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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:57 pm

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/2014/08/26/do-you-know-a-fat-dog-when-you-see-one/

Interesting!

Demps is definitely still pudgy, but not grossly overweight. Very difficult to keep his weight down when a certain man in the house keeps feeding him sneakily! laughing But he'll be back on his flirt poling again very soon. evil
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Yes but most dogs look fat to me, as it's something i'm a bit obsessed with, with the boys but then i love the look of a conditioned dog (not the extreme ones) and it's something i do with the boys a bit of body conditioning - hence why so many people tell me they are starving rolling eyes

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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:46 pm

does he look starved?



and chance?


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Post by LyndaW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:03 pm

I don't see too many overweight dogs on my walkies, tbh.  3 or 4 black labs and very occasionally two bassets.

Ella, your dogs look wonderful. Imho a dog is underweight if you can see their ribs and/or vertebrae. A dog is overweight if you can't even feel their ribs.
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:38 pm

problem is lynda you CAN see the boys ribs quite obviously it just doesn't photograph well due to them being white BUT i purposely keep them that lean as i like to see ribs on a short haired dog. Not every single rib but the last 5-7 depending on the size of dog

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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:46 pm

ah ha found it!

see this is the only photo that really shows how lean i keep the boys, stood oddly i know but hey


So yes his ribs are visible but he is the picture of health, I keep him this lean to help with the overheating, to keep as little weight on those hips as possible with plenty of muscling, and he pulls over a ton when we get weight pulling happy

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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:59 pm

Old photos but harv top down, not the typical barrel staffy that walks the street around here!


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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:26 pm

In my opinion, the ribs aren't a very good indicator of weight with dogs who are kept very lean from exercise. The pin bones are far more telling! If they still have a good covering of muscle there, with no extreme jutting bones, chances are they're fine!

Your boys are in great condition! hug
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:30 pm

Agree massively I think pin bones are definitely a big teller on a dogs condition!

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Post by LyndaW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Sorry, but what are pin bones?
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:45 pm

happy

I don't know how anybody could look at Chance and Harvey and think they're unfit/unhealthy in any way! Just look at those happy faces, shiny coats and bright eyes! Oh, and the bulging muscles. Kind of a give away! laughing

Sorry, Lynda! Pin bones = hip bones! Blame mum for that. She got me into the habit of saying 'pin bones'. tongue
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:46 pm

Well, actually, I think they're a part of the pelvis... But they look like hips. tongue
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:46 pm

Or am I just confusing myself? Pfft.

Forget it! Ask Ella! laughing Pay no attention to me and my insane ramblings! tongue
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Post by LyndaW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:48 pm

Oh, thanks Eleanor! Never heard of hips being called pins before, but I'm a southern dinosaur!
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:50 pm

Yeah easiest way to think about them is hip bones, if you look at the top down photo of Harvey where his hips are you can a dip which is the muscle in his legs if there were bones protruding there that would be his pin bones

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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:04 pm

Maybe it depends on where you come from! happy

I think a lot of people are used to having dogs who are healthy, but soft. Not that it's a bad thing, of course. Just means that there's a little layer of padding and the muscles are not quite as sharply defined. So when they see a very lean dog like Harvey or Chance, perhaps they automatically jump to the conclusion that they're underweight.
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:13 pm

I get not everyone wants a really lean dog but it's sad that so many people are used to there barrel on legs that they think the boys are starved and abused, and not the athletes they are sad

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Post by LyndaW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:13 pm

OK thanks Ella!

Well it's typical of our chats how we got from too fat to too thin in one small step!

My brother-in-law bought a 10 month old English Springer bitch from a local gamekeeper about two years ago (she had failed in retrieving or something). Despite her somewhat camaflouging longer hair, she was definitely too thin - her backbone stuck out like little knobs all down her back, and she felt like a bag of bones to stroke. It took a while, he didn't feed her fattening foods like so many of us might have been tempted to, and she is now the very picture of health - like Chance and Harvey.
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Post by Dave on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:32 pm

Tilly is podgy and I am sure my OH sneak feeds her but it is deceiving as she is very compact whereas Tommy is balanced and I think he is in nice shape without being ripped
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:32 pm

Well you know how it goes on here we go from extreme to another laughing

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Post by LyndaW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:43 pm

From what I've seen of Tilly she doesn't look fat! And Tommy of course looks fabulous.

How do ripped dogs do in shows?
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:01 pm

I can't imagine ripped dogs do well in show rings, I can imagine the boys wouldn't

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Post by Dave on Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:07 pm

ripped dogs are actually quite common but not ripped to the point where they look like whippets with muscles happy Tommy needs more definiotion to compete against dome of the dogs

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Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:16 pm

I'd love to say Dempsey is just very well built, but... laughing If only the men of the household would stop feeding him junk food!

Although he's doing really well, considering my brother has been home for the summer and has been feeding him by the bucket-load when we've not been looking. His waist is quite well defined and we can see a gentle outline of a couple of his ribs.
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Post by ella on Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:20 pm

laughing

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