Labrador retrievers are such amazing, fun and loving dogs. They have natural personalities that are irrepressibly sweet and effervescent. If you are here then you’re probably wondering how long it will take your puppy to get to this stage where you may say the same about it
Well, the Labrador retriever matures moderately fast. The maturation rate of these puppies falls in the middle of the road. Labrador retrievers typically reach adult heights between their 12th and 18th months. This means they are capable of reaching adult height from six to 12 months but possibly still filling out up to 2 years of age.
Stages of growth
Like humans as well these dogs come with different stages for their growth. Each of these puppy stages come with its own unique milestones as well as particular care requirements. So if you want to be able to take care of your dog then you should know what you are dealing with and how you are dealing with it.
Neonatal stage and dependence on mother dog: birth to 2 weeks
From birth to two weeks, puppies are completely dependent on mom for food and care, such as keeping themselves clean. The senses of touch and taste are present at birth. Neonatal puppies have limited movement and are capable of only a slow crawl.
Transitional stage and development of senses and weaning: 2-4 weeks
From two to four weeks, puppies become aware of and interact with their littermates as well as their mother. Their eyes open and their sight is well developed by five weeks. The senses of hearing and smell are developing; their baby teeth start emerging. During this stage, puppies begin to walk, bark and wag their tails. By the end of this period, puppies are able to eliminate
Training, vaccinations and socialization: 3-16 weeks
From four to six weeks, puppies continue to be influenced by their mother and littermates. They learn to play, gaining needed social skills from littermates, such as inhibited biting. The puppies also learn the ins and outs of group structure and ranking within the group. Puppies become much more vocal during this period, with the appearance of play barking and growling.
Establishing hierarchy within the group: 4-6 months
During this period, puppies grow rapidly and you may notice daily changes. Even though puppies are very energetic, don’t exercise your puppy too much, since he can overdo it.
Adolescent stage and continued training and socialization: 6-12 months
Like most adolescents, puppies are very rambunctious, so continue the process of training and socializing your dog during this phase. Socialization and training are necessary if you want your puppy to be comfortable and act acceptably in public places such as dog parks and beaches, or anywhere that she will meet new dogs and new people.
Social maturity and ongoing training: 1-2 years
By this age, your dog has reached adulthood, but changes in social preferences and habits can occur up to two years of age. Ongoing training will ensure a respectful and fun relationship between your dog and all human family members, which makes having an animal in the family a daily pleasure.
A Labrador dog has an estimated life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. With the Chocolate labradors having a short life range of 9-10. Dogs don’t just grow physically. Just like humans, dogs develop at different stages, and it’s important to take this into account when determining how fast a Labrador grows.