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Just a small little mini rant....
vet says Bonnie is to heavy 馃槙
Saturday she鈥檒l be 18 weeks and she鈥檚 31.6 pounds.
But she鈥檚 still super ribby. I guess I shouldn鈥檛 have been going off of that.
She gets a lot of exercise and we鈥檙e feeding her two meals a day. She takes her nap mid day and seems to prefer two larger than three small. And we鈥檙e actually feeding her less than the RC large breed puppy food suggests. She gets 1 1/2 cup at each meal. So 3 cups all together.
Snack wise (she gets her snacks while we eat dinner) she eats Greek yogurt or her puzzles with dried chicken. And the Greek yogurt is in a kong so it鈥檚 not like it鈥檚 tons!
She also has a Himalayan cheese chew and pork chomps for her teeth but the cheese chew she barely gets any off of.

I tell the vet all this and he says more exercise (which she鈥檚 exhausted from the exercise we do I don鈥檛 think I can do more without pushing her to hard) and that we must be over filling the cup measure -_-
I鈥檓 at a loss for what to do except keep doing what I鈥檓 doing and maybe her growth will slow down?
 

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I was looking for something else, but found Moe's vet record from a visit at 4 1/2 months today. He was 30 lbs. Moe is not by any means a large male. He's 17 months old now and is 61 lbs. To give you a comparison my older, heavier boned Golden was 79 lbs at 2 years old. Duke, the older one is currently 71 lbs and he's honestly a little thin. They are both really muscular, get tons of exercise. I am a stickler for them not being overweight. Moe could be 65 lbs comfortably, but I'm keeping him on the smaller side due to joint concerns.

Females should be smaller then males, but I'm not sure about during the puppy stages. Maybe someone else will answer.
 

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Tomo at 18 weeks was 38.8 lbs. He is a boy and pretty large though! (when we got him at 8.5 weeks he was 14.5 lbs). The vet didn't ask me to cut back his food, though she called him a chonk lol.
 

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Tomo at 18 weeks was 38.8 lbs. He is a boy and pretty large though! (when we got him at 8.5 weeks he was 14.5 lbs). The vet didn't ask me to cut back his food, though she called him a chonk lol.
That makes me feel a little better. I was actually considering upping her food until the vet said she鈥檚 over weight . She always acts like she鈥檚 dying for just a little more (but she could just be greedy!)
She doesn鈥檛 look heavy tho which is throwing me off.
 

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Here's a chart for comparison (from the net)


My 5 month old girl had big parents and she is about 36 lbs now.
Thank you. Her mom looked big for a female but i didn鈥檛 know if that was because she just had babies
 

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I was looking for something else, but found Moe's vet record from a visit at 4 1/2 months today. He was 30 lbs. Moe is not by any means a large male. He's 17 months old now and is 61 lbs. To give you a comparison my older, heavier boned Golden was 79 lbs at 2 years old. Duke, the older one is currently 71 lbs and he's honestly a little thin. They are both really muscular, get tons of exercise. I am a stickler for them not being overweight. Moe could be 65 lbs comfortably, but I'm keeping him on the smaller side due to joint concerns.

Females should be smaller then males, but I'm not sure about during the puppy stages. Maybe someone else will answer.
Thank you! I鈥檓 actually taking her to see her parents and sister soon so I鈥檒l talk to the breeder and see what size her sister is
 

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I wish I knew my pups siblings! Aidan is now 51lbs at 6months old. I鈥檓 not sure how big he鈥檒l be when he鈥檚 full grown. You probably just have a big girl if you can see her ribs. Do you have any pics? It would be fun to see your baby girl! I wouldn鈥檛 worry about it if she looks lean to you!
 

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Here's the chart for the Body Condition System that shows what an ideal figure for a dog looks like and well, I've apparently always had slightly overweight pooches in the past! With our current bitch, I've tried my best to keep her on the leaner side; the below pic was her at about 5 months old and something like 44 pounds, 19 or so inches tall.

The thing about weight is that all dogs, just as humans, can carry it differently and have it proportioned in various ways. That's why to me the chart is super helpful is showing what a pup/dog should look like ideally.
 

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Our eyes are accustomed to overweight dogs so it's really difficult to accurately assess weight - especially with all that GR fluff.

You want to see a defined waist tuck as shown in rtboswell's photo. You should be able to easily feel the ribs but not see them.

Allowing our dogs to be overweight is very hard on their bones, joints, kidneys and increases their risk for cancer. Keeping them lean is really in their best interest and it has the added benefit of making training quite easy because they're so food motivated. :)
 

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It鈥檚 not the same breed, but I have an 18 week old German shepherd pup right now. I鈥檓 keeping him nice and lean, and to be honest, it鈥檚 hard to get weight on him anyway! Here is a picture of how he looks from above and from the side.

ETA: Again, not the same breed and he鈥檚 male, but he weighs 42lbs right now.
 

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It鈥檚 not the same breed, but I have an 18 week old German shepherd pup right now. I鈥檓 keeping him nice and lean, and to be honest, it鈥檚 hard to get weight on him anyway! Here is a picture of how he looks from above and from the side.

ETA: Again, not the same breed and he鈥檚 male, but he weighs 42lbs right now.
German Shepherd ears are so funny when they haven't grown into them yet. :) Of course they're such different breeds but I'm curious, what stands out to you the most in terms of differences and/or similarities between your GS and your GR?
 

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Please do not stress about this weight thing. Bonnie is a puppy and every puppy is different. Our Rocky weighed 28 pounds at 15 weeks and 45 at 5 months. He is two years old now and 75 pounds. His is at his ideal weight. Bonnie looks perfectly fine in the picture. Also, do not stress about how much you feed her--it is important she gets sufficient nutrition to support her growth.
 

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German Shepherd ears are so funny when they haven't grown into them yet. <img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> Of course they're such different breeds but I'm curious, what stands out to you the most in terms of differences and/or similarities between your GS and your GR?
Both dogs are extremely attached to me. Very handler oriented and pretty much follow me everywhere. My GSD is sharper, meaning he turns 鈥渙n鈥 much faster than my golden. He's also harder, meaning he can take handler mistakes or corrections better than my golden. If I so much as give my golden an angry look, she wilts. Archer (GSD) is also more suspicious already, even at his age, and WAY more vocal. My golden never barks or makes noise. My GSD never stops.

Those are just the first differences I think of between my two!
 

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What a coincidence to come across this thread today. This morning, my husband told me he thought our 7 month old male...Bruno...is getting too chunky. At the vet last week, he weighed in at 69.9lbs...He is a very solid boy, I can feel his lower ribs, but around the barrel of his chest, he feels a bit fleshy! We feed him 2x/day ~ 3.5 to 4 cups/day. We take long walks, he chases his ball in the yard, etc...he gets a bit tired on the walks so we don't push him too hard....looking at his photos, do you think he looks chunko?
 

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I wish I knew my pups siblings! Aidan is now 51lbs at 6months old. I鈥檓 not sure how big he鈥檒l be when he鈥檚 full grown. You probably just have a big girl if you can see her ribs. Do you have any pics? It would be fun to see your baby girl! I wouldn鈥檛 worry about it if she looks lean to you!
I have tons of pictures 馃檪
 

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Once I took my girl off puppy food it was like night and day. She turned 1 in July but in June she looked like a little tub. Now she鈥檚 sleek and perfect sized- probably 55 lbs.
 

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What a coincidence to come across this thread today. This morning, my husband told me he thought our 7 month old male...Bruno...is getting too chunky. At the vet last week, he weighed in at 69.9lbs...He is a very solid boy, I can feel his lower ribs, but around the barrel of his chest, he feels a bit fleshy! We feed him 2x/day ~ 3.5 to 4 cups/day. We take long walks, he chases his ball in the yard, etc...he gets a bit tired on the walks so we don't push him too hard....looking at his photos, do you think he looks chunko?
Oh wow, he looks like what Tomo will be in another month! Tomo is also really solid and his chest is starting to get wide. I can feel his ribs and he has a bit of a tuck at his abs towards his hips. After cutting back his treats due to GI issues, though, I realized how much treats I had been giving him everyday! So I'm more strict about using his kibble for daily training, and only use treats if I'm asking him to do something more difficult (like to put on his harness or not to pull up the neighbor's nice lawn, lol).
 

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Hi There,
What a coincidence to come across this thread today. This morning, my husband told me he thought our 7 month old male...Bruno...is getting too chunky. At the vet last week, he weighed in at 69.9lbs...He is a very solid boy, I can feel his lower ribs, but around the barrel of his chest, he feels a bit fleshy! We feed him 2x/day ~ 3.5 to 4 cups/day. We take long walks, he chases his ball in the yard, etc...he gets a bit tired on the walks so we don't push him too hard....looking at his photos, do you think he looks chunko?
Denver just turned 1 last week and he also gets 4 cups/day right now BUT that is because his activity level is so high especially in the summer/fall. I'm talking swimming, hiking, running off leash, playing with dogs off leash every day. When winter rolls around and he is less active, we will most likely cut back down to 3 cups/day.

You should easily feel all of the ribs, and may even see the last few through his fur when he is moving. I would cut back to about 3 cups/day if I were you, until you can easily feel all of his ribs with a THIN layer of fat on top. Almost 70 pounds at 7 months seems a touch heavy, especially because your boy looks moderately sized and not oversized or tall.
 
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