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Old 09-09-2009, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you know if your boxer is overweight?

Ranger seems fine, but I was just wondering how you could tell if they are overweight? What part of their bodies would you notice first?
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You should be able to see a couple of ribs if they are at a good weight. A little bit of a tuck in the waist too.
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I think the part you would notice first is around the waist. Boxers are a very lean breed and so if you start seeing the last few ribs and waist line disappear then its time for a diet!

Bear is thicker in the middle than Sully and Binga. I think it has to do with his breeding though too because you can see his last few ribs when he is standing up.

If I am wrong then someone please correct me. That is just my assumption.
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My Mo needs to go on a diet. She only eats 2 x's a day, 2 cups at each meal, but you can't see any ribs. Poor girl has a chunky mid section! Should I change her to weight control food and lessen the amount at each meal?
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I can't really see any of Ranger's ribs, but he has the tuck going on. I don't think he's overweight though. He's only 35lbs.
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The weight doesn't really matter. It's more in the way they actually look.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'll try to get pictures on here so y'all can tell me what you think. I still think he's ok. I was just more curious than anything I guess. I don't want to make him fat.

on a sidenote: I have to wait for DH to help me post pictures. This is by far the hardest forum to post pictures. It's so complicated.
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GTgirl; If you use a photo-sharing site like photobucket, you can resize the pix right there. You click right on the pic in photobucket, and a thing-ey will pop up asking you to edit your pix. You edit them to large or smaller, then copy the img. link to here...and Voila!! Pix. It took me awhile, but I got it, and I'm a total tech moron.
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Once they start losing the "waist, then yes they are starting to get too heavy, but you are talking about a puppy, they go thru so many phases with their weight, honestly, I don't think you need to worry..Genetics also plays apart, Samson never had the lean look going on, he was very stocky, never saw a rib and most of the time he didn't have a waist either, course then again, I didn't know his background, so no telling what he may have been mixed with With Angel & Flick because they are brindles, it's harder to see their ribs, so what I do is run my hands down them and check things out
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Once they start losing the "waist, then yes they are starting to get too heavy, but you are talking about a puppy, they go thru so many phases with their weight, honestly, I don't think you need to worry..Genetics also plays apart, Samson never had the lean look going on, he was very stocky, never saw a rib and most of the time he didn't have a waist either, course then again, I didn't know his background, so no telling what he may have been mixed with With Angel & Flick because they are brindles, it's harder to see their ribs, so what I do is run my hands down them and check things out
I would agree.
You can usually tell if a puppy is too podgy - they have a rounder look to them. Arbie started off as a podgy puppy - then he went very lean - and now he's a barrel - (funnily enough he still has quite a good "tuck up") so I would just wait and see. If at about twelve or eighteen months he's not showing a "slender but muscular look" then is the time to worry about cutting down etc. Hope that makes sense
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