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Old 01-24-2008, 05:15 PM
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:25 PM
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koda looks that way from the top to she goes in a little there to i asked at her last vet appointment and he said she was a perfect weight. So your dog should be fine as long as you caint see ribs or anything im guessing that she is long haired they are always harder to tell.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:31 PM
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I don't think so... I don't really know what a healthy GSD should look like weight wise, but she looks healthy to me. Morgan (our Rottie) looks the same way from that angle and she's at a perfect weight.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:32 PM
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Hmmm, maybe from that angle... but it's hard to tell if her ribs are visible or not.

Does she *feel* thin?
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:06 PM
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She could probably put on a pound or two, but she doesn't look too thin to me.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:35 PM
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I agree, she could put on some weight, because I can feel her ribs, and her backbone, but it's getting better.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:42 PM
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If she is an active dog you want to feel ribs but not backbone. Agility dogs and other active dogs are like athletes and children. Most dogs you see on the street are too fat. I get people coming to agility class with dogs where you have to press to feel ribs. I tell them the dog needs to lose some weight for their own safety. They say "but my vet says he is good" All that means is your dog is not obese.
In the winter I let my dogs get a bit heavier. But even so I can still easily feel ribs. (but the don't go bonk bonk bonk on my fingers either..if that makes sense..?)
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:19 PM
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The rule of thumb is that you should be able to feel the last two ribs, but none of the others, by just poking (not pressing hard or anything, just a casual touch).

If you can see/feel her back bone readily, I'd say yes, she's too thin. But she does look good just from the picture.
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The rule of thumb that I was taught is that you should be able to feel the last few ribs, but not see them, and the dog should have a noticeable "waist" when seen from above as in your photo.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:22 PM
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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.
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