Originally Posted by LookingForTheLight
Hi. Thank you for the feedback. Yes, her father was an Australian shepherd (purebred) of 55 pounds, and her mother a GSD (purebred) was at 90 pounds. I can not easily see her ribs, but they are there. You can see a faint view of the bottoms ones. She does not look skinny per say, more of an athletic build. I am considering kicking up her food intake.
If all you can see is the outline of her rib cage, she is probably the correct weight. My 65 and 90 lb dogs get 2-3 cups of kibble per day in 2 meals. It has been my experience that dog food companies like fat dogs. I feed my dogs 1 cup less then the bag recommends on their current food, but with past foods it's been up to half the recommended. As she is still young and growing, her needs may be more.
Some good rules of thumb:
When seen from above the dog should have a noticeable waist.
You should be able to easily feel the ribs under a thin layer of fat
There should be a noticeable tuck to the stomach behind the ribs
If you can see each rib, more then the last rib defined she is to thin
If you can visually define spine or hips, she is to thin.
It is really hard to get weight off dogs, and there are significant health risks to being overweight. It will not hurt your dog to be a bit thin, but being overweight will hurt her.
Hope that helps.