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    boss weighs 25kg.. the vet said that he is a great weight also said that its hard for blue heelers to lose weight anyways..

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    You can't generalise. I have large sighthounds and they should never be fat. Borzoi won't have any padding over their ribs (or shouldn't have!) until maturity between 2 1/2 and 4 years. Some never do.

    And Salukis? If you can't see their ribs they are overweight. You should be able to see the last two at least. Fat Saluki's look like weird Labradors...
    The standard for Borzoi insists that "the back should feel rather bony".

    Carrying too much weight will lead these breeds to physical deformities - especially in legs - when growing, and pancreatitis when mature. Plus it is very depressing to see a fat sighthound who has the drive to run and chase but just can't... very depressing.

    It's easiest to see in the shorthaired larger hounds:

    Healthy Stepnanya Borzaya (Russian Steppe Hounds):


    Healthy Hortaya Borzaya (Russian Shorthaired Sighthound):


    Healthy Saluki:


    Plus I just like sharing pics - and that is an awesome Saluki shot!

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    Same as Newfies. You cannot let them get overweight whatsoever, and most breeders and veterinarians will really push home to owners about keeping their Newfie rather lean until they have fully finished development/growing etc.

    It's like humans, I guess. Our race just seems to be getting fatter and fatter due to our society and lifestyles. It's a shame when that ricochetes over to our animals. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post

    Healthy Stepnanya Borzaya (Russian Steppe Hounds):


    Healthy Hortaya Borzaya (Russian Shorthaired Sighthound):


    Healthy Saluki:


    Plus I just like sharing pics - and that is an awesome Saluki shot!

    Freaken hell is that what a "correct weight" dog supposed to look like in others opinions, IMO that's anorexia.

    Now i know why one of the reasons i chose to have Staffordshire's, @ least they are built solid & don't look like skinny sticks that are need of a good feed.
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 12-15-2009 at 09:25 PM.

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    LMAO@AF.

    Yeah, those pictures would freak a lot of people out!

    Remember though, those dog breeds were born to run and hunt. Not an ounce of fat on them. If they did have, they couldn't run so swiftly as they do. They are like lightning, are they not, nattylou?

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    They certainly are - they run like the wind, and all day. Our saluki boy Genie is usually a rake - supermodel dog! When he was a pup we had a foster greyhound straight off the track, with a decent winning history. He couldn't catch little Genie - at just 7 months old!

    Saluki's have the lowest body fat ratio of any dogs in the world. So they have trouble tolerating aneasthetics etc.

    These dogs couldn't run and hunt in their home environments fat, they would endager their health, and be subject overheating and collapse.

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    Jeez, that Saluki doesn't look like something you can cuddle up too does it Natty!!
    They are very graceful, elegant creatured nevertheless.

    Peta, I know its hard to get weight off an ACD/Blue Heeler. But that comes with owning the breed. Its your responsibility.

    Anne, I need your Pug photos
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    Well Deb, I like a skinny, lean dog.
    Its one of my biggest fears to let either of my dogs get over weight.
    Lades weighs 15kg and her breed should be 14-21kg.
    Roly 6kg and his breed should be 6-8kg. So he probs could put on some weight.

    Oh, and Nat, I want hound photos too!!!!
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    Well here's a good puppy shot. The legs are the giveaway - carry extra weight on them and they'll be ruined:


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    And thats your pup?

    More more more!
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