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Dog Body Condition Scoring System

Determine if your dog is overweight by reading the clues of his body structure.

Determine if your dog is overweight by reading the clues of his body structure.

Body Condition Scoring - Thin1. Very Thin
Ribs: Easily felt with no fat cover.
Tail Base: Bones are raised with no tissue between the skin and bone.
Side View: Severe abdominal tuck.
Overhead View: Accentuated hourglass shape.

2. Underweight
Ribs: Easily felt with little fat cover.
Tail Base: Bones are raised with minimal tissue between the skin and bone.
Side View: Abdominal tuck.
Overhead View: Marked hour-glass shape.

Body Condition Scoring - Ideal3. Ideal
Ribs: Easily felt with slight fat cover.
Tail Base: Smooth contour, but bones can be felt under a thin layer of fat.
Side View: Abdominal tuck
Overhead View: Well-proportioned lumbar waist.

4. Overweight
Ribs: Difficult to feel with moderate fat cover.
Tail Base: Some thickening, but bones can be felt under a moderate layer of fat.
Side View; No abdominal tuck or waist.
Overhead View: Back is slightly broadened.

Body Condition Scoring - Overweight/Obese5. Obese
Ribs: Difficult to feel under thick fat cover.
Tail Base: Thickened and difficult to feel under a prominent layer of fat. 
Side View: Fat hangs from the abdominal and there is no waist. 
Overhead View: Markedly broadened.

 

 

 

 

 

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