog but was very chunky. She weighs around 15.5KG at the moment and from everything I have read and all of the charts I have looked at it seems as though she is on the larger side for a pure labrador when surely she should be smaller than the labrador ‘range’ because she is half border collie? She does have a defined waist but you cannot see any ribs and she has an insatiable appetite. We feed her what the kibble bag recommends for a medium sized dog which is always very vague (100g-390g per day?!) and make an allowance for treats; sometimes I do not even feed her ‘lunch’ and use that quota for filling up Kongs and for training with. I have read about the dangers of puppies (especially larger breeds) growing too fast and I am tempted to reduce how much we are feeding her. It is very hard to get any information on cross-breed dogs, I have been treating her as a medium-sized breed but I think I may have to start treating her as a large-sized breed. Every time we have been to the vets they have said how healthy she looks, I am probably just being an overly concerned first-time puppy mum!

    Thank you for reading, any replies would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Hi there! My friend ran into the same issue with their puppy. By the time he reached 5 months, he was over 50 lbs, and taller than his 1 year old sister. Their vet told them that they MUST get him off puppy food right away and switch to adult food, which has less calories. This might be an option for you down the line. If your vet seems unconcerned, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, though you might want to look into “large breed” puppy food, or even labrador puppy food specifically. That’s what we feed our guy. He is a lab, golden retriever and airedale terrier mix (mostly lab out of the three breeds) and he gets lab puppy food. He will be 10 months at the end of March and weighs just over 65 lbs (and over 25 inches tall at the wither, so he’s a big guy).

  2. I have the perfect black lab 2 yrs old. But I can not keep her from jumping on people and counter surfing. Please help I can’t take it any more.

  3. Riley our chocolate Labrador is 13 months old now and she weighs 27.5kg she looks good and feels good using the sheet or blanket test on her ribs. She is very active and will play in the park for as long as you will let her. One question though, she is still on kibble puppy food three meals a day. When do you recommend I should start feeding her adult dog food.

  4. My lab (English) is 1 year old Saturday. He weighs 85 pounds and is not fat as he gets plenty of exercise. He eats about 3 cups of food/day. Ate much more as a smaller growing puppy.

  5. My Labrodor retreaver is 3mnths old today called” Buster” he weighs in at 12.5kg ,Buster is in deed a thick set K9 and has a great appetite.
    i only feed him the best money can buy.
    to date Buster can do many things given i got in early such as.
    Sit,Stay,roll to the left roll to the right lye,fetch and retreave , gives his left paw and right paw.
    i can leave Buster in a middle of a field and walk away a distance of 500m on comand comes to me like the wind.
    He is solid in mass a very big pup and going to make a cracking service K9 im a carer so you can imagine the tasks” Buster” will be performing over the next 3mnths the crucial period of full asertion of “Master of the house well, Buster is the chap whom will be showing full alegience to providing a most valuable and loyal service.
    as well as taken full presidence, as well as learning tasks involving caring “Buster”will be learning to watch and sense for varied illnesses and changes in human carecto ” Buster”will also be trained in the detection of drugs and anphetimans,,,drugs given it is crucial “Buster”makes me a wear of those whom are adicted and fined it hard to be honest,this however will be on a know to no base’s buster will also serve as protector to his home and property’s and loyal to his providers.
    in return” Buster” has a great future and every thing on tap as he wishes.
    Buster’s play time will be the detection of “Truffles”highly prized on the french open market and thus creating him a steady income,in Deed he has his own personal savings account which is progressing with pace.
    im delighted” Buster”came into my life and i in his also were going to be great pal’s.

  6. Our chocolate boy is 10 months old and today he weighed in at 37kg. Not fat by any means as he is walked regularly and doesn’t over-eat. He just happens to be a BIG boy, really big paws and tall (he is already nearly as tall as my father-in-laws fully grown Rottweiler!)

  7. My lab is 19months old and she weighs 21.5kg. She is very fit and healthy and this has been agreed by the vet who says she is in perfect condition. I’m amazed at how many people comment on her weight “she’s very lean” to being constantly asked if she’s a cross with a whippet or lurcher! People just get used to seeing fat labs I think and don’t recognise a dog which is a healthy weight. Her coat is gleaming (they always comment on that too) and her muscles are defined. She is from the field line and is naturally lithe and tall.

    • same as my Labrador. People tend to say that “why my dog is so thin” SHE IS 23KG. i always ask the vet if she is too thin, but the vet always say that my lab is in good condition and indeed healthy.

  8. My boy is 1 in October. He weighs over 50kgs (vet scales when being desexed) but he isnt fat by any means. Hes just a big boy, has plenty of exercise and eats rather well.

    • Hi Natalie. Good to know someone else has a big labrador. My boy is a lab crossed with a golden retriever and he not fat at all… he is now two and half. He is bigger than the average lab and weighs 48 kilos down from 50 kilos about a month ago. My vet said he needs to be down to 40 kilos which would make him to thin in my view. I can see his ribs when he walks or bends in a particular. I am going to get him down to 45 kilos and no more…

    • Hi Paddy,
      Pippa states in the article “As a very rough guide, many Labrador puppies will weigh around a kilo for every week of their lives.” This means you would expect a pup of 8 weeks to be somewhere vaguelly in the region of 8 kilos. 3 kilos does sound rather light for an 8 week old puppy.
      If you are concerned about your puppy’s weight then please take him to your vet who will be able to give you some advice regarding his specific dietary needs.
      All the best,

  9. I have 3 labs aged between 1 and 11 years. All are slim and fit, but vary in weight between 29 and 40 kilos. Vets’ weight charts can be very misleading as they don’t take account the variability in dogs’ frames. My biggest boy is huge, at least 3 inches taller than tbe smallest, yet I have been told by a vet that they should be roughly the same weight. The best advice I ever had regarding weight was that you should be able to feel all the dog’s ribs easily, but they shouldn’t be looking at you..

    • My girl is now 5 and comes in at 36kg and just yesterday the Vet said she is overweight and should be around 30kg. That’s why I’m trawling and reading to see if there is any concerns us out there.

  10. Fern will be weighed tomorrow at the vet prior to her puppy class. She is 14 weeks, and went 10.2kg at 12 weeks. Polly (3 in May), was like a body on stilts at 4 months, and weighs under 27kg now. Btw she stands 22″. Although I can feel Fern`s ribs, she still looks like a litle bundle of fat. When should I expect her to loose the puppy fat, or should I be taking things in hand now? She is fed on Eukanuba puppy food, and has just over 15 mins. of exercise a day.

  11. I have a labrador of 2 months & it weighs 3.3 kg. she is extremely playfull. Does her weight matches with her age? I feel like it doesn’t because I have seen their growth chart and it says they should weigh about 8 kg at 2 months of age . she takes her meals well and I give her 4 meals a day including milk. please tell me what I should do.I’m really concerned about her.

    • First, you should remove the milk. Water and kibble only is fine. Second, She is small, feed her right and love her and let her grow without worrying.

  12. Hi Paula, don’t panic about his weight at this stage, it does sound heavy but when I took my lab puppy (girl) to training classes there was another one the same age as mine (a boy) and he was twice the size of mine, very chunky. I know they say adult male labs weight is 25-30kg, and the feeding guide is what it says, just a guide. I’ve fluctuated with feed amounts all the time , it depends how much exercise and chasing around she does. But I certainly haven’t skimped on food,because they grow so quickly and need the high protein that puppy food gives them up to a year old.
    One good thing I’ve done is weigh out her daily amount of food leaving out about 25-30grams to allow for treats for training, so they are included in her daily allowance. I then divide her food into two meals a day and use a slow feed bowl, cause she a guzzler.
    I cut up the treats as much as I can to make them go further. One thing I don’t do, is feed extra tit-bits of food that we eat, she gets her kong with kong stuffing in small amounts.
    Do you know how big his parents are?that’s a good indicator of what he’s going to be like.

  13. Hi there, my black Labrador puppy was born on the 12 of Nov, so he’s 3 and a half months old now. He weighs 16.5Kg (over 36 pounds!). He comes from a Field line and the Vet said he is extremely big. Since then, I’ve been searching to see if I find Field Labradors the same age as big as mine… I know that it might sounds silly, but I’m a bit concerned about it. I even thought the breeder might have lied about his date of birth, for some reason. But the birth was registered with The Kennel Club and I don’t see a reason for them to lie about it. I got him when he was 8 weeks old, then he had his first vaccine and the second one at 12 weeks. I feed him based on his weight and ‘age’ (I’d be very upset to know that I’m feeding him the wrong amount of food, in case he is older). Every time I’m walking him in the park and someone asks me his age, they are always surprised and some people don’t believe he is just 3 and a half months. He is not fat at all, I can feel his ribs. Does anyone else heard about a 3 months old Field Lab as heavy as mine??

  14. I find this interesting. It depends on the lab, truly. My lab weighs over 100 lbs., or 47kg and you can see his bones. He is not in the least bit unhealthy, but very strong and muscular.

  15. I found this article interesting as this subject recently came up when we took our chocolate lab Ruby to the vet with cruciate ligament injury.
    She has a large frame, was getting in the region of 2 hours of exercise daily running in fields, is raw fed and extremely muscular. She felt as she should do, has a waist, but according to the vet scales weighed 39 kg. She is fed for the weight would like her to be, in fact I have now gradually cut that back. The vet said she was overweight, made no allowance that it was muscle mass rather than fat.
    I realise with an injury such as hers (we are going for conservative treatment of rest with limited exercise for the next few months, rather than invasive surgery), that the heavier a dog is the more strain can be put on the stifle joint.
    As she is obviously not getting the exercise that she was, then cutting back on her meals gradually was the obvious thing to do. In 8 weeks she has lost 1 1/4″ round her waist.
    The vet needless to say, tried to sell me expensive dried diet food, even though Ruby is otherwise more healthy than most other labs I see, with muscle, gleaming white teeth (she’s nearly 6), and a coat you could use as a mirror!

  16. My new pup was weighed at the vet last Saturday (8 weeks) at 6.3 kilos. He remarked that she was on the large side, and there`s no doubt she looks like a little fatty, although you can feel her ribs. She is definately show bred, probably won`t be overly tall, and the breeder likes her dogs to have `a hint of a waist`. I am feeding her very slightly less (rounding down) than it says on the bag, but am still worried I might have an overweight dog on my hands.

  17. I’d just like to say that 10kg gram of muscles weigh exactly like 10kg of fats. The difference is the dog is better off carrying muscles than fat. That big paragraph there about how muscles weigh less than fat is grossly wrong and misleading.

    • Capital letters is shouting, there is no need to shout 🙂 Volume for volume muscle weighs more than fat, so fat takes up a lot more space than muscle.

    • To this guy who say muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat……. Yes a pound is a pound but if a dog looks big and is all muscle and standing next to a dog that is all fat….. The muscular dog will weigh more… Don’t be too literal and a douche…..

    • A pound of fat takes up more space than a pound of muscle. Think of it this way: a fit dog will take less space on your sofa than a fat dog of the same weight. Now stop barking and take your dog out for a run!

  18. Pippa, another very good article, for interestingly my lab, let us say he on the large size. We having a job to weigh him, vet and Petsupermarket, a little small for him; He is 42:43 kgs. Not fat, but have too watch get thin. He has lots of lovely grounds to play in, and as Estate manager he goes round with me.