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I am adopting this boy tomorrow and I wanted to know how healthy does he look? I think he looks too skinny, but I am not sure if it's a healthy weight. He is two years old.

I never adopted a rescued dog before, so any tips are welcome!

I am not even sure if he is a purebred, but I don't mind since he looks so handsome.
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Welcome to the forum.
He's a good looking boy, do you know how much he weighs, has he had a complete Vet exam?
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No, I was so happy to adopt him that I forgot the important details...very ignorant of me.
If he hasn't been to the vet then taking him will be first thing I'll do. I hope they find him healthy.
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I've adopted several Goldens over the years, my current boy when I adopted him, he was 2, he was turned into my County Shelter as a Stray. He was 15-20 lbs. underweight.

I got him into my Vet clinic right away, he received a full examination, was brought up to date on all his shots, had him micro chipped. Vet wanted him to gain at least 10-15 pounds before he was neutered. I have an adoption contract with the County Shelter that required he be altered. I've had him 7.5 years, he's healthy and doing great.

Although he had been turned in as a stray, he belonged to someone at some point in time because he knows basic commands. He's been a really great dog, the easiest one I've had so far. I've never needed to crate him when I leave, he's never torn up anything in the house or outside, doesn't dig, he's never taken anything off the counter such as food and has never gotten into the garbage.

He's always been a very active dog, took him for long walks twice day and played ball with him daily when he was younger, he's 9.5 now. He doesn't require as much exercise as he did when he was younger, still walk him daily. I take him swimming a few times a week, I have a small beach at the end of my street.

Give your new boy some time to settle in, adjust to you and his new home. It may take a week or two so be patient with him.

Hope his Vet check goes well.

ETA: He looks good from what I can see, he doesn't look skinny, he's young and he will fill out as he matures. It's better to keep them on the leaner side for their hips, joints and overall health. His coat will come in more as he gets older also along with the feathering. Put him on a good quality dog food and he should do well.

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Thank you for rescuing this sweet boy Definitely have him checked out by a vet. Enjoy his homecoming.
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He looks very healthy to me. Don't fatten him up. He has a nice layer of fat + his coat looks healthy.

He looks younger than 2.

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Judging just from the pictures, I think his body weight looks perfect - nice and lean! Which will also be good for him if you keep him lean, for his joints as he ages.
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Hi and welcome to the forum, he looks like a lovely golden boy. Good luck and I look forward to following your progress together!.


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He is a very handsome "golden" boy. I hope you have a wonderful life. Your vet will tell you if he's underweight or just right. when I got my rescue, he was a little underweight, but after a few meals, some treats and lots of love, he's where he should be. He looks wonderful in his picture, looks well taken care of. Good luck and like everyone else, can't wait to hear more.
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Congratulations!

Your boy is just beautiful!! What will his name be?
I agree, that I always take my dogs to the vet clinic right away for a check-up.

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