Labradoodles are some of the most well-known Poodle-hybrids. They are incredibly friendly and affectionate, which makes them great family dogs. But, before you bring one into your house, it’s important to ask; how big will a Labradoodle get? And what are the different size options available to you? Let’s find out.
How Big Will a Labradoodle Get?
Labradoodles come in three sizes; Mini, Medium, and Standard. Mini Labradoodles average around 14 to 16 inches (35.5 to 40.6 cm) at the shoulder and 15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg). Medium Labradoodles are around 16 to 20 inches (40.6 to 50.8 cm) and 30 to 50 pounds (13.6 to 22.7 kg), while Standard Labradoodles are around 20 to 24 inches (50.8 to 70 cm) and weigh 50 to 65 pounds (22.7 to 29.5 kg).
In the rest of this article, I’ll go through the different sizes of the Labradoodle in more detail. I’ll also look at some other things that may influence the size of your Labradoodle, such as its generation.
Labradoodle Size and Weight Categories
Poodles come in different sizes, including Standard, Medium, Miniature, and Toy Poodles. However, Labrador Retrievers only come in one size. This means that the different sizes of Labradoodles depend on the type of Poodle used in breeding.
A lot of people differentiate between Toy and Mini or Minture Labradoodles. But because there is a great deal of overlap in their sizes, many people group them together. I’ll do the same in this article.
|Mini or Toy||14 to 16 inches (35.5 to 40.6 cm)||15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg)|
|Medium||16 to 20 inches (40.6 to 50.8 cm)||30 to 50 pounds (13.6 to 22.7 kg)|
|Standard||20 to 24 inches (50.8 to 70 cm)||50 to 65 pounds (22.7 to 29.5 kg)|
Mini Labradoodles (also known as miniature or toy) are the smallest variety that you are likely to find. They are usually produced by breeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Labrador Retriever.
Mini Labradoodles are usually around 14 to 16 inches (35.5 to 40.6 cm) in height at the shoulder. And they usually weigh around 15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg).
These Labradoodles are quite small but still have incredibly high exercise requirements. They could probably do well in apartment living if they are thoroughly exercised early in the day, or if they are a little bit older.
But, keeping a Mini Labradoodle in an apartment can be quite difficult if they are very young and playful and don’t get to let their energy out elsewhere.
Medium Labradoodles are considered good, medium-sized dogs. They are created by breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Medium-sized Poodle. They are neither too big nor too small, standing at 16 to 20 inches (40.6 to 50.8 cm) at the shoulder and weighing 30 to 50 pounds (13.6 to 22.7 kg).
These dogs would do well in a smaller home, provided they have access to a backyard. Medium Labradoodles are not suited to apartment living. They also thrive in environments where there is constant activity, such as a home with children that will be happy to play with them outdoors.
If you don’t think you will be able to provide constant stimulation, a bigger backyard would be ideal for a Medium Labradoodle.
Standard Labradoodles are the biggest Labradoodles. They are created by breeding the biggest Standard Poodles with Labrador Retrievers. These dogs are definitely not suited for smaller environments.
They stand tall at 20 to 24 inches (50.8 to 70 cm) and, on average, weigh 50 to 65 pounds (22.7 to 29.5 kg). In some cases, Standard Labradoodles can grow to up to 90 pounds (40.8 kg). These bigger sizes occur more often in males than in females.
The increased size of these dogs comes with an increased requirement for space. If your garden is small, perhaps it would be better to consider a smaller variety.
Keep in mind if there is no space to roam, their energetic nature may turn destructive. Make sure that you give them lots of exercise to prevent this too.
F1b Labradoodle Size Differences
Poodles are very different from Labradors. This is in everything from their coat to their temperament, but most importantly for this article, their size.
In my experience, when Poodle-hybrids are backcrossed, it is often done with another Poodle. This means that more Poodle genetics will be present in your F1b Labradoodle than Labrador. So how will this affect the size of your Labradoodle?
Although there are endless combinations of backcrossing that can occur, for the sake of simplicity, I will assume that a Poodle the same size as the original was used. So if you have a Medium Labradoodle – created by crossing a Labrador Retriever with Medium Poodle – it is backcrossed with another Medium Poodle, and so on.
Mini F1b Labradoodle
Toy or Miniature Poodles are a great deal smaller than the Labrador Retriever. This means when backcrossing occurs with another Toy or Miniature Poodle, the resulting F1b Labradoodle will be a lot smaller.
Just how small it is will depend on a variety of factors. But, if you are looking for a Labradoodle that is most suitable for apartment living or a small home, this is likely to be the best option for you.
Medium F1b Labradoodle
The Medium Poodle is smaller than the Medium Labradoodle, but the size difference is not as great as the difference between the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature Poodle. This means that, although a Medium F1b Labradoodle is still likely to be smaller than a Medium F1 Labradoodle, the difference will not be as drastic as that of a Mini F1b Labradoodle.
Some might not even notice the difference due to the fluffy coat of the Labradoodle, which creates a lot of volume.
Standard F1b Labradoodle
A Standard Poodle and Labrador do not differ much in terms of weight. However, they differ a lot in height, with Poodles being significantly shorter.
This means that the final weight of a Standard F1b Labradoodle that has been backcrossed with a Standard Poodle is dependent on the specific dogs used and may not differ much at all.
You may notice a change in shape in comparison to an F1 Labradoodle. Standard F1b Labradoodles are likely to be a little bit shorter.
Labradoodle Maturation vs Sizes
Have you ever heard that little dogs grow differently from big dogs? This is definitely true. So how long will it take for your Labradoodle to mature and reach its final size? Let’s look at some of the different sizes to answer that question.
When Are Mini Labradoodles Fully Grown?
As the smallest size, Mini Labradoodles reach their final size the fastest. They are likely to reach their final height at around 9 or 12 months. They will then get heavier until about 14 months.
Very little growth occurs after this point. So, if you notice a drastic change in your Labradoodle after a year, it may actually be larger in size.
When Are Medium Labradoodles Fully Grown?
Medium Labradoodles will likely reach their final height at the one-year mark. However, between 12 and 16 months, they may still get heavier. You will notice that this process is incredibly slow and continues to taper off.
Of course, this is different for every dog. My medium-sized dog, approximately 40 pounds (18.1 kg), stopped getting heavier at ten months. It is very important to keep this variation in mind.
When Are Standard Labradoodles Fully Grown?
The largest of the Labradoodles, the Standard Labradoodle, can take as much as 18 months to reach maturity. Those on the larger end of the size spectrum may even take longer, edging towards 24 months.
They should reach their final height between 12 and 16 months. The final stages of their maturation will involve filling out and becoming heavier.
Size Difference of Male vs Female Labradoodles
In all dog species, including Labradoodles, males are likely to be a little bit bigger than females. This may not always apply to height, but it is definitely seen often with regard to weight.
If you are unsure about whether a male or female Labradoodle will suit you, consult your breeder. They will be able to refer to previous litter using the same parents and give you a very good idea of what your Labradoodle might look like.