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She weighs 96 lbs
 

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Meika is the Black n Tan one, she is 6 years old.
 

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I think she could lose a few pounds, but I like my dogs skinny to where you can see some runs and feel them easily, and have a nice tuck. but in pictures it's really hard to tell. web you feel her ribs is it easy to feel them? or do you have to dig to feel them?
 

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Would it be possible for you to get a photo of Meika by herself, standing - thing "dog show picture". Like that. Just so we can clearly see her and not have her at an angle or have any part of her covered by another dog.

In the first picture you posted, she looks pretty heavy and could stand to lose a few pounds. Like Steph, I like my dogs skinny - you should be very easily able to feel the ribs when you place your hand on the dog's spine with the fingers pointing downward. You should not have to press down to feel the ribs. Seeing the last one or two ribs is also fine. (I personally like to.)
 

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haha I meant ribs not runs....stupid phone lol.
 

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From the pictures you provided, she does look like she can lose a couple pounds.

Can we see a birds eye view picture of her back? That type of picture might be easier to judge.
 

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Another angle to take: put her in a sit (have someone hold her) and take a foto of her from the back. Crouch down so you are almost level.
in a sit? don't you want a standing photo?
 

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I actually do not think she looks overweight from the pics, but it is hard to tell from pictures, and these are not great to judge her weight/size.

96lbs sounds big for a female in general...even a male.

Like said, a good weight is being able to easily feel the ribs. I do not like to "see" ribs unless they are heavily exercising at the time. A nice tuck of the last rib at rest is ok I think.

Out of curiosity..why are you asking? Have you been told she is overweight?

Of note, my dogs look alot heavier in the winter by virtue of their coats alone.

Then they look all skinny in the spring...even though they weigh the same
 

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I would say that she does look a bit heavy. But only you will know this when you feel her ribs, if you can feel them!
Onyx is 26" and over 90#...when she is 93, I can't feel her ribs like I can when she is around 90. Those extra few pounds make a big difference.
 

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also useful if you could get an overhead shot straight down
 

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I would say that she does look a bit heavy. But only you will know this when you feel her ribs, if you can feel them!
Onyx is 26" and over 90#...when she is 93, I can't feel her ribs like I can when she is around 90. Those extra few pounds make a big difference.
same here. My male snuck up to 93lbs somehow, and 88 is about perfect for him. I pet him at training and was like.. woah buddy.
 

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Okay, I will have to get a pic today.
I think she is fat, but I can actually feel her ribs, she also has this loose skin that jiggles when she runs. Last year she actually weighed a whooping 106 lbs and the vet said she was chunky. When I took her back a few months later she was down to 96lbs and he didn't say anything.
I have reduced her food from 5 cups to 3 cups a day and she has only dropped the 10lbs. When she was my only GSD I ran her everyday but my attention has been on my newer GSD dog that had some issue when I adopted her. (they are not able to walk together)
I bought a treadmill this month and I use that for the dogs on days we can't go outside now, hopefully that will help.
I will go take photos now
 

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to be honest, most vets don't know what a healthy dog looks like. a vet at my vets office (not my regular vet) told me Dodger was way to skinny even though he's 75 lbs and you can see some ribs, and has a nice tuck. to me he's at a good weight.
 

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Maybe she needs to tone up, not lose weight. Kacie, my long coat is not in shape. She has a bad elbow so isn't as active as my other two. I can feel her ribs, but there is jelly where muscle should be!! Some dogs do have looser skin than others. Onyx has none, Karlo has the neck looseness, but he still needs to fill out with maturity. They are all different for sure!
Onyx and Karlo weigh the same, Kacie is about 10# lighter(but she looks the heaviest):

 

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to be honest, most vets don't know what a healthy dog looks like. a vet at my vets office (not my regular vet) told me Dodger was way to skinny even though he's 75 lbs and you can see some ribs, and has a nice tuck. to me he's at a good weight.
They probably struggle with the skew the 80% of dogs in american who are overweight gives them
 

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you will see she has a lazy sit. also a scar on her side from being burned (long sad story) but I think it is why she has the lazy sit, I am working on her sitting better.
 

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Okay, I will have to get a pic today.
I think she is fat, but I can actually feel her ribs, she also has this loose skin that jiggles when she runs. Last year she actually weighed a whooping 106 lbs and the vet said she was chunky. When I took her back a few months later she was down to 96lbs and he didn't say anything.
I have reduced her food from 5 cups to 3 cups a day and she has only dropped the 10lbs. When she was my only GSD I ran her everyday but my attention has been on my newer GSD dog that had some issue when I adopted her. (they are not able to walk together)
I bought a treadmill this month and I use that for the dogs on days we can't go outside now, hopefully that will help.
I will go take photos now
My 90lb male eats 2 cups per day right at this second, grain-free high protein, with maybe a 1/4cup of tripe
 

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She isn't happy about the pose, I had to take her toy away
 
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