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Thread: What body condition for working dogs? How thin do you like them?

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    Default What body condition for working dogs? How thin do you like them?

    What appearance do most people like to see on their dogs in working condition? I have a 13 month old male that is VERY thin, you can't see his ribs when he is just standing there looking forward but when he turns real hard you can see the last couple. I like him this way because his stamina is through the roof and he is fast as lightning.

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    Thin to win...
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    It's the way I like mine also
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    Glad to hear that. I was told the other day my dog looked too thin by a guy who's dog to me looked like she could stand to lose several pounds.

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    Lots of people's dogs are fat. Often when I was taking in dogs the first thing I had to do was put them on a diet.
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    Yeah I honestly think, especially in labs, people are just accustomed to over weight dogs so when they see one that is truly in shape they think it is underweight.

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    My male is around 73lbs. Can't see his ribs, but they are easy to feel. I've been told my dog is too thin by a number of pet owners, yet when he goes to the vet I'm always told how good of shape he's in. I have to agree that most people are used to seeing chubby dogs so when they see one in good shape they think it's too thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newf View Post
    My male is around 73lbs. Can't see his ribs, but they are easy to feel. I've been told my dog is too thin by a number of pet owners, yet when he goes to the vet I'm always told how good of shape he's in. I have to agree that most people are used to seeing chubby dogs so when they see one in good shape they think it's too thin.
    Same response I get from my vet. He always says my Chessie is the only fit retriever he sees all day.

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    What do you look for when trying to maintain that good working "fighting" weight? Ribs, hip bones, waistline.....

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    I'm overweight but my dogs aren't.

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