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Archie is at a steady 65 lbs., but I feel like he looks and feels too thin. I can easily feel his spine and ribs. I like to keep him on the lean side, but obviously don’t want to starve him. I didn’t even notice until 2 people mentioned it. One a friend and one a passerby with their dog on the street.
 
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I think he looks good from this angle at least. Has your vet ever said he seemed too thin? I think people are so used to seeing great big goldens they don’t know what to make of nice lean ones.
Vet thinks he’s fine and I keep up with breeder, who kept his brother, and he too weighs 65 lbs. I guess I was thrown a bit by 2 people saying the same thing. Made me 2nd guess myself.
 
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from that pic and his current weight I will say he is fine. My boy stays right between 67-70 pounds and he is quite active.. How much are you feeding him?
I feed him 1.5 cups 2x per day. I do not feed him snacks, treats, or table scraps. When we do a heavy training day, I parse out 1 of his meals, so I can use his kibble as training treats.
 

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Did the people who commented have huge (tall or overweight) dogs with them? Did they mention their English cream golden they have at home? Did they show you their veterinary license that says they’re qualified to make unsolicited comments on your dog? Lol.

Beckett has gotten so many stinking questions and comments about his weight and size and it’s exhausting! It really makes you second guess yourself, but like others mentioned above, a bit more lean is better for their health. A vast majority of pet owners do not know what a healthy dog is supposed to look like. Add in that a vast majority do not know what a well bred golden is supposed to look like, and you’ve got people constantly questioning you. Someone asked me the other day “so he’s not full golden is he?” while looking at Beckett as he held onto his own golden that was 4-5 inches taller than B🤦🏻‍♀️
If you can feel but not see his ribs, if the vet says he’s at a healthy weight, if he’s not trying to eat every single thing in sight, he’s probably okay! He looks fine to me from the picture!
Thanks for commiserating!!! The friend, I understand and yes her adorable pillow with legs is quite stout 😉. But a complete stranger!…just rude.

I have also received numerous comments about his swirly wavy coat. Since he doesn’t have the long silky coat down to the ground, a number of passerbys have insisted he can’t be a purebred golden. Sheesh, maybe I need to carry a briefcase with his paperwork to show skeptics. There are times when I have to bite my tongue because I want to be rude right back at them. Ahhh venting felt great!!
 

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Many years ago we had a UK guest over who seemed genuinely surprised that our goldens weren’t overweight because the other American dogs he’d been around were so fat 🤦🏼‍♀️ If it makes you feel better, our boy was a little small at ~55 lbs (we always said he worried himself thin) but it didn’t do him any harm (lived to three weeks short of 16). How does Archie look when he’s soaked to the skin? It might be easier to judge that way. I can tell that my burly girl is a little too burly when she’s wet 😂
Well here’s another ding for Archie…he’s probably the only golden retriever who seriously hates water! 🤷🏼‍♀️😆🤪 Since he isn’t often wet down to the skin for us to see, he goes to a groomer, I don’t really know what he looks like wet. Now that we’re in MA and ponds are like Starbucks, one on every corner, we’re going to try to gently lure him into it a bit at a time this summer!!
 
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