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Ideal Weight For All Dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Discussion' started by tommy3, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. tommy3

    tommy3 CH Dog

    There has been alot of people coming on to this board that have been criticizing healthy dogs and insisting that their overweight dogs are in better shape. I have found this chart on the internet and I am hoping it may clear things up a bit. The site I got this information from has nothing to do with the ADBA or game bred dogs. It is a general information site for all dogs. However, I do feel that there are exceptions and other websites will also state that a chart is not a good way to determine a dogs ideal weight. This is general information and please do not take it to heart. Do some research and you will see that different breeds will have different standards as to what is healthy. ie working dogs. Greyhounds for example will be considered obese by the chart #5. The same should go for APBT because they also are a high energy working breed. The truth is many game bred dogs body types resemble more to greyhounds than many of the non game bred dogs and amstaffs that are popping up lately IMO. Neverthless, any dog that falls into 6 or higher is obese.

    5 Ideal
    Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident.

    6 Overweight
    Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernible viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.

    7 Heavy
    Ribs palpable with difficulty, heavy fat cover. Noticeable fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be absent.

    8 Obese
    Ribs not palpable under very heavy fat cover, or palpable only with significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal tuck. Obvious abdominal distension may be present.

    It seems that there are members who feel that there dogs should stay in the 6-7 range. This is not healthy.

    Here is the link: http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/nv.html

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    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 19, 2005
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  2. pulldoginks

    pulldoginks Banned

    Thanks for the info
  3. nappydawg

    nappydawg Top Dog

    really good info. there are quite a few who need to take this and use it for their dogs sake.
  4. tommy3

    tommy3 CH Dog

    Bumped for all the people that think fat dogs are healthier than a dog with a few ribs showing.

    Notice that it says that a healthy dog's ribs would be visible with no excess fat covering and the waist should be discenible from above with a noticable tuck.

    It doesn't say that a healthy dog's ribs are not visible and that its waist should not be tucked.

    Ask your vet which is healthier. He/she may have the same chart somewhere in their clinic. Mine does.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 4, 2006
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  5. GSDbulldog

    GSDbulldog CH Dog

    Great post, hopefully they'll listen.
  6. rusty

    rusty Guest

    Thanx for that health chart I need to exercise my dog a little more, I thought he was good size but I see that he's overweight, great site helpful information 24/7.
  7. Riptora

    Riptora CH Dog

    Very good link, thanks for the post! I have one of these charts I got from a convention.
  8. *blackrock*

    *blackrock* Big Dog

    Ya know, for some reason..... I think they still wont get it.....SAD
  9. Marty

    Marty Banned

    They would say this dog is starved to death, this dog is as healthy as a horse ;)
  10. Riptora

    Riptora CH Dog

    I'de say there's something a little freaky about that dog Marty! No offense, it's not it's body either, it's something in it's eyes! Is it just me? It is after midnight!
  11. findrodhere

    findrodhere Top Dog

    Great looking bulldog, Marty. Is that yours?
  12. japangame

    japangame Big Dog

    Stop showing those beautiful dogs of yours damnit. LOL.........I get soooooooo inlove with them everytime i see them......

    Back to the thread.....Great post. Lets all hope they can learn from it. Of course there are always those people who know better than us,,,,,right?;)

  13. bad_rasta

    bad_rasta Pup

    HI my dog is 8 months, which category would you say he falls into?

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  14. NOVICE

    NOVICE Big Dog

    I'd say he looks just right for his age. Make sure you keep that spring pole nice and low to the ground like you got it now. Jumping up for the spring pole risks back injury. Very pretty dog you got there.
  15. 14rock

    14rock GRCH Dog

    He looks good for a pup, but you really need to get him off that chain. That chain is too big for any dog, let alone a small pup. You know the saying "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link" Well with that cheap swivel on there, that is the weakest link and you could tie a retractable leash to a tree and have the same security as that swivel is providing. Smaller chain + Bigger hardware ;)
  16. Marty

    Marty Banned

    Well he was talking to me at the time I took the pic, hes fine ;)
    Yeah, thats Beau :)
  17. Ja-net

    Ja-net Banned

    Thats a very nice looking dog Marty. He looks to be in great shape is that your dog? and how is he bred? He looks pretty big like around 50+lbs?
  18. looks fine for a pup but like rock said get him on a thinner chain it will end up straining his neck muscles i never put a dog on that thick of a chain i only use what is needed to properley contain the dog.
  19. dog looks fine to me his eyes look fine to usally the eyes that scare the public the most is the gold eyes for some reason,never could figure why but the public just dont like em much.but martys dog looks good to me real healthy to.
  20. Marty

    Marty Banned

    Yeah thats beau... heres his ped...


    Yeah hes the heaviest dog on my yard ;)

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