Body Condition

Dogs vary in size among individuals and breeds. Observing and feeling a dog’s body are useful tools in assessing the body condition.

IS YOUR DOG IN IDEAL BODY CONDITION?
  • A dog’s body condition is considered ideal when they have a well-proportioned figure.
  • You should be able to observe a “waist” behind the ribs when the dog is viewed from above.
  • Any loss in muscle mass may diminish physical strength, motor coordination and result in a weakened immune system.

UNDERFED
Ribs are highly visible. Increase the amount you’re feeding. After 2 or 3 weeks compare again. Adjust until your dog exhibits an ideal body condition.

IDEAL BODY CONDITION
You can feel and see the outline of the ribs. Dog has a waist when viewed from above. Belly is tucked up when viewed from side. Maintain current feeding.

OVERFED
Your dog has no waist when viewed from above. Belly is rounded when viewed from above. Decrease amount you are feeding. After 2 or 3 weeks compare again. Adjust until your dog exhibits an ideal body condition.