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My min-pin weighs 14 pounds and is 3 years old.. Is that to much?

She goes for 3 to 4 walks a day, but is very lazy around the house. At 14 pounds, is that to much?


Asked by Member 782402 on Dec 22nd 2008 Tagged handfullsoffoodadaysometimesmixwetfood in Obesity
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Abby

Whether that is too much or not depends on the build and height of your dog. As we cannot see a photo of the dog, it's pretty much guesswork for us.

A good rule of thumb for determining good weight is this: Place your hand on your dog's spine, with the palm on the spine and the fingers facing down over the dog's ribs. You should be able to feel the ribs without pressing your fingertips down hard. If you have to push hard or cannot feel the ribs at all, your dog is too heavy. If you can feel them easily, your dog is just right. And if you can see the ribs, your dog is too skinny.


Abby answered on 12/22/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Jet

I don't know how much an average Min-Pin should weigh, but this strategy works for any dog, big or small. (in this case, small) You should be able to feel her ribs, but not see them. I check Jet's weight every weekend. That would be a good habit for you to get into. You can set up a time every day, once a week, or whatever to check her weight by feeling her ribs. You can start feeding her a little less if you can't feel her ribs, but a little more if you can see her ribs. Hope this helps!


Jet answered on 12/28/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Tessa

My 1.5 year old minpin is 18.5 pounds. But she isn't overweight. She is just a really tall, large minpin. She's 18-19 inches tall.
Her ribs can be felt when touched. She's not so skinny where it looks unhealthy, she is just extremely athletic.

So it just depends how large your dog is to determine if its overweight or not.


Tessa answered on 1/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer