Originally Posted by mojosmum
...My little boy now (Mojo) is only 24" and 54 pounds...
Actually, you do realize that Mojo is not small at that height... in fact according to the breed standard he is near the top of the height standard for showing without incurring any penalties. Now I will admit he is a little light on the weight for his height (as far as the standard goes) but it really all depends upon his particular build.
Originally Posted by Karbean
...I have seen a couple males with a recessive gene that surfaces and they grow to be over 100lbs and over 25 inches at the shoulder. In fact I was at a local dog festival in Ft Walton Beach Fla today and met two....one was 110 lbs and the other a solid 106 (not fat) and both 26 or 27 inches tall...
There are breeders who intentionally breed for a large Golden without regard to the standard. I too have seen some awfully large Goldens... one was almost 100-pounds but was also probably 27" and thus was NOT fat. However 3 other 100+ pound Goldens I've seen recently were not that tall (23"-25") and were just grossly over-weight... now that is a pity. Both height and body build will determine if a particular weight is healthy for your Golden.
Originally Posted by aubreya247
My new golden retriever puppy weighs 30lbs at 16 wks...is this normal? ...He's almost as big as my adult golden retriever, she's 4yrs and weighs 60 lbs... How much did your golden weigh at this age? ...He's also got wavy hair...is this a common trait for goldens?
And where puppies are concerned, I strongly suggest that its much better to be too thin than too heavy. Very young puppies (say under 4-months) should look slightly chubby and have some 'baby fat' but an older pup (especially between 6-14 months old) should be sporting the look of a gangly teenager... long and thin. The muscles, and thus heft, will come later as he matures into an adult, which many say takes up to about 3-years. Make sure you do the "rib/spine feel test" to be sure you're not over feeding your pup. I can't remember for sure, but I think our Sidney was in the 25-30 pound range at that age... and today Sidney is about 75-pounds and just barely shy of being 25" to the whithers.
Waves? ... our Sidney has some waves (we just love his waves and I sorta wish he was even a bit more curly) but I've seen quite a few Goldens with real curlie curls. Regardless of size or coat type, if they have that golden personality, then that's all that counts.