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How Large is a Labrador?

As we’ve talked about in our blog before, there are two types or styles of Labrador: American (or Field) and English.  We only breed the English style Labrador, which is also what you would see at an AKC show, and what actually fits the AKC Labrador standard.

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While English labs are stocky, thick boned, with a broad skull and muzzle, they are shorter legged and shorter bodied than their taller and longer American counterparts.

A large breed puppy food would actually be too much for a lab, and is really meant for a larger breed like a St. Bernard.

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Males will be a bit bigger than females at a full-grown size. The females range 65-75 lbs on average, and males more like 80-90 lbs. Some larger males may be more like 95 lbs at a filled out weight, but over 100 lbs is actually above standard. I have many people contact me looking for a big male, and mention their last dog being 100 lbs, 120 lbs, and even 175 lbs!  This could have been more of an American and English blended Labrador, or just a very overweight lab.  OR, it could be what I call the “Old style American Lab”, which were bred up until about the 1980’s/90’s. Traditionally, however, you will not have an English Labrador over 95 lbs, at the highest weight if it is conforming to the AKC breed standard.

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Our Sicily, weighing in at about 68 lbs, typically.

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A great show shot of Romeo. He probably weighed around 85-90 lbs here.

Another important thing to remember about size genetics, is that the biggest puppy in the litter at 8 weeks old, does not the biggest dog in the litter make. You can click here to read more about that!

One pro of not being TOO big, is the lifespan. A giant or larger breed dog tends to fall around a 7-9 year lifespan, whereas we see English labs live more like 12-15 years. Ultimately, a lab is a great option for someone that is worried about having a huge dog around the house, but has the big dog temperament and personality. In other words, a big love mush!

Baby kissing chocolate lab

19 Comments

  1. My Anela is a 90 pound American Field Lab, who KNOWS she is an Itty bitty chihuahua who was raised by 2 male chihuahuas.

  2. Thanks for this article! It clarifies a lot. I had heard the term Englidpsh Lab, but was unfamiliar with it. I think my 90 pound Chocolate Labbie girl must be more the American Lab. She is taller than what pics of English Labs look like, but she’s a rescue pup that someone found abandoned by the side of the highway! We love her no matter what she is!

  3. I’ve a 109.5 black Lab Male, indistinguishable in Labrador characteristics,
    Wondering if he could have “canoe lab” in the line, as the breeders had large labs as well.
    Or as mentioned old American lab. Fairly certain he is a 3rd generation blend of English and american.

    1. I love dogs

  4. I HAVE A 105LB ENGLISH BLACK LAB. HER NAME IS RAVEN. SHE IS JUST AWESOME IN EVERY WAY! SHE IS SUCH A GOOF, SMART, LOVABLE, VERY FRIENDLY AND OF COURSE BEAUTIFUL! SHE IS 9 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH. WE BOUGHT HER FROM A REPUTABLE BREEDER AT 4 MONTHS OLD. I KNEW SHE WAS GOING
    TO BE HUGE THEN. I HAVE LOVED ALL MY DOGS DEARLY, BUT SHE HOLDS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE HAD MANY DOGS
    IN THE LAST 34 YEARS, BUT NONE LIKE HER. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HER. SHE HAS TO BE TOUCHING ME WHEREVER I AM –INCLUDING GUARDING THE BATHROOM DOOR.! SHE IS THE 4TH BLACK LAB WE HAVE OWNED. OUR VET ALSO HAS ONE THAT WEIGHS 140 LBS!! HE HAS HAD MANY LABS TOO. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND OWNING A LAB TO ANYONE. THEY ARE AS LOYAL AND GENTLE AS YOU CAN GET.

  5. My Yellow Lab Mia is 1 yr old today, we’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old. She is now 1 and has shorter legs than my other Labs. We have been feeding her Iams Puppy Chow. Will she grow some more or is she just going to be a shortercLab. She’s registered at AKC too.

  6. Our bkack lab Belle is about 104 lbs, she has a huge chest, and is tall and long. She is a gentle soul who wants to be in contact with us all the time, one of the most loving dogs we ever had. She was the runt of the litter and she is huge.

  7. My Black Lab Duke was 9 years old, he weighed 168lbs, he was as tall as a Great Dane and as gentle as a newborn baby. Like Patrick said as well, he was the runt of the litter. I had twin boys that would climb all over him, enough to irritate any other dog, he would playfully lick them while wagging his tail. He was the greatest dog I have ever known. We had to say goodbye last week, and it was by far the hardest thing Ive ever had to do. These dogs are amongst if not the most loving and loyal dogs I have ever seen.

    1. Max is my yellow lab and beloved friend. Last weigh-in he was 119 pounds. Apparently, his ideal weight is 95 pounds according to the vet’s measurements.
      He is 8 years old, a gentle giant, and loves food, like all labs. He gets lots of walks and swimming so he’s healthy but he is just a BIG dog. English labs are great.
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  8. I love dogs

  9. is she cute

  10. can I see her

  11. These large labs (100+ lbs) are outside the standard. They are either overweight, or are not purebred.

  12. Thank you for the information. We have a 9 1/2 yr old Black Labrador “Hendrix “. He is truly a gentle giant & a Big puppy boy. He currently weighs 138 lbs. Very active, not fat. Amazingly Beautiful. Had his blood tested, pure Black Lab. He got his paperwork in order. We just Live our Pound Puppy.

  13. Thanks for the info! My chocolate lab is 120lbs and we have no idea where the size came from. His mom and dad where both around 80lbs. His name is Joey and he’s 3 years old. Love our baby boy!

  14. I had a black lab who lived for 14 years. He was a monster with the biggest head ona lab that I have ever seen. My vet was constantly amazed at his fitness and strength. He was at his best at fit 117 lbs. he was 26 inches at the withers. He was purebred with AKC registration. He lived from 1985 till 2000. Ive also had a registered yelliw lab english style that weighed 122 but admittedly was overweight. His ideal weight was 108.

  15. I have a chocolate male that is 150lbs And a female 85 lbs that just had an all black litter and the puppies look big. I refer to them as old. School farm labs our male is a great dog very melo but will do what ever energy level your at he’ll match. Are female is more English. Anyone with a large chocolate female puppies I’d be interested for breeding? Looking for more American.

  16. The Labrador Retriever Standard was written with a purpose.

  17. Our male lab is 86 lbs and our vet keeps on saying he needs to lose weight – ideally 75 lbs but aim for 80 lbs to start with. I think that is too much. What do you think ?

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