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Is My Australian Shepherd Overweight?

by Sabine

My Aussie Bella is 3.5 years old and weighs between 19 and 20kg, she is a bit short for her breed but very broad. We do agility and frisbee comps with her and she seems to be exhausted quickly.

Someone said today that she was too fat and I was so shocked to hear that. We feed her one cup of kibble a day mixed with some chicken hearts or other chicken meat.

What is your opinion and what can I do to help? Is this just how she is built?

When I bathe her she looks so much thinner, so I don't know if its just her coat...

Please help :(

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is my Aussie fat?
by: tony

first off, how about a shot taken directly above her so we can see her waist? take two one dry and one wet.

She's beautiful
by: Anonymous

I think she looks fine, but if you're concerned you can always take her to your vet. I have mini, who is big for a mini, that weights about 15kg and she gets winded after excise as well. We portion control her food and limit treats and my vet said she was healthy, but shouldn't gain any more at 3 years old.

Best to check.with your vet.
by: Connie

I would check with you vet. If Bella is overweight your vet can tell you and you can switch to a lower fat food. My Aussie, Stella, is overweight at 52 pounds (she should be between 46-38 pounds). She has a partial tear in her ACL so we aren't getting much exercise. Your Bella is only 44 pounds, which I would think is within the recommended weight for the breed and activity level.

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by: Anonymous

Ok thanks all. I will go to the vet and get him to decide.

Is my Aussie overweight
by: Anonymous

My Aussie is a standard size, weighs in at 50 lbs. she looks heavier when dry than wet. If you can feel your dogs ribs without having to really look for them, her weight is probably ok, but if you have to feel for them then she may be a bit overweight... we play ball and frisbee as well, but not competitively, just for fun and exercise. When it's hot out or humid, mine also tires much quicker. With their double coat, I do believe they heat up faster, even though double coat is supposed to help them stay cooler and warmer, depending upon the season

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