Does he look fat to you?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Tala, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My boss thinks my Lab Mix is fat. [​IMG]

    When we got him a little over a year ago he was 82lbs and looked thin.
    He's now 107lbs and seems maybe a bit heavy from us not exercising much in the winter, but he's not fat enough for me to worry. You can still see his ribs if you look for them.

    What do you guys think?




    I should get DH to hold him for a good side picture. The vet noticed his weight gain and just said we should get a little more exercise - which is true, we used to walk 3mi/day but not when it's cold and we've had a lot of cold and snowy weather this winter.

    but can tell me if you think he's fat.
  2. scrambledmess

    scrambledmess Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    NW Ohio
    He isn't as fat as that golden mix on the back of the truck. I think the general rule is that you should be able to feel the ribs with some meat over them. If you have to push hard to find his ribs, he is a bit overweight. He looks like you might have to push to find his ribs [​IMG]
  3. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    He might have a little extra around the middle, but who of us don't!!! A couple walks and he will be back to his lean mean shape. Our Cocker Spaniel gained a pound and a half from her last visit and our Vet gave us grief... I don't know about his dog, but our's does not like to be out in the winter. She gets her exercise in the warmer months.

    Nice looking dogs...

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011
  4. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    Sorry, I think they're both pudgy, like me and my collie after a long cold winter.[​IMG]
  5. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Songster

    Sep 19, 2010

    He looks a little thick, but not something I would be concerned about. [​IMG]
  6. lindah2226

    lindah2226 Chirping

    Feb 13, 2011
    Gregory, Michigan
    he's cute and curvy. Looks like a very squeezy guy.
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    She is a Chow mix and she hasn't gained much of a pound since she matured. She's short legged, but her ribcgge is wide and she's still in her winter coat. I'm not worried about her since I know her weight habits. The Lab I don't know because we've only had him a lil over a year

  8. kooltex

    kooltex Songster

    Oct 15, 2009
    NE Tx
    He's a dumplin'. [​IMG] But I've seen them much much bigger. He's not bad.
  9. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Songster

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    I think he is a little fat. His back looks very wide in the second pic. But the best person to ask if it's anything to be concerned about, is your vet. Being overweight can decrease a dog's life expectancy------but I have no room to talk, as my beagle/Aussie mix is very overweight! I try not to give tidbits at dinner, but those big liquid eyes are so hard to resist. [​IMG]
  10. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and have owned several throughout my life. I have noticed that they seem to 'pork up' a bit in the winter. Maybe for protection from the cold water? I don't know, but she always lost weight in the spring and put it back on in the fall.

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