Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Jackie Castle
Just like it’s with people, animals shouldn’t be underweight or overweight. Either one of these scenarios will potentially make your dog’s life much harder. But what is the right weight when we’re talking about Golden retriever weight? What is the ideal weight, and what is concerning?
Golden retriever weight
According to the American breed standards, males should weigh between 65-75LBS, and females should weigh 55-65LBS.
If your Golden Retriever doesn’t fall into the suggested weight range above, that doesn’t mean that your Golden is not at a healthy weight.
There are many things that influence a Golden Retriever’s weight including, genetics, gender, lifestyle and spay or neuter status.
Different types of Golden Retrievers will have slightly different weight ranges as well. For example the English Golden Retriever and Canadian Golden Retriever.
The reasons for a Golden Retriever to be underweight can be due to poor nutrition or underlying illnesses! These illnesses could be diabetes, thyroid disease, and cancer, age, and parasites such as worms and Giardia.
In puppies underfeeding or illness will affect their development and can prevent them from reaching their full potential.
A Golden Retriever that is underweight for a long period of time is at risk of the following:
- Weak immune system.
- Increased susceptibility to illnesses.
- Skin & coat problems, such as hair loss.
- Hormonal imbalances.
- Slow wound healing.
- Shorter life expectancy.
- Reduction in bone density.
- Muscle loss.
Obesity in dogs is a huge health threat, and unfortunately, Golden Retrievers are at high risk of becoming obese.
According to a 2018 study done by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, it is estimated that 56% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese.
A study in 2012 showed that almost 63% of Golden Retrievers in the US were overweight or obese! This was more than the US National average of 52.6% of overweight or obese dogs. Sadly, not much has improved since.
Obesity can be caused by your dog consuming more calories than they are burning, as well as medical conditions such as Cushing’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, and a slower metabolism due to age.
Carrying around excess weight can put your Golden Retriever at risk for the following:
- Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
- Osteoarthritis (joint problems).
- Heart disease.
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- Respiratory problems (difficulty breathing).
- Liver disease.
- Compromised immune function.
- Increased risk of certain cancers.
- Shortened lifespan.
- Decreased stamina.
- Digestive disorders.
- Increased surgical and anesthetic risk.
As you could read there are many factors that go into whether a Golden retriever is at a healthy weight. However, generally speaking your male Golden retriever should weigh somewhere between 65 and 75LBS, and females should weigh between 55 and 65LBS. It’s very important that your Golden retriever isn’t underweight or overweight, because in both cases your dog might face serious health issues.