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My granddog Duke is staying with us this weekend, I haven't seen him for a couple of months and he looks thin to me. I may just be used to Cody, who looks bigger-boned and has a thicker coat.

Duke has always been slim and he is very active. I tried to measure him, not sure if I did it right but he measured 25" tall (floor to base of tail and floor to top of back at shoulder) and 29" from base of head at the neck to base of tail). He weighed 69 lbs. this morning, in January he was 70 lbs. When he is wet you can see his ribs. I'm wondering if he is too thin? I know underweight is better than overweight, just want to make sure he is okay.

Duke has never been an enthusiastic eater and usually doesn't finish his food. He did get excited when I was fixing Cody's food and tried to eat it so I'm wondering if he doesn't like his food? Duke is 2 yrs. old and Cody is 7 mths.

Here are a couple of pictures of Duke and one of Duke and Cody together:
 

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He looks perfect to me. You should be able to easily feel a dog's ribs, but not see them. If that is the case, he's right where he needs to be. If you can easily see the ribs, then he would need to put a bit of weight on. If you can barely feel the ribs or can't feel them at all, then it's time to start cutting back on food and upping the exercise.

He also looks like he just blew his coat.
 

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He looks a lot like my Loki. I have been thinking that Loki was too thin, but his vet said that he is at a good weight. He weighs about the same as Duke.
 

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He looks perfect to me. You should be able to easily feel a dog's ribs, but not see them. If that is the case, he's right where he needs to be. If you can easily see the ribs, then he would need to put a bit of weight on. If you can barely feel the ribs or can't feel them at all, then it's time to start cutting back on food and upping the exercise.

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He looks great to me!! :) My Sammy is verrry skinny and I often feel like he's too thin but have never heard anything but glowing reviews of his appearance from the vet.
 

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He looks about the same as Brady who is 70 lbs. Like others have said, if you can easily feel the ribs but not see them then he is fine. Also looks like he has a thinner coat.
 

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Thanks everyone, now I can stop worrying and just enjoy having Duke visit.:wavey:
 

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He looks fine to me. My Danny didn't fill out until the last 6 months or so (he turned 3 today) and now weighs 77 lbs. Until recently he only weighed 70 lbs and he is 25" at the shoulder.
 

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Yeah, he looks fabulous! I remember seeing an old picture of Carmella when she was around 1-2 years old and she was SO skinny looking, but still very healthy! I wish Flora looked as fit as Duke. :) He's a handsome fella (so is Cody!)
 

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Duke looks the perfect weight to me. Cody looks to have a stockier build so even though he's not overweight, it makes Duke look thin by comparison. I wouldn't worry.
 
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