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Post by miya on Tue Sep 05 2017, 19:51

hi, my 6 1/2 yr old staffie son is 44 lbs. is that too much? i get mixed answers when i research it.
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Re: is my staffie over weight?

Post by -Ian- on Tue Sep 05 2017, 20:31

At that size I'm assuming you have an AmStaff, if so I would go more by looks and feel. You should be able to feel the ribs but not see them and there should be a defined waist.

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Re: is my staffie over weight?

Post by miya on Tue Sep 05 2017, 21:51

thank you, for the advice. but he is definitely an English, i do get him a physical every year blood work, thyroid, etc... and the vet always says that all the tests come back perfect. but obviously if 44 lbs is over weight i will need to fix that. worried

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Post by -Ian- on Tue Sep 05 2017, 22:01

Ok just done a conversion to kg and 44lbs comes to about 19kg which is fine but again it's more about look and feel


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Post by miya on Tue Sep 05 2017, 22:11

ok, thank you. i will do what you have suggested when i get home tonight. and i appreciate your quick response!

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Post by -Ian- on Tue Sep 05 2017, 22:12

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Post by miya on Tue Sep 05 2017, 22:16

thanks!

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Re: is my staffie over weight?

Post by gillybrent on Wed Sep 06 2017, 09:06

Don't get too hung up about the weight because every dog is different. the breed standard states a maximum of 38lbs, but i've seen heavier dogs which have been very fit.

if you can feel his ribs with light pressure and see the last one or two ribs he's fine.

Can you put a photo on so we can see?

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Re: is my staffie over weight?

Post by lexii on Thu Sep 07 2017, 00:21

Weight depends on so much more than breed. What height are they, what build, what do they do etc etc

19kg (44lbs) is not a huge weight for staffs, they are so much muscle which weighs more than fat so you really have to go by the body and what they look like not what weight they are. Assuming you are not in UK your dog may not be purebred staff, so its even harder to say what weight they "should" be.

If you are able to post photos, please do. We can't tell you what weight your dog should be, but we can tell you what we think of their body condition if we can see them.
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Re: is my staffie over weight?

Post by miya on Thu Sep 07 2017, 14:40

thank you. i did look at and feel him. you can't see the last 2 or even the last one rib and it is slightly difficult to feel them, so i am thinking less treats and more physical activity. and i do agree with the muscle weight, he is super stout and his muscles in his legs are shoulders and hind end are super defined, it seems just to be in his tummy area.
"Operation stomach slim down" will commence!  thank you all for your advice it is super helpful and appreciated!

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