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Full Grown Weight
Just wondering how much everyone's golden weighs if its full grown. I weighed marley in my arms on our scale a few days ago and hes at 85 pounds. my last golden was obese at 130-140 pounds. (we made too many mistakes).
Also hes 15 months old so far. we took him home at 7.5 weeks and he weighed 8 pounds.
These are current weights:
When they ate Canidae ALS, they were a bit heavier(Well, Tango was a baby so she didnt count): Finn 72 and Tally 75. Finn is 23 1/2 inches/ 6 years,Tango is a little slip of a girl, and Tally 24 and 16 months. The vet said Finn was perfect, but Tally a few pounds too heavy,and to get it off(he's strict). Now, both are lean and fit. I'd prefer two more pounds on Tally, however the vet is beyond pleased with their waists and wants to see Tally especially trim until he's two for ideal joint development.
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Last edited by Ljilly28; 12-25-2008 at 07:48 AM.
Milly is somewhere between 68-71 pounds... so I went with 60-70 on the poll. I kind of think she's probably 71 right now (too many Christmas dog cookies, and not enough excercise the past few weeks)
I try to regulate her food intake like a hawk, and have had great success with this. I would like for her to be about 65-67 pounds... the vet has said that is ideal, but any smaller and at her age we could run into problems if she got sick. Right now the vet says she isn't overweight, but could stand to lose a few more pounds.
Pretty much overnight her weight ballooned (well in 2-3 months) her food intake wasn't change, and if anything maybe she was excercised just a small amount less, but the vet said at a certain age their metabolism can very quickly slow way down! At this point in time I thought she was 2 year younger than she is... and was not at all thinking I had a "geriatric dog." I kept feeding her the same measured amount, and thought hmmm, she looks chunky. Took her to the vet for an ear infection, and was shocked when she was 84 pounds (I'm embarrassed to say that outloud). I felt like such an awful dog owner, like I had failed her, and the vet was actually amazed I was so concerned. Apparently, I live in a city plagued with dog obesity, and what I found obese for Milly was just overweight (or so says the vet). I switched her to being fed twice a day (instead of once a day), cut back her food a little bit, and switched to a different diet (the switch was for her skin). The pounds flew off!
I now will always feed any dog I own twice a day (if not 3 tiny meals a day). It really has done wonders for her. I weigh her every few weeks, and keep a visual eye on her weight. Since she dropped the pounds it is like I have a young dog again... she can jump over logs, onto the bed, etc. It really was unfair ito her that I let her gain weight (in my defense it just happened so quickly I didn't catch it), but I have learned my lesson, and as far as my dog is concerned I'd rather her be a bit on the skinny side than over weight. It just isn't fair to their joints to carry those extra pounds.
Sorry I wrote a novel, again!
I've never had one that truly fit, even massively oversized, was over 85 pounds.
My current two are 53 and probably 56, and will probably each gain about five as they mature.
at her worst she was 112lbs, now she's hovering around 95 and the Vet is requesting her to be at 80. She is a very large golden though and towers over many of the other goldens in the neighborhood.
Luke - 80
Maggie - 56
Tucker - 53
Heidi - 100 (This is down from 127 when I got her in September, so she's doing great! Her ideal weight is around 80, like Luke.)
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I believe over 90 lbs. for any Golden to be obese, and yes I do know some are taller than others. that is why I say 90 lbs. I had one of those bigger Goldens, my Brandi. At her heaviest she was 92 lbs. and I realized she was "fat" although my vet said "she is a big girl but I would not let her get much heavier". I put her on a diet and over the next 12-18 months she lost over 20 lbs. She remained a steady 70-71 lbs. till the end. Below is a chart provided by Purina that is very good at evaluating your do. Just remember that with the coat of a Golden it may be best to do tis when the dog is wet.
Understanding Your Dog's Body Condition
1 Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences evident from a distance. No discernible body fat. Obvious loss of muscle mass.
2 Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible. No palpable fat. Some evidence of other bony prominence. Minimal loss of muscle mass.
3 Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming prominent. Obvious waist.
4 Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist easily noted, viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident.
5 Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked up when viewed.
6 Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernible viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.
7 Ribs palpable with difficulty; heavy fat cover. Noticeable fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be present.
8 Ribs not palpable under very heavy fat cover, or palpable only with significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal tuck. Obvious abdominal distension may be present.
9 Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and base of tail. Waist and abdominal tuck absent. Fat deposits on neck and limbs. Obvious abdominal distention.
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Last edited by AmbikaGR; 12-26-2008 at 03:12 PM. Reason: meant to type 90 lbs. for obese
Jasper is 65 lbs and Danny is about 85 lbs. He's not even close to being obese. I keep a very close eye on their weights because I had let Jasmine get very overweight a few years ago and had to work to get 25 lbs off from her.
Danny at 85 lbs:
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