So, you’re considering adding a Dalmadoodle to your family, huh? One of the first things you’re probably wondering about is “how big does a Dalmadoodle get?” In this article, you’ll learn all about the Dalmadoodle size and growth patterns. Plus, we’ve also prepared some helpful tips for you on how to predict your Dalmadoodle’s full-grown size!
Table of Contents
- Dalmadoodle Size: Intro
- Dalmadoodle Size Predictions: How Big Does A Dalmadoodle Get?
- Are There Different Sizes Of Dalmadoodle?
- Dalmadoodle Size Charts & Growth Patterns
- Dalmadoodle Size: FAQ
- Dalmadoodle Size: Final Thoughts
Dalmadoodle Size: Intro
The Dalmatian-Poodle mix is a fairly new crossbreed that we’ve seen emerging in recent years. Poodle mixes have become all the range, and we don’t see them going anywhere! That’s only good news, because there’s nothing quite like a little Doodle pup that combines the best traits from both of their parental breeds.
The Dalmadoodle, a.k.a Dalmapoo or Dalmatian Poodle, is such a sweet, cute-as-a-button crossbreed that makes a wonderful companion for singles, families, and couples alike. They’re highly intelligent, energetic, and best of all, they don’t shed nearly as much as the purebred Dalmatian.
So, if you’ve always wanted to get that cute, spotty Dalmatian, but welcoming such a heavy shedder in your family is not an option, then the Dalmadoodle might be the perfect choice for you!
Of course, one key thing to consider when adopting a dog is their size. This will help you determine whether or not you have the space at home to accommodate a pet, and even how much money you’ll have to spend on doggy groceries.
Dalmadoodle Size Predictions: How Big Does A Dalmadoodle Get?
The Dalmadoodle size can range anywhere from 20 and up to 70 pounds, with their height ranging between 15 and 23 inches. But like with other Poodle mixes, their size greatly depends on the size of the Poodle used in the mix.
The purebred Dalmatian is quite a large dog with an average weight between 45 and 70 pounds. They usually have a height of around 19 to 24 inches when measured from the shoulder.
On the other hand, the Poodle comes in three distinct size categories – Standard, Miniature, and Toy. Standard Poodles are in a very similar size range as purebred Dalmatians with their average weight ranging between 38 and 70 pounds. They usually stand around 24 and 27 inches, which makes them quite a few inches taller than Dalmatians.
Then there’s the Miniature Poodle, weighing in significantly less at 10 to 20 pounds on average. They usually grow to 10 to 15 inches tall. And finally, the smallest of them all, the Toy Poodle weighs as little as 4 pounds, going up to 12 pounds as an adult. They’re also quite tiny with their average height staying below 10 inches.
Although they can be bred with all sizes of the Poodle, the most common varieties usually include either Standard or Miniature Poodles. But like with other Poodle mixes, once the Dalmadoodle becomes more popular and well-known, we can expect breeders to introduce the Toy Poodle into the mix as well.
So, how big does a Dalmadoodle get exactly? Here are the average Dalmadoodle size predictions for Standard and Mini Dalmadoodles:
|Mini Dalmadoodle||Standard Dalmadoodle|
|Weight||20-40 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Height||15-19 inches||20-24 inches|
|When Full-Grown?||11-13 months||12-16 months|
*A dog’s height is measured from the withers, which is the highest part of their shoulder blades.
Are There Different Sizes Of Dalmadoodle?
As we learned in the previous chapter, the Dalmadoodle can come in various sizes, depending on the size of the Poodle used in the mix. But to be fair, even pups from the same ‘size category’ can vastly differ in size.
Mini & Standard Dalmadoodle
As the Dalmadoodle is such a new crossbreed, they’re most commonly bred with Standard Poodles. However, some breeders have already started incorporating the Miniature Poodle in the mix, resulting in a much smaller pup.
The Standard Dalmadoodle size usually sits between 40 and 70 pounds, and their height can range between 20 and 24 inches. Meanwhile, Miniature Dalmadoodles tend to weigh much less, about 20 to 40 pounds. They also tend to be shorter in height, generally around 15 to 19 inches at the shoulder.
How Generation Can Affect Dalmadoodle Size
With hybrid breeds, it can be quite difficult to predict the outcome. However, a Dalmadoodle’s generation can help us gain a better understanding of the potential outcome, including their size, coat type, potential for shedding, and more.
With purebred dogs, the breeding process is very straightforward – a breeder mates two health and DNA tested dogs and the outcome should be quite easily predictable. With crossbreeds, there are so many variables to consider, and we can’t really predict anything unless we know the exact genetic makeup of the pups. And that’s where generations come into play.
A Doodle’s generation is a way for us to understand how a litter of puppies were bred. Have they been bred by crossing two purebred dogs, or is one of the parents a Doodle? Based on that, we can make estimates about which traits will be more prominent in the litter. Still, keep in mind that a Dalmadoodle’s generation isn’t a guarantee about their genetics!
|1st Parent||2nd Parent||% Dalmatian*||% Poodle*|
|F1 Dalmadoodle (first-generation)||Dalmatian||Poodle||50%||50%|
|F1B Dalmadoodle (first-generation backcross)||F1 Dalmadoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F1BB Dalmadoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)||F1B Dalmadoodle||Poodle||12.5%||87.5%|
|F2 Dalmadoodle (second-generation)||F1 Dalmadoodle||F1 Dalmadoodle||50%||50%|
|F2B Dalmadoodle (second-generation backcross)||F1 Dalmadoodle||F1B Dalmadoodle||37.5%||62.5%|
|F2B Dalmadoodle (alternate cross)||F2 Dalmadoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F3 / Multigen Dalmadoodle||F1B Dalmadoodle or higher||F1B Dalmadoodle or higher||Varies||Varies|
*These are generic calculations only – genetics are rarely mathematically accurate.
Another thing to note is that the Dalmadoodle size can also range depending on the pup’s gender. Like with many other larger breeds, males can be slightly heavier and taller than females. Therefore, the Dalmadoodle size often ranges between 40 and 65 pounds for females, and between 45 and 70 pounds for males.
Nonetheless, gender doesn’t guarantee that a Dalmadoodle will be bigger or smaller. At the end of the day, it all comes down to their genetics, activity levels, diet, growth spurts, even placement in the mother’s womb, and other health conditions.
Dalmadoodle Size Charts & Growth Patterns
Puppies generally grow the fastest until they reach 50% of their full adult weight. This often correlates to the first six months of a puppy’s life, but smaller dogs tend to reach that milestone faster than larger dogs.
Interestingly, dogs reach their full adult height sooner than their full adult weight. So, if you’re noticing that your puppy is already quite tall, but their weight doesn’t seem to be catching up, it’s very likely that they’ll continue growing in weight over the next few months.
Tip for predicting your Dalmadoodle’s full-grown size: If you’d like to predict and track your Dalmadoodle’s size from puppyhood into their adult years, then be sure to check out our interactive Doodle Weight Calculator. Enter your Doodle’s type, estimated adult size, current weight in pounds, and current age in weeks, and get tracking!
Standard Dalmadoodle Size
Standard Dalmadoodles typically reach half their adult weight around 4.5 and 6 months of age, depending on their estimated size. They’ll then plateau at their full adult weight some time between 12 and 16 months.
Here’s a simple formula you can use to predict your Dalmadoodle’s full-grown weight:
Mini Dalmadoodle Size
The smaller variation of the Dalmadoodle – Mini Dalmadoodle – tends to reach half their adult weight faster, around 3.5 to 5 months old. They’ll then go on to reach their full adult weight between 11 and 13 months of age.
For predicting your Mini Dalmadoodle’s size, then try out this simple formula:
Dalmadoodle Size: FAQ
Depending on the size of the Poodle used in the mix, your Dalmadoodle’s size can range between 20 and 70 pounds once fully-grown. Their height ranges between 15 and 24 inches. As the Dalmadoodle is such a new crossbreed, they’re most commonly bred with Standard Poodles, resulting in a dog that weighs between 40 and 70 pounds as an adult.
Mini Dalmadoodles tend to weigh between 20 and 40 pounds once fully-grown, with an average height between 15 and 19 inches when measured at the shoulder.
Dalmadoodle Size: Final Thoughts
In conclusion, Dalmadoodles are the adorable, spotty companions that come in both “fun-sized” and “extra fun-sized” forms, thanks to Standard and Miniature Poodles. From the tiniest Mini to the most towering Standard, there’s a Dalmadoodle for almost anyone – if you’re lucky to find one near you. Although coming across a Dalmadoodle is quite rare as of now, be prepared to spot more of these pups in your neighborhood in the upcoming years.
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