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    When does a large breed reach full maturity?

    I took my dog to the vet today to get her checked out with skin problems,and weighed her and she weighed a whopping 85 lbs.She is 14 months old.I have heard that dogs mature anywhere from a year to two and a half years. If it is the later,how much more is she going to weigh? I feed her regularly,no snacks or over feed.She's just a big dog.I was looking at another site and between the breeds I thought that maybe she would weigh 70 lbs at most.She looks like she's starting to get broader in the chest area.My wife said that a average female Golden Retriever weighs between 55-60 lbs and a Great Pyreness weighs 85 at most.She's a really big dog,like a large Golden Lab big.I'm just trying to guess how much she'll weigh.

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    Re: When does a large breed reach full maturity?

    I think its breed and dog specific. What breed is she? Or is she a mix?

    Ovcharka do not fully mature until 3 years, some Cane Corso take longer. I have known some Akita that did their final fill-out at 5 years! Blue's dad didn't finish until 6 years!!!

    From my personal experience, I would think it is safe to say a large breed dog, on average, will be fully mature (meaning they will not fill-out anymore) at age 5.

    For a medium sized dog, I would say 3 years is a safe number.

    For a small breed, I would say 1.5 - 2 years.

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    Re: When does a large breed reach full maturity?

    In the Rottweilers you don't see a lot after 14 months. 15 lbs maybe. No height gain to speak of at all, just general bodying out and maturation.

    In the Rottweiler you can see changes up until 4 to 5 years of age. Most dogs are in blooming maturity between 4 and 6 years of age in Rottweilers.

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    Re: When does a large breed reach full maturity?

    Quote Originally Posted by BradA1878 View Post
    I think its breed and dog specific. What breed is she? Or is she a mix?

    Ovcharka do not fully mature until 3 years, some Cane Corso take longer. I have known some Akita that did their final fill-out at 5 years! Blue's dad didn't finish until 6 years!!!

    From my personal experience, I would think it is safe to say a large breed dog, on average, will be fully mature (meaning they will not fill-out anymore) at age 5.

    For a medium sized dog, I would say 3 years is a safe number.

    For a small breed, I would say 1.5 - 2 years.

    She is a Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix. I just guessing how big she'll get when she is done growing. She still has a lot of pup in here,kind of like a 14 year old,doesn't want to listen,ignoring you at times,etc.I imagine she'll be a really mellow dog in her older years.She sleeps a lot when in the house,because there's nothing to disturb her much.

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    Re: When does a large breed reach full maturity?

    Check the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an adult's, the growth plates are still open and it is still growing. If not, do not expect much more growth.

    You may find this link interesting, http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/134/8/2027S

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