You’re lucky enough to have a new poodle pup as part of your family. Or perhaps you’re considering purchasing a poodle to bring into your family fold, and you’re wondering if you have the room for one.
So you’re wondering what age do poodles stop growing, and just how big do they get? Luckily for you, we have the answers.
First off, let’s look at the types of a poodle, and how big they each get.
The Three Types of Poodle
All poodles measured by height at the shoulder, (withers) and its height that differentiates the breeds.
- Standard poodles are any poodle that is over 15 inches (38cm) at the shoulder.
- Miniature poodles are between 11 inches and 15 inches (28cm to 38cm)
- Toy poodles are any poodle that stands under 11 inches (28cm) at the shoulder
You might have also heard other descriptive terms for poodles, such as royal standard, teacup and tiny teacup. These are just marketing descriptions and not recognised by any legitimate kennel club or authority.
When do standard poodles reach full height?
In general, the larger the poodle, the longer it will take to reach its full height. So, for example, if you’ve been asking when do standard poodles reach full height compared to toy poodles, it’s okay to expect the standard poodle to take that much longer to reach their maximum size.
In general, you can expect toy poodles to finish growing in height at around 6-7 months old. They may continue to get heavier for a few months after this, though, as they fill out and mature.
Miniature poodles can take up to a year to stop getting taller. Some can take as little as 6 or 7 months, the same as a toy, but in general, expect it to take a bit longer.
When do standard poodles stop growing? Standard poodles can take anywhere up to 2 years to grow to full size and maturity.
Predicting Your Poodle’s Eventual Height
While you can look at the breed of poodle you have as a general predictor of how tall they are going to be, sometimes, you want a better estimation because there can be a lot of leeway and variation in how large a particular dog can be.
There are a few things that you can look at when your pup is still a pup and use as a general estimation of whether they’re going to be large or small.
- Paw size: The bigger the feet, the bigger the person. Look at Michael Jordan. It’s the same with dogs. Larger paws lead to a larger dog, in every way. And that means they’re going to be taller, too.
- Growth plates in bones: Puppies grow much faster in the first six months of their lives, and a lot of breeds hit close to their maximum size at around the first year point. It is because their growth plates that affect how big they can get started to close up at around the six-month mark and are typically closed by the year mark. You can predict a dog’s eventual height by taking their height at six months, multiplying it by 100, then dividing it by 75.
- Loose skin: Pups can be born with a lot of loose skin, and the more skin, the larger they will get to grow into it. So if one pup has a lot more skin than their siblings, or it seems to stretch farther, they might just grow up to be larger.
What Age Do Poodles Stop Growing?
So now you know the answer to your question. What age do poodles stop growing? It depends entirely on the breed. Hopefully, you’ve found out everything you need, but if you’ve got any questions, let us know in the comments.