|Rudy - March 2014
Rudy is an active dog. He's a big dog. He's not a fat dog.
Rudy is huge for a Labrador Retriever. We sometimes joke that he's part pony. Rudy was the first born of a litter of seven puppies. When we met him, he was nicknamed Fatso. Not because he really was fat, but because he was so big.
|Rudy - 9 weeks old
These days when some folks hear what he weighs, they immediately jump to the conclusion that he's fat and overweight. Labs are assumed to be fat.
A few days ago, while looking for something on the Blog Paws website, I noticed their links to Healthy Pet Tools including a Healthy Weight Calculator.
After filling in the information, I received the following result:
"UH OH! Unfortunately it appears as if RUDY may need to lose some weight. Dogs that are overweight are prone to a wide variety of issues, including arthritis and diabetes. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to check RUDYs body condition and develop a plan to get back on the right track."Rudy is not fat.
|Rudy is certainly not fat! He could gain a few! Summer 2013©ForLoveofaDog.com
When Rudy was 1 year old, I used a photo of him to illustrate how to measure for the properly sized elevated dog feeder. At only 1 year old, Rudy was already 26" at the withers.
|Rudy at 1 year old. ©ForLoveofaDog.com
According to the American Kennel Club breed standard for Labrador Retriever dogs:
The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog that possesses a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation...
Size - The height at the withers for a dog is 22 1/2 to 24 1/2 inches; for a bitch is 21 1/2 to 23 1/2 inches. ... Approximate weight of dogs and bitches in working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds; bitches 55 to 70 pounds. [emphasis is mine]When I measured Rudy the other day for this blog post, Rudy measured 27 7/8 inches at the withers. Rudy weighs 104 pounds.
To give you some perspective:
- AKC standards for Great Danes are a minimum height of 30 inches for males and 28 inches for females.
- Miniature horse standard height is 34 to 38 inches. The world's smallest miniature pony is reported to measure 24.8 inches at the withers.
Rudy at 3 years old - October 2013
As Kate O'Brien of SlimDoggy notes in a How to tell if your Labrador is overweight article for The Labrador Site, you first should have an honest look at your dog, then check to see if you can feel their ribs, and consult your vet if you're still not sure.
|Rudy - March 2014
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