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Old 01-25-2008, 10:37 PM
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I agree, that pic of the pit is a dog in great condition. That's how Daisy looks too. Not as muscular obviously due to the breed difference, but the general tone of the body.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:23 PM
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That APBT is exactly the condition I try to keep my Border Collies in, and the Shar Pei mix is the shape I'd like Zaphod to be in when all is said and done.

It's very interesting that everyone says you shouldn't be able to feel a dog's backbone. I can easily feel the backbone on every one of my BCs, but they're all in nearly peak condition (in fact, Dakota and Eve are a little too chubby right now!). They just don't have a lot of fat and muscle on their backs, and their structure gives them a prominent backbone.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:58 PM
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Ronin is that way - very trim and fit, not a spare bit of fat on his body anywhere. A lot of people tell me he's skinny, but even if he was underweight there would be no helping him. He simply wont' gain weight, no matter what I feed him. He's just like his father - muscular and extremely hard-bodied.

Ronin standing still:


You can't tell me this is an unhealthily thin dog...


And for comparison, his daddy Hunter. It's clear where Ronin got his body type and mega-muscles... as well as his head/face!
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I think she looks perfect, especially for a growing large breed puppy!

I can feel Gonzo's ribs, and his spine. Neither are poking out, but you can easily feel them by running your hands over them. I think that is ideal for his breed, though, and he is super muscular. I totally agree with you, Grace.

I also have to say that Ronin looks awesome! To me, if a dog is that muscular and well-built, he obviously isn't underweight or undernourished, at all. When a dog is underweight, it greatly effects the muscles.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:30 AM
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Ronin, good job!

A fellow vet tech, and friend of mine, has a Doberman that she put into one AKC show. Now Morgan looks like your dog, slim-n-trim, but OMG all those others at the show looked like fat barrels! And the worst part is that the owners thought it was "muscle"....umm, thos ripples are fat, not muscle definition. Even the judge that day told Heather to put more weight onto Morgan and never bring an underweight dog in again.

Needless to say, that was the end of Morgan's show career.
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:49 PM
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She looks great to me!
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:54 PM
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A fellow vet tech, and friend of mine, has a Doberman that she put into one AKC show. Now Morgan looks like your dog, slim-n-trim, but OMG all those others at the show looked like fat barrels! And the worst part is that the owners thought it was "muscle"....umm, thos ripples are fat, not muscle definition. Even the judge that day told Heather to put more weight onto Morgan and never bring an underweight dog in again.
Yep. Every one of my show friends and mentors keeps telling me to put 5-7 more pounds on him to "smooth him out". Nope, sorry - he's happy the way he is. His breeder understands the situation, thank goodness - she understands that putting weight on this dog ins impossible - and healthwise, he doesn't need any more weight!
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Hmm by that definition most agility dogs will be too thin then. I think it depends on the dogs activity level. A 'thin' athletic dog with great muscle tone and a gleaming coat is a different picture than a 'thin' scrawny dog with a dull coat.
We're talking about normal pets here. Obviously agility dogs, work dogs, etc will have more muscle tone and thus you will see their ribs more easily than a dog who's just a pet.

It's the same way our six pack works. Trim the fat and you can see the definition beneath.
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