When Do Standard Poodles Stop Growing?

When Do Standard Poodles Stop Growing?

Did you just get a Standard Poodle puppy? It may seem that your standard poodle puppy is growing very quickly.  This is very normal for your dog to quickly double in size in just a few weeks.  With the correct nutrition, your puppy should constantly be growing.  You may be wondering when will your standard poodle puppy stop growing and how big will your standard poodle get?

This article tells you when your standard poodle stops growing, and the different stages of your standard poodle growth.

This page also contains a standard poodle growth calculator that lets you predict the future adult weight and height of your standard poodle based on its current weight and height.


Standard Poodle Growth Explained (Pictures)
Standard Poodle Growth Explained (Pictures)

Standard Poodle Appearance

Size: Medium to large
Height: Over 15 inches
Weight: 40 – 70 pounds
Color: Wide variety of colors
Markings: Often bi-colored, can have white markings
Coat type: Curly fur which can be kept long or clipped short
Standard Poodle Growth & Weight Explained
Standard Poodle Growth & Weight Explained

When do Standard Poodles Stop Growing?

Your standard poodle will continue to grow in size for the first year.  After that one year, your standard poodle will stop getting any taller but will start to fill out.  This means that, after one year, your standard poodle will only gain a little weight around their middles so they do not look skinny. This weight gain in the middle usually takes about 6 months.  At around 18 months, your standard poodle should be at its maximum height and weight. Standard Poodles stop growing at 18 months.

The rate at which standard poodles grow changes with time.  At first, your standard poodle will be doubling in size every week or two.  Once they are 4 to 5 months old, they will slow down a little on their growth and slowly continue to reach their maximum height and weight.

How Long Does A Standard Poodle Grow For? 

Standard Poodles fall into the ‘Giant Breed’ category and can take two years or a little longer to reach their full growth potential.

Standard Poodles take longer than the smaller breed poodles to reach their maturity in height and weight because of how big they get.

Their bones have to be longer and their joints bigger and stronger to handle the size. Internal growth also takes considerably longer because of their size.

Are Standard Poodles Considered A Large Breed?

The Toy Poodle can grow to be up to 10 inches tall and weighs between six and nine pounds.

The Miniature Poodle stands between 11 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 17 pounds.

The Standard Poodle is 15 inches or taller (typically 22 inches); males weigh 45 to 70 pounds, and females weigh 45 to 60 pounds – this makes standard Poodle falls under Large dog category.

Stages Of Growth For A Standard Poodle

Here is a timeline of expected growth for your Standard Poodle puppy and information about the different developmental stages they will experience during the first two years. Learn more about puppy milestones here.

Birth To 2 Weeks

  • Newborn Standard Poodles will weigh between two and four pounds. They are born blind and deaf, with both their eyes and ears sealed. Over the first few weeks of life, your ears and eyes will open, and they will begin to sense the world around them. For these first two weeks, puppies will not do much more than eat and sleep. They will stay close to their mothers, relying on her for everything. If for some reason, a mother dog cannot nurse her puppies, puppy formulas are available as substitutes.
  • Even though puppies will not have much activity during this time, they are, in fact, rapidly growing. Owners can expect puppies to gain 5 oz or so the first few weeks and then a pound or more every week for the next few months.

1 Month

  • By one month old, a Standard Poodle puppy can see, hear, and will start associating different scents with different things. He will find his feet and explore a little bit around him. Puppies will still stick close to mom and rely on her for most of their nutrition. They will still be a little wobbly but will be very curious. Sensory development will be well underway, so puppies should always be kept in a calm, relaxed, safe environment. He will start to put on noticeable weight. Poodle puppies will range between 5 and 9 pounds as they develop between one and two months of age. Males will be slightly larger than females.
  • A puppy’s baby teeth will begin to erupt around four weeks, which is also the time owners should start to wean them from their mothers. Puppies should be separated from their mothers and offered a small amount of puppy mush. The mush should be made from high-quality puppy food and water. Even kibble will work here, mix one part of food into three parts and let it soak until a watery mush is formed. Puppies may take to this new food quickly or can be hesitant.
  • Puppy formula replacement can be substituted for water which may make this much more appealing. Once puppies are weaned, they should eat three or four meals of solid food daily. Owners can slowly decrease the amount of water in the food until they are happy eating solid kibble.

2 Months

  • By two months, a Standard Poodle puppy will have gained control of his feet and is ready to explore. This is also when owners want to start house training their Poodle. While he still may not fully understand how the process works or be able to control his bowel consistently, it is good practice to take him outside regularly and continue with house training until he is fully trained.
  • Puppies will be full of energy and ready to explore but still need to be closely supervised at this age. If they have not already been to the vet, it is time to start puppy vaccinations. Puppies can begin to be prepared to leave mom and go to other homes.
  • Puppies will be growing by leaps and bounds by two months old. Female Standard Poodles can weigh between 10 and 16 pounds by two months. Males will be noticeably larger by now, between 15 and 20 pounds. They should be eating three to four meals of high-quality puppy formulated dog food. They must be fed puppy food, not adult dog food. Adult dog food is not formulated to have enough nutrients, protein, or other necessary ingredients to sustain such rapid growth.

3 Months

  • Three-month-old Standard Poodle puppies are quite independent. They will be ready to explore the great big world and will be growing large quickly. Males can weigh between 22 and 26 pounds, while females will follow close behind, weighing anywhere from 20 to 24 pounds. Remember that every puppy is different, and some will grow quicker than others. Other dogs may simply have a smaller frame or be larger than average.
  • By three months old, house training should be well underway. Poodles are a very smart breed of canine, so house training done the right way should be a smooth process. Keep in mind that they are babies and will need supervision. Training them to go outside is a process.
  • It may be helpful to housetrain using a leash and indicating with a familiar word like “potty” or “let’s go” that it is time to go outside to use the bathroom. Repeating this behavior will train your puppy to understand that when he needs to go pee or have a bowel movement, he needs to go outside. Positive reinforcement like cuddles, treats, and toys can greatly benefit the house training process. It is vital to have patience with yourself, end your dog during this time, and understand that accidents are going to happen.

4 Months

  • A four-month-old Standard Poodle puppy Is a curious, lively ball of fluff. Growth will be significant, and owners will notice a change from week to week. By four months old, males can weigh between 28 to 35 pounds. Females will weigh between 22 and 28 pounds. Despite this large size, Standard Poodle puppies at this age are much like human toddlers. They are playful, high-energy, easily excitable, and may not understand their own size just yet. Owners who need to leave their Poodle puppy for extended periods may want to look into doggy daycare.
  • They will be well into the teething process and may be prone to chewing things to alleviate pain and other teething symptoms. Watch out for mouthing and biting. These are typical behaviors during teething. Poodles can retain their baby teeth longer than many other canine breeds, so do not be alarmed if their adult teeth have not started to grow in yet. This process may not begin for some Poodles until they are closer to five months old. Owners should be prepared with plenty of soothing teething toys to keep their puppy from chewing up furniture or other household items.
  • This may be an excellent time to discuss with your veterinarian when the right time to spay or neuter your Standard puppy is. Male Standard Poodles are typically neutered between about four and six months old, in part to prevent aggressive behaviors and tendencies from developing. Most females are spayed between 6 months and 12 months old. Females can reach their first heat between six months and two years of age, so it is essential to discuss this with your veterinarian sooner rather than later.

5 Months

  • A five-month-old Standard Poodle is nothing short of a handful. They will be large by this point; males can weigh between 32 and 40 pounds. Females follow closely and can weigh between 25 and 30 or more pounds. This is a time of rapid physical growth for your puppy. It is vital to ensure he eats three or four meals of high-quality puppy food. Around five or six months, owners can start to reduce feedings to three times per day.
  • House training should be almost complete by now, though there still may be the occasional accident. Behavior training and socialization are also essential if they have not already started. Teething behavior will be strong at this time. Owners need to be aware of this, as Poodles tend to take longer to grow in their adult teeth than other breeds. It may not be wise to allow strangers or unknown young children to be around a teething Poodle without supervision.
  • Their behavior is not aggressive but may be perceived as so as they try to alleviate the discomfort in their mouths. Puppies must understand feeding routines and be provided with plenty of time for physical activity. Significant changes to their schedule, diet, and surroundings can trigger unruly behavior and stress reactions.

6 Months

  • It may be hard to believe, but by six months old, your Poodle pup is basically a teenager. As odd as it sounds to have a teenager who is teething, that is a fairly accurate description of a Standard Poodle mentality at about six months old. Standard Poodles take longer to mature, anywhere from 15 months to 2 years. Adult teeth should grow in at six months old, and baby teeth should fall out. Sometimes, baby teeth may not fall out before adult teeth grow in. In these cases, veterinarians often remove the extra teeth during a dog’s spay or neuter procedure. Pavy should be eating three meals of high-quality, well-balanced puppy food.
  • A six-month-old Standard Poodle will be larger than full-grown small and medium-sized dogs of other breeds. Males will reach between 40 to 48 or more pounds females will be slightly smaller, between 30 and 35 or more pounds. Around six months of age, they will be close to their full height, around 18 to 22 inches from paw to shoulder. They will continue to grow taller until they reach about two years old. Standard Poodles generally stand between 18 and 24 inches tall. Keep in mind this is an average. There are Poodles that are taller and Poodles that are smaller.

7 Months

  • Seven months old Standard Poodle puppies are big, playful, and still a little bit clumsy because they are still growing. It is hard always to be sure of themselves. They will resemble a lanky teenager who has not yet grown into his body. Behavior-wise, they should be reasonably well trained, and house training should be an old habit. If you notice bathroom problems at this age or have concerns about teething or growth, it is good to talk to your veterinarian to ensure your Poodle pup is developing normally. By now, puppy vaccinations should be close to finished, and it is time to get out and explore the world.
  • Around this age, it is OK to start taking your Standard Poodle to dog parks and for walks in new places. Remember, he is still a puppy, so he must be kept on a leash and closely supervised. He may even be mistaken for a fully grown dog.
  • Weight gain may start to slow down around this time. Remember, puppies go through growth spurts and lulls. Males will weigh between 45 and 55 pounds. Females will range between 28 and 38 pounds or more. While your puppy’s energy level will still be relatively high, his behavior will likely calm down. Routines and schedules are essential to stick to. This breed will respond very well to positive behavior reinforcement.

8 Months

  • A male 8-month-old Standard Poodle will weigh between 50 and 57 pounds. Females will weigh between 30 and 38 pounds. They will still be putting on one to two pounds a week for the next three or four months. It is common to see both growth spurts and plateaus during these months. Make sure dogs get regular access to physical exercise, plenty of mental stimulation, and high-quality nutrition at this age. Poodles must be trained to walk on leashes and socialize with other dogs. They are a very good-looking breed and often attract attention.
  • Though they are cute and fuzzy, Standard Poodles are pretty large. It is essential to start training young and consistently reinforce it throughout their first year. An 8-month-old Standard Poodle will be quite large, and it can be easy to expect adult behavior from a dog of that size. Physical size does not relate to mental maturity.
  • These dogs still have a long way to go before they are considered fully mature adults. Even at a larger size, these dogs will still exhibit puppy-like tendencies and behavior. Owners must be patient and remember that they are still relatively young. Remember that though these dogs are large, their bones are not fully developed. They could still have soft spots and weak points, so high-impact physical activity is discouraged until they are significantly older.

9 Months

  • Around nine months old, Standard Poodles should be done with the teething process. This will help to mellow out their behavior and energy. This is an expected time for puppies to start testing their limits. Male dogs may want to establish dominance around this time, so owners must be especially vigilant about reinforcing obedience training. He may also start to be tired of his regular puppy games and activities. This is a wonderful time to introduce him to hiking, as well as new games and toys if you have not already.
  • Growth will continue, and owners can still expect their dogs to be gaining at least one to 2 pounds a week. Males will weigh between 51 to 61 or so pounds. Females will weigh between about 35 and 40 pounds. While there will still be some growth in height, it is not as noticeable or rapid as the increase in weight. Remember, Standard Poodles grow and mature until they reach about two years old.
  • At nine months old, they are still going through different stages of development and will have hormonal and physical changes happening to their bodies. Poodles tend to be quite hyper when they are puppies, so even at nine months, they will likely still have a lot of energy and need plenty of physical activity.

10 Months

  • Standard Poodle puppies should have well-established routines and behavior expectations by ten months old. If they are experiencing boredom, it might be time to increase physical activity or introduce new areas to explore.
  • In male dogs especially, dominant behavior will start to show up around this time. Owners need to stand firm and boundaries and behavior reinforcement. Do not allow your dog to take the upper hand. Once that happens, it is tough to regain that dominant role. Reaching out to an obedience trainer may be a good idea if you start to notice behavior and aggression concerns at this time. It is important to remember that though your dog may look and act like a fully mature adult, he is still not all the way there.
  • Size-wise 10-month-old males can weigh between 55 and 65 pounds, and females will weigh between 36 and 46 pounds. While there will still be some weight gain over the next few months, Standard Poodles will be close to reaching their full size.

11 Months

  • It is time to start thinking about switching your Standard Poodle from puppy food to adult-formulated chow. This is not something that should be done suddenly. However, you can begin to add a little bit of adult dog food to his puppy kibble to get him used to the taste of it. Over the next two months, gradually decrease the puppy chow and increase the adult dog food. Make sure to pick an adult-formulated dog food that supports a large breed like the Standard Poodle. You will want to ensure they are getting plenty of healthy proteins, good fats, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that support coat health.
  • For females who have not yet been spayed, this is an excellent time to talk to the veterinarian about setting this procedure up. Any dogs that are not going to have breeding purposes should be spayed or neutered. Doing this procedure young helps prevent some disagreeable behaviors and certain health concerns. Male Standard Poodles will be quite large by this time and wave between 55 and 68 pounds. Females will way between 38 and 48 pounds.

1 Year

It’s party time! Your Standard Poodle is one year old, and it is time to celebrate. Though they will still have some emotional maturity to develop, physically, a Standard Poodle will be fully grown at one year old. Males will weigh between 60 and 70 pounds, and females will weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. At 12 months old, your dog can switch entirely to adult dog chow.

By their first birthday, Standard Poodles should be well behaved, socialized, and somewhat calmer than they were a few months ago. They will still have plenty of energy. However, they will be well established in their daily routines and behavior expectations. They should eat three meals a day and have a relatively good understanding of good and unruly behavior. By now, your dog will have learned many different tricks and games and should be leashed trained. He should do well being around other people and dogs; however, temperament varies among this breed.

18 Months – 24 months (2 years)

By 18 months (about one and a half years), most of that puppy energy will have worked its way out of your Standard Poodle’s behavior. There should not be much weight gain, though these dogs may continue to fill in a little until they reach two years old. Their full height of 22 to 27 inches from paw to shoulder will be reached between 18 and 24 months or two years old.

A Standard Poodle is considered an adult, fully grown, and mature dog at two years old. There should not be any rapid weight gain or weight loss. If this is the case, it is best to consult your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical concerns. Adult Standard Poodles will need regular daily exercise, consistent grooming, and high-quality nutrition. They are large dogs and need a well-balanced diet to sustain proper growth and development from puppyhood to their senior years. A Standard Poodle is considered a senior dog when they reach about seven years old.

What Do I Feed A Standard Poodle Puppy To Help With Their Growth?

If your Poodle is on homemade yummy food made with love. You can roughly serve it 1 ounce of food for each 1 pound of body weight daily. It also varies on the ingredients. The rule is to start with 1 to 1 which your Standard Poodle should consume within 15 minutes.

  •   You can prepare a mix of protein, fruits &vegetables, and grains that suit your dog.
  •   Proteins include chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, and fish.
  •   Vegetables include sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, beans, peas, and potatoes.
  •   Fruits your poodle will love are strawberries, raspberries, apples, pear, and blueberries.
  •  Other food options can be eggs, salmon and olive oil, cheese, and plain yogurt.                         You should also take your Vet’s recommendation on giving your Poodle daily vitamins and minerals if your Poodle is on home-cooked food only.

How Much Should A Standard Poodle Eat Per Day?

Any puppy not eating for a while is usually okay as it might just be stressed or full. But there are also times when not eating for a long time will make you panic. Here are the most common reasons why your Standard Poodle puppy loses appetite:

They just moved in

Anxiety can cause any puppy to not feel well, which will result in loss of appetite. If you think about it, bad breakups and troubles with friends, family, and finances also make you not want to eat sometimes, right? That’s the case for a Standard Poodle puppy that just moved into a new home.

If that’s the case, your Standard Poodle pup needs to have some solo time when being fed as they are getting adjusted to their new environment. Don’t make them feel scared and keep them in a safe place when feeding them.

They have a toothache

Dental issues are also a factor that could make your Standard Poodle puppy lose their appetite. Get your puppy to a vet if you suspect that they have abnormally bad breath as that could be a sign of teeth problems.

They have a bad stomach

Perhaps your Standard Poodle puppy ate something bad? Talk to your vet right away if you suspect that your pup has some sort of digestive issue, which can usually be examined through their stools.

To avoid your puppy getting a bad stomachache, you should be careful when feeding them new food. Always prepare new food brands in small proportions first before feeding them a lot so that their stomach won’t get shocked by the change.

They might not like the food

A Standard Poodle puppy can be a picky eater, much like all other Poodle types. If your pup doesn’t like the food, why not whip up a new recipe? Most pet owners like to mix part dry and part wet food, as well as some home-cooked meals and raw meats in the dish. This might attract your puppy to eat.

What If My Standard Poodle Is Overweight Or Underweight?

  • Damage to bones, joints, and ligaments. Overweight animals are very likely to suffer from joint pain and even develop arthritis. Torn ligaments, especially in the knees, are also common for overweight animals. The damage caused to the bones due to carrying extra weight can be life-threatening should they break or cause a serious lack of mobility. Underweight animals may also be more prone to damage to these areas due to a lack of nutrients and strength.
  • Difficulty breathing. Extra fat in the chest can cause your animal to have difficulty breathing. It creates less room for lungs to expand and can make it hard for your pet to take a proper breath. Lack of oxygen can also further damage the lungs as well as cause great health concerns for the rest of your pet’s body.
  • Diabetes Mellitus. This is also known as “sugar diabetes.” It occurs due to your body creating extra insulin in response to excess fat. This can lead to your pet being reliant on medicine.
  • Heart Diseases. The extra weight will put extra strain on their hearts. This can cause damage and weakening of the muscles and eventually may lead to congestive heart failure. Having an underweight dog can also put a strain on the heart as their body tries to combat its symptoms.
  • Increased Blood Pressure. This is also known as “hypertension” and occurs due to the extra strain on your body to work properly.
  • Decreased liver function. The liver actually stores fat so, the more fat there is, the more fat there will be in their liver. This can lead to serious complications and even end up in the liver failing.
  • Increased surgical risk. This means that should your dog need surgery, them being overweight can cause them to be at risk. Circulation is important, especially for surgery. A damaged heart cannot effectively keep good circulation. Anesthesia can also be dangerous because extra fat will need to be burned for them to wake up from it, and if the liver is fatty, it cannot process the anesthesia normally, either. Underweight animals may need less anesthesia.
  • Decreased Stamina. It takes a lot of work to lug around those extra pounds. You will likely notice an overweight dog playing less, not wanting to go on very long walks, or even climbing stairs. If your animal is suffering joint pain from the weight, this will also lead to less activity.
  • Decreased Immune Function. When your dog doesn’t have a healthy body, it can’t keep them healthy as well, either. In order to be able to keep them at their best, their immune systems need every leg up they can get. Underweight animals are also more likely to suffer immune deficiency due to the lack of nutrients. Their body needs particular nutrients as humans do in order to fight off illness.
  • Skin and fur problems. Overweight animals tend to produce more oils on their skin. This can cause infections in rolled skin as well as hair loss. Underweight animals are more likely to have dryer skin and also may lose hair due to lack of nutrients and oils.
  • Digestive troubles. An overweight dog is more prone to gas and intestinal complications. Underweight dogs are also more likely to suffer complications with their digestive systems.
  • Increased risk of cancer. Cancer of the bladder is much more likely in animals of unhealthy weights.

How does neutering/spaying my Standard Poodle impact growth?

There is not a lot of research about this stunting growth. However, it can have a significant impact on development and bone health. Doing this too early can impact the length of time bones grow, weakening the skeletal system. In some cases, it can result in a taller than average dog.

How long does it take a Standard Poodle to reach full growth?

This breed will do most growing in the first year but can continue to grow until they are two or even three years old. They will be almost adult size around 12 months.

Are growth spurts normal for Standard Poodles?

Yes. Growth spurts and plateaus are normal for all breeds, Poodles included. All dogs are different, and there is no way to predict or control these. Always reach out to your veterinarian if you feel that your dog is growing too quickly or slowly.

Final Thoughts

The Standard Poodle is a regal, medium to large-sized dog. They will grow leaps and bounds in the first year. This breed grows for longer than many other breeds and will not fully mature until about 24 months old. When fully grown, they will be medium to large-sized pooches.

Males will be larger than females. Growth can depend on many factors, including genetics, nutrition, health, and physical activity. This dog will need to have top-quality nutrition to support growth and development. Knowing what milestones to look out for is the first step to helping your dog live a long, healthy, happy life.

Knowing what to look out for is a good start, and this Poodle growth chart offers general guidelines to look out for. Always consult your veterinarian about your specific puppy’s health and growth concerns.


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