Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by Angel Chicken, Jun 15, 2007.
So many have been telling me that Kona is fat. What are your opinions?
She is definitely not fat, but it does look like she could lose a couple pounds. I would not be too concerned. If Kona is anything like my Charlie, now that it is summer and time to run, play, exercise more, those couple extra pounds will come off on their own in no time.
I agree with Charliesmommy.
A pic from above would be ideal though.
Here ya go
I agree. I think she could lose a little weight but it's not dire. :]
If she's like Tips, he looks a bit wide but you can't feel any fat over his ribs. It's odd.
I dont think she's fat she's just a very study little dog, she might could stand to lose a pound or two, but like Charliesmommy said, its summer and those will come right off...
I agree that she doesn't look bad. Pictures are always hard to judge; it's a lot better to actually put your hands on the dog. Having said that, I do keep my dog leaner than that. I think it was on this board that I read the dog's ribs should feel like the back of your hand when you run your fingers over it. I can feel distinct bones with almost no pressure.
She looks to be a bit over, but not much from the picture. If she has a football shape looking down on her and you can't feel the ribs easily, give her more exercise or cut her food back slightly.
Fergus was looking like her, a nice sturdy look, but I had to push in to feel his ribs. I cut his food back a 1/2 cup a day and he's walking a lot. He's down ten pounds and looking very fit now. I'm not as fit, but getting there, and my feet hurt.
I concur with the others...
Yup, what everyone else say. Maybe a bit overweight, but she also looks like a very broad girl! That may be why so many think she's overweight, she has a very deep chest! lol
Yes she is (thats what I was trying to say when I said sturdy LOL) but she isn't overweight at all...
Actually that was the first thing I noticed about her when I first bet her was how broad and sturdy she was (for a little one )
That's what I was thinking, from the pics she looks a bit chubby to me, but I can't really tell considering how big boned she is! Like other said, pics are deceiving sometimes, especially with a very big boned, short little girl like Kona lol
The best way to tell is to feel for her ribs and note the side indentation (or lack of) from above. She looks good to me, I just think she's a bit low to the ground so that might give an impression of a little extra weight even if there isn't extra weight.
That's what I was thinking... she's short, possibly making her look a bit more chubby than other dogs?
I can feel her ribs easily, hardly any pressure and you can feel them.
its better not to go by looks but check her weight. a little weight extra or less is fine since it depends on the dog's structure (he may have heavy bones), but if he's off by more than a couple of kilos, you'll know he needs to lose some. its better to exrecise your dog more instead of cutting down on his food. but increase teh exercise time gradually. give him time to adjust
I actually don't think weight is the most specific and accurate way to judge a dog's fitness. I've seen very healthy, fit dogs whose weight I was alarmed to find because so much of it was made up of muscle.