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    Question Size and Weight?

    Just wondering about size and weight of dogs..or more appropriately, how they should look at their correct weight.
    My cocker spaniel is about 8kg (she's litttle, the runt), and I have to keep on top of what she eats, as she will gorge on whatever is available.
    I've heard some people say that you should be able to see the dogs ribs (at the rump end), and that their waist's should be fairly slim. I know a koolie who's very slim (can see ribs and spine - although, he's very short haired, long legged etc), IMO far too slim, but apparently, according to his vet, he's a healthy weight.
    So, how do you really know? I suppose that there are an array of opinions, as with us humans, about whats healthy - expept that our dogs rely on us.
    I look forward to hearing what others think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkiea View Post
    Just wondering about size and weight of dogs..or more appropriately, how they should look at their correct weight.
    My cocker spaniel is about 8kg (she's litttle, the runt), and I have to keep on top of what she eats, as she will gorge on whatever is available.
    I've heard some people say that you should be able to see the dogs ribs (at the rump end), and that their waist's should be fairly slim. I know a koolie who's very slim (can see ribs and spine - although, he's very short haired, long legged etc), IMO far too slim, but apparently, according to his vet, he's a healthy weight.
    So, how do you really know? I suppose that there are an array of opinions, as with us humans, about whats healthy - expept that our dogs rely on us.
    I look forward to hearing what others think...
    I wouldn't say you should be able to see the ribs, but you should be able to feel them...if you get my drift. If you can't feel them...then your pooch is carrying fat. My staffies are at perfect weight...you can't see their ribs unless they are lying down on their back...but you can feel the ribs if you run your finger over them...hope this helps

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    I agree it is difficult to know exactly what is the 'right' weight for you dog. As Cleasantra said I think you should be able to feel the ribs not see them. Having said that I have been told it is better for a dog to be slightly underweight than overweight.

    In a long haired dog it is harder to see if they are a bit skinny because of all the fur so go by how your dog feels.

    Just found this on Google if it helps. Not sure if you have an American or English Cocker Spaniel.

    The American is slightly smaller with a weight range of 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg.).

    The English weight range was quoted as Dogs 28-34 pounds (13-16kg) Bitches 26-32 pounds (12-15kg)

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    I second what Cleasanta said.

    Dog should have a bit of an indent for a waist. Spine should not stick out (that's too skinny or ill). You may have to soak a spaniel to see the details.

    I can't see Frosty's ribs but she's got a definite waist and a fair bit of muscle definition but she also has a very short coat. I've got no definite target weight to go by because she's a bitza (blue heeler x). But 21kg seems nice. Depending on how much muscle not fat she's carrying - you have to remember muscle weighs more than fat. Actually lots of muscle is why some Staffies sink when they hit water.

    Some dogs are boxier in shape and some are very long and lean so that's not much of a guide. Waist should be in proportion to the chest for the breed, if the chest is broad, the waist doesn't need to be tiny - just defined / noticeable. A whippet might have a tiny waist but a cocker probably wouldn't.

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    Can't add more, those above have covered this for you beautifully.

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    hmmm, good to hear everyones opinions, and yes DA, covered beautifully. Thanks. I'm pretty happy with my cockers weight, she looks healthy.
    I'm now wondering if she's an american or english cocker. I adopted her from her 2nd or 3rd owner about 18 months ago, when she was 6.5. She seems to be the weight of the american, but looks more like the english. I assume that the grown hair could be a little more tell-tale, but I've never let it grow cos of the qld heat.
    Would anyone here tell someone else that they thought that their dog was under (or over??) weight? The owner of the koolie I know seems to be otherwise well looked after, but just seems too skinny to me.

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    even by feel it can be tricky, my female dog wasnt fat she have definition etc but when she was desexed the vet said she had a lot of abdominal fat and needs to loose a few pounds lol.
    But i do think the feel test is best rather than weight.

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    What everyone else has said. Feel, but not see the ribs.
    You shouln't have to apply any pressure to their side to be able to feel them. That goes for bully breeds too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkiea View Post
    hmmm, good to hear everyones opinions, and yes DA, covered beautifully. Thanks. I'm pretty happy with my cockers weight, she looks healthy.
    I'm now wondering if she's an american or english cocker. I adopted her from her 2nd or 3rd owner about 18 months ago, when she was 6.5. She seems to be the weight of the american, but looks more like the english. I assume that the grown hair could be a little more tell-tale, but I've never let it grow cos of the qld heat.
    Would anyone here tell someone else that they thought that their dog was under (or over??) weight? The owner of the koolie I know seems to be otherwise well looked after, but just seems too skinny to me.
    Point blank, a huge majority of per owners find healthy dogs underweight. They are often incorrect. Not always, but often IMO.

    Some breeds need to be kept very lean when growing up as it is better on their joints and bones. Some dogs just don't seem to put on much weight and their metabolism keeps them very lean.

    I would sure rather have a lean (or what others depict as skinny) dog any day than an overweight one.

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    Thank god Anne!!

    I see waaaaaaaaaay too many fat Pugs. Honestly, its put me off the breed all together. Including Blue Heelers and Labs. I've met too many fat ones, its sad really
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