Is your

Dog's Condition/Weight Healthy?

The chart below will help you decide if your dog needs to be fed more or less to get to its healthy weight. Remember, the difference between healthy and overweight could be two years of your dog's life. If you are unsure about your dog's body type, compare it with the medium built dog.

Lightly built dog, German shorthaired pointer

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Good condition, well muscled with a taut belly, and the last few ribs are faintly visible.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over much of the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

Lightly built dog, German shorthaired pointer

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Good condition, well muscled with a taut belly, and the last few ribs are faintly visible.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over much of the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

Medium build dog, German shepherd dog

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Good condition, with good muscle definition, a taut belly, and the last three ribs are visible.

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Malnourished condition, with wasted muscles, the major bones are visible, and the belly is drawn up.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly, and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

Medium build dog, German shepherd dog

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Good condition, with good muscle definition, a taut belly, and the last three ribs are visible.

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Malnourished condition, with wasted muscles, the major bones are visible, and the belly is drawn up.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly, and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

Heavy built dog, African Boerboel

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Good condition, strongly muscled with a taut belly. The curve of the last rib is visible.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

Heavy built dog, African Boerboel

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Good condition, strongly muscled with a taut belly. The curve of the last rib is visible.

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Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

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Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

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Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

To get your dog to its healthy condition, simply change the amount you feed it. For overweight dogs, start by halving its food portion until it has reached its normal weight. For malnourished dogs, reassess what and how much you feed. Your vet should look for possible underlying issues. If your dog is close to ideal, fine tune by changing food portions by 20%

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