MAXIMUS

My bordeaux is 5 months old and weighs 60lbs. Is he overweight?


Asked by MAXIMUS on Jul 24th 2009 in Obesity
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Dieta

Hi
Here is site for info on that.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogue_de_Bordeaux


Dieta answered on 7/24/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Aster

Nobody can say without feelingthe dog's ribs. For a good illustrated way to judge any dog's body condition, see www.longliveyourdog.com

It is very important to avoid over weight from too much food and too fast of growth from too rich of a diet. Adjust the amount of food as indicated in the above link. If you are feeding puppy chow, make a slow switch over a week to an adult chow. Be sure it has less than 1.5% calcium in it. Iams, Pro Plan, Eukanuba, Purina 1, and Science Diet are well proven in large, professionally managed service dog programs. Nobody knows more about large breeds than them.


Aster answered on 7/24/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Bam-Bam, CGC

DO NOT switch to adult food! Large Breed Puppy food is appropriate. Not only does it have the correct calcium/phosphorus ratio, but it also has DHA which is important for brain development. These big guys grow so much more over a longer period of time, and should be kept on a large breed puppy food up until AT LEAST 18 mos. Anybody who says otherwise obviously doesn't know giant breeds.
60lbs at 5 mos sounds about right, but it'd be hard to say without seeing your bone size and everything else. Looking in your pics, if they are recent, you look to have a nice waist and just the right amount on your ribs. You do not want to overfeed these guys... Slow and steady growth wins the race. Extra weight means extra pressure on joints and down the road not good. Especially in Bordeaux, whose lifespans are so short as it is (average is only just over 5 years), it's important to maintain proper health! Also learn about lymphoma and it's symptoms, it's prevalent in the breed.


Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 7/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Pepper

As French Mastiffs go he may be a small one....just kidding. Full grown he should be 100 pounds, massively built and imposing to look at. The female I see every week is full grown, not overweight, but is more like 140 pounds. She is huge!
Your little boy is gonna be a big one.


Pepper answered on 8/4/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer