January 6th, 2009, 02:36 PM
Hi there all!!!
I know I was away for a while, but now I'm back, with a very puzzling matter in my hand.
Titus is growing up fine, getting a bit of a cocky side to him though, but we're working on that ;)
But yes, I've been reading a bit, however very low info is on the matter, everyone are like "OMG HES SO HEAVY FOR HIS AGE, MUST BE OBESE!!!"
He's not Obese o.0 in fact I think he looks slim :P
he's 55 pounds... and not even 6 months
OMG THE EVIL WII-MOTE WILL HURT ME....
January 6th, 2009, 03:12 PM
he looks really good, and it's not uncommon, he will just be on a larger side, but really good looking dog, i don't thinkyou should be worried
January 6th, 2009, 03:19 PM
yea, well he was the biggest one of the litter. I always liked big dogs anyway ;)
January 6th, 2009, 04:30 PM
I think he looks really good and strong,I don't know where people see obese,he's beautiful:lovestruck:
January 6th, 2009, 08:14 PM
hehe it was more a "gosh, hes 55 pounds for only 5 months? thats a lot, he must be fat" without seeing him :P
January 6th, 2009, 08:18 PM
He looks great but regarding his weight it's too hard to really tell from pictures, they can be deceiving. To tell if he's overweight or not you need to (objectively, even though you like big dogs ;) ) look at his side profile, and from above. From the side you should notice a very definite tuck up behind his rib cage, and from above he should have a noticeable waist between his rib cage and his hips. If either of those is hard to distinguish he's overweight. If you do see those two areas clearly, next do the "touch test", running your hands over his body. Even through his fur you should be able to fairly easily feel his ribs and the top of his hip bones but you should not really see them to look.
Here are some pics to help illustrate the "look" I am talking about.
Thunder, notice his deep chest and how he angles up to his waist
Same with Flurry, though with him you can actually see the shadowed hollow behind his rib cage where the waist pinches in
Ignore the little sausage that is Flash at the front of this one, he's on a diet and he's not the example I was intending to show. He snuck too much puppy food and leftovers when the other dogs would follow me downstairs to the computer. Now I make sure it's all eaten/picked up and he gets a very well regulated small amount of his own food.
It can be harder to see by looks alone on a thicker/longer coated dog, that's why it's important to feel. Thunder is one I have to feed carefully because he tends to pack on some extra pounds easily and it's not immediately noticeable because he's got a thick coat. Noah, my collie is a whole other story, he looks obese because he's got masses of undercoat that makes all his hair stick out so he looks twice as wide as he really is. When he's blowing coat and I bathe and groom him he looks like he looses so much weight. Besides the vet's scale, to check his weight I have to really dig through his coat to get down to the skin and feel his body condition, but normally you shouldn't have to dig too much to feel ribs or the dog probably has too much "padding" hiding them. :D
January 6th, 2009, 10:09 PM
hehe thanks, yea I dont ahve to go deep to find the ribs o.0
he seems overall slim, not skinny, just odd because I always though 5 months old husky should be like... 40 pounds or so hehehe
Adorable pooches btw ^^