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what should a four month Border collie weigh.

I have a four month old border collie named Athena. She is only 10 pounds, and skinny/ athletic build. She is crazy with energy and is always running. I feed her almost two cups a day. My friend is a secretary for a vet and she said most puppies are chubby. Am i on the right track?


Asked by Member 983368 on Apr 24th 2010 in Border Collie
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Pepper

hehehe...
Pepper is 16 months and mixed with German Shepherd and we have the darndest time keeping her weight up.
She still gets a lunch and three times more food than Snickers at meals and we are generous with the treats.

She's so skinny, it hurts when she sits on you cause her butts boney.
Just keep feeding your pup 3 meals and make sure she gets enough food. Pepper has been a 3 cup or more dog since she was tiny.


Pepper answered on 4/24/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


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Adult border collies can weigh from 35 to 55+ pounds, so right now her weight may depend on what her adult size will be (per her genes). My vet said the adult b.c. will be approximately double the size they are at four-months-old (with some exceptions), so you may just have a smaller adult - that is perfectly normal! She may weigh in at the 35 lb. range as an adult. Were her parents light dogs?


Member 965539 answered on 4/25/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Aster

You are, but the secretary isn't. Yes most puppies are chubby and it is no better for them than for all us chubby people. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com

There was an extensive discussion of weight in a recent newsletter from a service dog school.

''Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting dogs. It's estimated that 25-45% of dogs in the US are obese. Studies have shown that joint and locomotive problems increase by 57%, circulatory problems by 74%, respiratory problems by 52%, skin problems by 40% and cancer by 50% in animals that are overweight.

Large breed dogs that are overweight also are more prone to developing hip dysplasia. Obesity is especially dangerous for young puppies, as their underdeveloped frame cannot support the extra poundage that it must carry.''


Aster answered on 4/25/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer