Poodle Size Guide_ How Big Does a Poodle Get_

With their impressive hairdos and regal attitude, a Poodle’s reputation precedes them. Pop a pencil into the hands of just about any person on the planet, and they can likely sketch one of these distinctive dogs in a flash. For this reason, if you are looking to get a Poodle, chances are you know mostly what you’re in for. However, you may still be left wondering just how big the Poodle size can be.

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Our handy interactive puppy growth chart and calculator takes all the hard work out of predicting your puppy’s potential adult size. This helps you to know exactly what you are in for.

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The good news is that these unique pups have an ancient lineage. This means that we have a very clear idea of their potential adult size, whether they be of the Standard, Miniature, or Toy variety. Scroll down to see the size by age tables for each type, and check out our interactive puppy size calculator to see how big you might expect your Poodle to get.

Poodle Size Predictions by Age

Elegant, proud, and clever, it’s hard to imagine Poodles were ever working dogs – yet it’s absolutely true. Poodle ancestors used to jump in and out of rivers, ponds, and lakes to fetch waterfowl for their hunter owners. They are also considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds in the world.

While commonly associated with France, Poodles actually originated in Germany, where even their primped-up, pompous-looking coat styles fulfilled a practical function. Namely, to protect the dog’s vital areas against the cold while avoiding the issue of overlong hair snagging on underwater debris.

Although frequently portrayed in the media as the snobs of the dog world, Poodles are, in fact, incredibly friendly canines who love being around their people as much as they can. These flamboyant pups are also athletic, energetic, and fun-loving. They are perfect for novice owners, families with children, and outdoorsy types, too.

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To help you pick out your perfect Poodle, here are the growth charts for each of the three kinds:

Standard Poodles

Age3 months6 months1 yearAdult
Weight10 – 22 lbs23 – 45 lbs34 – 65 lbs38 – 70 lbs
Height13 – 19 inches19 – 23 inches24 – 27 inches24 – 27 inches   

*A dog’s height is measured to its withers. This is the space between the shoulder blades.

As is the case with most larger dogs, Standard Poodles have their most significant growth spurt before they are 6 months old. In fact, by the time they are 3 months old they will have already reached around half their adult height, and at 6 months, they will have got to 80% of their adult height. 

Weight gains take a little longer. Standards will get to half their adult weight by 5 months, 90% at a year, but can continue to increase in weight until they are two years old.

Miniature Poodles

Age3 months6 months1 yearAdult
Weight3 -4 lbs6 – 9 lbs9 – 18 lbs10 – 20 lbs
Height5 – 8 inches8 – 13 inches10 – 15 inches10 – 15 inches  

*A dog’s height is measured to its withers. This is the space between the shoulder blades.

Despite the differences in size, growing patterns for Miniature Poodles sit much along the same lines as for Standards (which only serves to highlight just how quickly large dogs can grow in the first few months of their lives).

Miniature Poodles achieve half their adult height somewhere between 2 and 3 months and half their adult weight about 5 months. By 6 months, they will be at 60% of their adult weight and 90% of their adult height. Miniatures stop growing in height somewhere between 7 and 12 months but could continue to gain weight until they are 18 months.

Toy Poodles

Age3 months6 months1 yearAdult
Weight2 – 6 lbs4 – 8 lbs4 – 11 lbs4 – 12 lbs  
HeightUp to 8 inchesUp to 9 inchesUp to 10 inchesUp to 10 inches  

*A dog’s height is measured to its withers. This is the space between the shoulder blades.

Toy Poodles follow the small dog pattern of hitting their height and weight milestones a little earlier. Somewhere between 1 and 2 months they will get to 50% of their height and just about 100% of it by the time they are 6 months. In terms of weight, a Toy’s halfway point is 3 months, and they will have reached at least 80% by 6 months. These dogs stop getting taller at around 6-9 months and stop growing entirely by the time they are a year old.

Are There Different Sizes of Poodles?

As covered above, there are three recognized sizes of Poodle: Toy (up to 10 inches, 4-12 lbs), Miniature (10-15 inches, 10-20 lbs), and Standard (24-27 inches, 38-70 lbs). The larger dogs are the originals, bred for retrieving. Both smaller types came about later as the French cottoned on to what excellent companion animals this breed made.

Beyond this, people may also speak of Klein (Moyen) Poodles which fill the gap between Miniature and Standard Poodles at 15-20 inches in height and 40-50 lbs, and Teacup Poodles that are around 5-7 lbs. These are both unofficial sizes, and Teacup dogs are discouraged in most breeds because of the potential health implications of breeding dogs so small.

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There may also be some slight size differences between male and female Poodles. Yet, this isn’t quite as pronounced as in other breeds such as Huskies or German Shepherds.

Poodle Growth Patterns

The growth patterns for your Poodle are very much based on which Poodle they are and their potential adult size. Most dogs of every breed and every size do an exceptional amount of their growing in the first half-year of their life. With small dogs, this happens in the first three months.

Your Poodle will likely reach their adult height somewhere between 6 and 12 months. Larger dogs will continue to increase in weight for a further 6 to 12 months after that, although their growth rate at this stage will be much slower than before.

Additionally, this is why it’s particularly important that your Poodle puppy gets the correct nourishment he needs to grow that adorable little body into a healthy adult one. Check out these guides on best dog food for puppies here.

How Big is a Full-Grown Poodle?

Depending on the type of Poodle you have opted for, they might be anywhere between 7 to 27 inches in height and 2 to 70 pounds in weight at full size. As you can see, there is a massive range of Poodle sizes. You can get some idea of what to expect for each kind from the tables above.

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Beyond that, keep an eye on how your puppy is growing.

  • For a Standard or Miniature Poodle, you will be able to calculate their potential adult weight at 5 months by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.
  • For Toy Poodles, you will be able to calculate their potential adult weight at 3 months by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.

You can calculate their potential adult weight at 23 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.

A different formula you could use is:

  1. Growth = current weight / current age in weeks
  2. Adult weight = Growth x 52 (number of weeks in one year)

So, for example, if your 12-week old pup weighs 18 pounds. You simply divide the current weight by their age in weeks and multiply the result with 52:

18/ 12 = 1.5
1.5 x 52= 78 pounds

78 pounds would be the expected weight of your adult-sized Poodle.

At What Age is a Poodle Considered Fully Grown?

Poodles are generally considered full-grown somewhere between 12 and 24 months of age, depending on their type. For Toy Poodles, it’s 12 months. For Miniature Poodles, it’s 18 months, and for Standard Poodles, it’s 24 months. This is when they will have reached both their adult height and weight.

If you’re looking for a friendly, fun pup with plenty of smarts, the Poodle is a good choice and available in a whole host of sizes and colors. As the breed has been around for a while, the standards are pretty much set in stone, so you can know precisely what you are getting. Otherwise, if you want to keep an eye on your pup’s size as they grow, our interactive puppy growth calculator can help you do just that.

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