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Thread: Can You Be Overfed but Not Overweight?

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    Me and the other half dissagree on how much Ruby eats.

    He says I feed her too much. I might add we dissagree but that doesnt make him apply any more effort to feed her himself!

    My Argument is that she would be overweight if I overfed her.

    Am I wrong?

    Can you be overfed and it not always mean you are overweight but still unhealthy?
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    I don't know about being unhealthy if you overfeed, I do worry about bloat if you are presenting the dog with large amounts of food though too close to exercise.

    Also the type of food may need to be looked at. Is it high enough in fat etc for the dogs exercise levels.

    My dogs are all fed a little differently depending on their ages and exercise levels.

    My stud dog is very thin and despite taking him and a stool sample to the vet there is no apparent reason for it. He is eating the amount of a large breed dog of the same age. He will be 3 later this year.

    So I've ruled out health reasons and am just going with the fact that he had three bitches in season earlier on, then in rolled winter (he won't wear a coat during the day), he is a mad ball retriever, he is extremely muscly which also helps to burn excess weight.

    I know he is eating way more than the average 3yo Whippet.

    I would check with others of your breed to determine what is the average amount, though the waist line rarely lies, so if she's looking good I'd guess you are feeding right.

    People used to say much the same about me when I was a teenager thru to early 30's "where on earth does she put all that food", "does she have hollow legs" .
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    It can be harder to determine the coorect weight for a Bulldog just like Pugs.

    I have one Pug who has a massive barrel chest but narrow hips (just like a BD). He is also quite heavy for a Pug (at 11 kilos) and so people tend to believe he is overweight. If you look at his body though, he has narrow hips and comes in at the waist. I am quite happy with his weight and can in fact, just see the outline of his last rib as well. Looking at him front on gives a different impression though.

    I have another Pug with a very big lions mane. Again, people might think he is overweight. He isn't. Again, looking from above he comes in at the waist and the lions mane is all fur.

    My little bitch is easy to see if she is over or underweight as her body is more streamlined so any weight is noticeable.

    I have pics of them from above somehwere but I think they may be on my other pc. I'll post them if I can dig them up. You can see though in the pictures thread where I posted some pics of them on the beach that they are all a good weight.

    People often confuse a chunky build with fat though and that can be both owenrs and the public. I have seen many Pugs that are way too fat with their owenrs beleiveing they are meant to be a solid dog. Our breeds, the Bulldog and the Pug are meant to be solid, but not fat, and there is a HUGE difference between the 2.
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    Thanks guys, I will chase up those photos of yours Anne. I will also take one of Ruby from the top when I get home to see what you think.
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    Here is the thread in the photos section. Boofy is the big chested boy, Monte has the lion's mane and Olivia is the streamlined squirt.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...t-weekend.html

    I'll search for the other pics from above too.
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    I see what you mean about boofy, he is one Big chested Boy.

    Another question, about weight. Can there really be an ideal weight for a dog, as you said they are all different.
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    I don't think there can be. For example, look at my Pugs. The 'ideal' weight for a Pug is supposedly between 6 - 8 kilos "roughly".

    The standard states that the ideal weight is 6.3 kg -8.1 kg (14-18 lbs).

    Olivia fits this range at 7.1kilos
    Monte is 8.8kilos
    Boofy is 11kilos
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    Apparently a female Brit should be around 21-23kgs by adulthood.

    Ruby is 14 months and she is 25kgs. By looks I actually dont think it would hurt her to put on a little more weight.

    Not saying i want her to, I mean If she did I dont think it would make much of a difference!
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    Ok, I found them. Boofy is carrying a tiny touch too much weight here and I have reduced him a little since these pics were taken.
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    Are they all boof?
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