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01-31-2014 10:06 PM
CelticGlory Not only that RobK, they don't get walked as much either!
01-30-2014 10:35 AM
robk While I have learned to be careful about rendering opinions on this forum, I have to say one thing. It has been my experience that dogs do not necessarily get fat from eating too much. They get fat from eating the wrong things. Too much cheap food laden with carbs that turn into sugar will make your dogs fat. Next time you see an obese dog, ask the owner what they feed. See if I am right. I feed my 3 over 50 lbs of raw meat/bone/organ per week and they are as lean as greyhounds.
01-30-2014 09:01 AM
Originally Posted by Nikitta View Post
Well he/she looks at you with those eyes!
I can't resist those eyes And they sit so nicely! They especially love pizza crusts!
01-29-2014 10:38 PM
JackandMattie It's tough to change people's minds on this topic. I still try. In a roundabout (and probably manipulative) way. When people comment that my dogs are skinny, I flash a Huge Grin, and say "Thank you!! I like to keep them Fit!" and add that's cause I love them so much and want them to live as Long as Possible!!! They are certainly not underfed, lol. But it would break my heart to own an obese dog I want every year I can get with mine. It really hurts when they pass too soon

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01-29-2014 08:41 PM
Darth_Ariel I have family who are proud to "fatten up" all of their pets because it "makes them happy".
But at the same time comment on how they're having a hard time breathing/health issues and say it must just be old age.

Seriously can't stand the attitude that it's good to feed them whatever they want just because it makes them happy in that moment (or multiple moments I guess when you feed them junk non stop)
01-29-2014 12:32 PM
middleofnowhere I had one that it was hard to keep under 100# At 92, she was lean. She was barrel chested and long coated so she looked fat but at 92 her ribs were right there.

Dogs are different. Some are picky eaters and easy to keep lean, others are chow hounds and present much more of a challenge.
01-29-2014 08:27 AM

This is a good thread as it caused me to start thinking about my Zeus' weight. He's 102 now at 16 months.

His father tipped the scales at 135 and his mother at 108 when he was conceived.

Now, these are not your average U.S. GSD working line dogs. They're bred specifically for impressive size. And, they are enormously physically strong animals.

But I can see how they could get overweight quickly. So, no more treats but during training.

01-29-2014 08:06 AM
OriginalWacky Before I'd learned more about dogs, I thought they needed to be a bit heavier then they should be as well, though not obese. Now that I know better, I keep all my dogs at a nice lean weight (cats too) and any other pets I get, I research to see what they should be like in ideal condition. I'm much pickier about what shape my animals are in than I am about me.
01-28-2014 06:25 PM
Nikitta I can never understand why people let their dogs get fat. You shorten their life span and cause major heath issues. Well he/she looks at you with those eyes! DON'T LOOK AT THEM. Stop feeding them junk. My dad did that with his English bulldogs. Overfed them. And they are a breed you have to be extra careful with. The over weightness of one literaly broke his back. Then he did it again with the next one./sigh
01-28-2014 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by MustLoveGSDs View Post
"Where in the GSD standard does it state that they should be Great Dane weight? I'll say a prayer for her hips and elbows."
Right? Me too.

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