Dog Body condition

Dog Body condition

It’s important to watch your dog’s body condition.

Use the animation below to determine whether your dog's weight is ideal, high or low.

Do not hesitate to ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Move the slider until the image and the description match most closely the way you would describe your dog’s body.

Dog Body condition

Drag the slider button left or right until the picture appears to match your dog's body. Click on the ideal weight button to obtain a background comparison.

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Ideal Weight

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Your dog seems to be too thin.
Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too thin

Ribs, spine and pelvic bones easily visible on shorthaired dogs

Very narrow waist

Small amount of muscle

No palpable fat on the rib cage

Severe abdominal tuck

Your dog seems to be too thin.
Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too thin

Ribs easily visible on shorthaired dogs

Very narrow waist

Loss of muscle mass

No palpable fat on the rib cage

Very pronounced abdominal tuck

Your dog seems to be too thin.
Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too thin

Ribs visible on shorthaired dogs

Obvious waist

Very small amount of abdominal fat

Marked abdominal tuck

Your dog seems to be on an ideal weight.
Do not hesitate to ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Ideal

Ribs not visible but are easily palpable

Obvious waist

Minimal amount of abdominal fat

Your dog seems to be on an ideal weight.
Do not hesitate to ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Ideal

Well proportioned

Ribs not visible but are easily palpable

Obvious waist

Small amount of abdominal fat

Slight abdominal tuck

Your dog seems to be overweight.
Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Overweight

Ribs not visible but palpable

Waist not clearly defined when seen from above

Very slight abdominal tuck

Your dog seems to be too heavy. Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too heavy

Ribs difficult to palpate under the fat

Waist barely visible

No abdominal tuck

Rounding of abdomen with moderate abdominal pad

Your dog seems to be too heavy. Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too heavy

Ribs not palpable under the fat

Waist not visible

Slight abdominal distension

Your dog seems to be too heavy. Ask your vet during a visit to check your dog's body condition.

Too heavy

Ribs not palpable under a thick layer of fat

Waist absent

Obvious abdominal distension

Extensive abdominal fat deposits