A weight discussion: how far is too far?

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  1. Picklepaige

    Picklepaige Active Member

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    What is your definition of an ideal weight, and do you think your dog fits that ideal?

    Does anyone have any pictures to compare a "fat" dog to a "normal" dog to a "skinny" dog?

    Do you think some people take it too far (either way?)

    The reason I ask, is because I was looking at pictures of APBTs at an ADBA show, and some of them just looked unhealthily skinny. But maybe I'm just not used to it?

    Just so people don't think I'm one of those "OMG YOU CAN FEEL HIS RIBS HE'S EMACIATED" type of people, I think this dog is an acceptable weight for ADBA condition. The pictures I saw had dogs that were MUCH more skinny.

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  2. MandyPug

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    Honestly ask 3 different people and you'll get 3 different answers.

    This is Izzie in February, she was 19.5lbs or so.
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    This is Izzie as of 3 weeks ago, at 13.5lbs or so.
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    According to people in the Pug breed, she was already skinny in the first picture. They'd consider her in the second picture to be emaciated even though you can't see hips, ribs or spine. She's lost 6lbs and that's about as far as i'm going, we're just toning now. I wasn't starving her or super exercising her either, just a small decrease in food and a small increase in activity.

    ETA: This is what is considered a good weight for a Pug. He i believe represented the Pug at westminister and pug people raved and raved about how "muscled" and "toned" and "fit" he is.

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  3. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Some people at ADBA trials just withhold food and water for a few days before the show to make the dog look way more conditioned than it is. In anyway sport, you'll find people that take something to an extreme - so if highly conditioned dogs are in, somebody's going to take it too far, naturally. That dog's weight doesn't bother me but I've ADBA dogs that are better muscled, hehe.

    Yep. Apparently my pup is underweight according to some people on here - meh, I'm happy with her. Go figure.
     
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    Snipe came to me fat imo. I had to really work to feel her ribs, and she was approaching tube-shaped from above. She was 26lbs.
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    A few weeks later we had dropped weight but still weren't very muscled. At 23lbs:
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    And now she's nicely muscled. 6+ ribs are visible when she moves, which is a bit on the light side for my preferences, I'd rather it be around 2-3. She's 24.5lbs now.
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    In general, I find that my dogs look best when they are on the low end of normal on most body condition score charts. This means that when they are moving I can see a few ribs, but not all of them, all 4 have easily palpable ribs and hips with a sliiiight fat layer, and the spine is palpable but not visible.
     
  5. Linds

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    I think ideal weight varies greatly from dog to dog, owner to owner so on.

    I'll be honest, I've never seen a dog in person (that wasn't ill) that I would classify as "too skinny" other than a friend of ours greyhound/collie mix. And he stayed underweight because he hated to eat and in turn he's stayed very healthy for a very long time. He's in his upper teens now and only in the last year or so has really felt the pains of arthritis.

    ANYWAYS, before I digress even more: I tend to see either over weight dogs and/or under muscled dogs. And I would much prefer to see a little under the ideal weight rather than over it.

    So I guess my definition of ideal for my dogs is on the lean side. I don't like a lot of rib covering and I like to see muscle. If I just have the lack of fat without muscle (assuming they are being exercised) I would worry they aren't eating enough.

    Traveler pretty much fits my ideal for him. When you put your hands on him his ribs are easily felt, his spine isn't seen but it can be found and felt easily. His hip bones are a little gutty but they always seem to be even when he was carrying more weight than I like.

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    And I like that even though he's thin he's got muscle

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    Kaylee on the other hand is NOT at her or my ideal. She's fat, she's always been fat and even when she's biking 7 miles a day and running off leash she's fat, just more muscular.

    Her ribs are padded and she doesn't have as much of a waist and tuck up as I would like (some of that is the spay belly skin though)

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  6. Picklepaige

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    I think she looks great! I've never seen an even remotely fit pug before!

    And I definitely agree that it is a subjective answer. I tend to like dogs on the thinner side of normal, while most like dogs on the obese side of normal :rolleyes:

    And huh, I didn't know that about withholding food and water. That...sucks. A lot.

    And yeah, that's not the best muscled dog, but that was the first picture I saw on Google images haha. I agree that there are much better...Lilbit comes to mind.
     
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    There's a little variation depending on breed. I mean, Juno is deep-chested with a dramatic tuck up... obviously not all dogs are built to look like that.

    In general I think you should be able to feel ribs just by running your hands along them (and I mean gently, not having to PUSH in lol). You want a thin layer of fat covering them. But I don't want to see ribs jutting out, and I don't want to see hip bones.

    Juno is at my ideal. In this photo, it's hard to tell cuz the lighting sucks but you can see the outline of a couple ribs. You can also see the end of her ribcage and an obvious waist. Oh, and thigh muscles. :p
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    My brother's dog used to be like, emaciated skinny. Ribs, hip bones, spine sticking out. She was deemed healthy by a vet, she was eating... there was no explanation for why she was so freaking skinny. She's 5 years old now and is finally filled out and normal looking, but that just occurred within the past year or so.
    Here's a picture of her from behind, she's the small one on the left--I don't know if you can appreciate how bony she looks, or if I only notice it because I know it's there...
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    And a side shot which probably doesn't really show it either
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    Lucy is slightly overweight (better now than she used to be) but she's so floofy that you don't really notice it in pictures.

    And YES, people absolutely go too far in both directions.
     
  8. Saeleofu

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    Izzie looks FANTASTIC!

    I think Gavroche is at an ideal weight now. Still working on conditioning, but from a year ago the difference is HUGE. He was at 51 pounds as a low, and is now 54 pounds. The only real difference is muscle. He topped out at 67 pounds, and althoug most people wouldn't say he was fat, he really was. But a somewhat fat boxer still looks skinny to some people because there's still a significant tuck.

    This was 2+ years ago at 57 pounds, what I thought was an ideal weight at the time. Now I think he looks a little thick in that picture, and not really toned.
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    This is around 65 pounds, and I think he looks terribly fat. His muscle tone also really sucks. This was around a year and a half to 2 years ago. He was definitely hypothyroid by this point, I just didn't realize it. He was constantly bouncing from 57 pounds to 65 pounds - if I fed him more than 1 1/3 cups a day he'd balloon up (eventually he was eating less than a cup a day and STILL gaining)
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    This was maybe 9 months ago at around 55 pounds, but after losing 12 pounds and not being toned he looks thin and flabby
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    This was a few months ago at around 52 pounds but a little toned
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    This was around the same time, from the top
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    And because I <3 them, his shoulder muscles from about 4 months ago - he's even more muscle-y now <3 <3
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    So it has a lot to do with breed, muscle tone, build, etc. To me Gavroche looks thinner in his 55 pound picture than he does in his 52 pound picture, just from lack of muscle tone and flabbiness. He also has his spine sticking out at an ideal weight - and that's one reason I thoguht 57 pounds was good, since it was the point where his back bone didn't stick out. But really, he's just built weird. And he's not as dramatic in the tuck department as most boxers. I still really, really suspect there's some American bulldog in him.
     
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    I think this shows some of the consistency in the body condition I like. ;)

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    Of my dogs, Kes is the hardest to build muscle on - and he was neutered at 14 weeks, go figure. ;) He's *finally* getting nice muscling now that he's 3yo and we're doing more swimming, schutzhund, etc. regularly.

    Ziva is fairly inactive but does sport a nice physique naturally I think. Both Aeri and Snipe are building nice muscle without a lot of work, too, but they are more active in general and young intact dogs on top of that.
     
  10. Picklepaige

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    Thanks for the pictures everyone, I really appreciate them!

    Linds, I think I'm the same as you as to what I prefer. I like to easily feel bone, and see the last few ribs, especially if they are moving. Fat dogs make me want to cry, which is awful, since my parents keep Maggie at an atrocious weight, because God forbid a dog have a tuck up.

    And Kaylee looks like she is built like Reecie. Was she spayed young? I've noticed that dogs who are altered young generally have the same type of build. Reecie is a good weight, you can feel her ribs, spine, and hips easily, but you can't tell in pictures because of how awkwardly proportioned she is.

    And, on the topic of underweight vs undermuscled, how would you guys describe this guy? He was just brought into the shelter I volunteer at. Emaciated, underweight, undermuscled, or a combination?

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    Also, Logan is much harder to tell from looking at him what his body condition is. He took FOREVER to fill out. He was eating 5 cups a day when I got him from the breeder and was STILL a skinny little thing. He's at an ideal weight and condition now - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the muscles in his thighs. It just doesn't photograph well. His hips threw me off a few times in checking body condition. He would look fine elsewhere and his hips would be sticking out. Now he's finally evened out (probably has a LOT to do with physically maturing) and he looks great all over.
     
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    Elsie is way skinny right now. She hasn't filled out yet, though, and she eats a ridiculous amount of food. I'm selfishly glad she has so much coat--strangers can't tell how small she is, so I don't get comments. She does have a lot of thigh muscle and quite a bit of shoulder muscle, and her temporalis muscle is, for whatever reason, bulky and strong.

    I'd like her to be more muscled, and I'd like some fat over her hips. I'm sure that'll come with age, though. She's 14 months old now.

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    This is the most recent standing picture I have of her.

    Zobby, my boyfriend's dog, is fat. Part of it is his body shape, but he is overweight. He does have fabulous back muscles, though, and he runs 2 miles a day with my boyfriend, now.

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    For the record, I think that dog is disgustingly underweight, but what do I know ;)
     
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    I'd call that emaciated. He's undermuscled, too, but that tends to come with emaciation. Lack of food isn't really good for building muscle.
     
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    I prefer dogs on the thinner side. Harleigh has gained a few pounds, but I really loved her at around this weight (maybe even a tad skinnier - oh the horror according to some haha)!

    Thought she looked great, but I'm glad she's gained a little bit more muscle.

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    Its often hard to tell in pics. Like that one pic of Keeva that made her look really skinny. Maybe I would think that IRL, maybe not...

    Also hair makes a big difference. You don't even need THIS much hair
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    Though really she could be all bony and in a pic you would have no idea.

    I really liked Kat at this weight
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    but even with her shortish hair it was dense, she is thinner that she looks in that pic

    Now take Dekka
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    She really doesn't look thin in this pic at all. Yet when we got home and shaved her due to hot spots she was thinner than the dog in the OP. You could pretty much see every rib and holy cow did she have muscles. Sadly I didn't take a pic, I might get Maf to shave her again sometime just so I can get a really good pic of her structure. And she dries so much better with out her super super dense mohawk lol.
     
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    Yes that is definitely emaciated, of the abused variety. We had a dog like that come into work last month (a few of my coworkers run a rescue organization together) and in just 2 weeks time he had really packed on the weight! The photo transformation is dramatic; amazing what a little bit of food can do...
     
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    I like my dogs thick, yet lean. My male, for example..

    Thick.
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    And lean.
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    That poor dog is emaciated. :(

    I like to see lean for proper breed body type. Sawyer is pretty much impossible to get a picture of his body type without him being soaking wet and seeing as how it's 15 with a foot of falling snow on the ground, we're not going to do that. ;)
     
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    I prefer dogs on the lean side, but muscular.

    Yeah that dog is pretty emaciated. :( I hope he is able to get healthy.
     

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