re: Proper Weight ? page 2

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Melinda's suggestion, though perhaps a little overambitious for this particular dog, is a good one (exercise!). From the description, the ... not overweight. My own personal feeling is that weight by itself doesn't tell you much about a dog's physical condition.

While exercise is important for all dogs, I don't see anywhere that the OP mentions the dog's physical condition. He just gives her (not his, oops!) weight and says he can easily feel her ribs. My take is that the OP is more concerned that this dog is over-sized for a Toy Poodle.
But, if the OP is having a conniption fit about the dog's weight, I'd recommend talking to the puppy's breeder ... about worms. If the dog is fit and otherwise lean, then a big belly is something to be concerned about.

ITA.

Lynne
My own personal feeling is that weight by itself doesn't tell you much about a dog's physical condition.

Without knowing the dog's height and bone structure, pretty much all knowing the weight tells you is the weight.

The body mass index gets a lot of crap, much of it deserved, but the truth is that most people with a high BMI aren't getting a big number because they're hauling around buckets of muscles. I mean, seriously. And that's true of dogs and their weight, too.

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While exercise is important for all dogs, I don't see anywhere that the OP mentions the dog's physical condition.

You're correct. I've obviously either hallucinated it or am misremembering a different post.
My take is that the OP is more concerned that this dog is over-sized for a Toy Poodle.

That could be. And, if that's the case, it's something he should talk to the dog's breeder about.

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Without knowing the dog's height and bone structure, pretty much all knowing the weight tells you is the weight.

Exactly. I'm boggled at the question and at the insistence that someone here can answer it, as much because it's just not possible as because what is the point?
The body mass index gets a lot of crap, much of it deserved, but the truth is that most people ... number because they're hauling around buckets of muscles. I mean, seriously. And that's true of dogs and their weight, too.

Yep.

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I GIVE UP! Thought it was such a STRAIGHTFOREWARD question : Is my 7 month old Toy Poodle overweight at 7 pounds? What would the average be? I guess we're all philosophers in a way![/nq]Nobody here can tell you. Toy poodles vary in height at 7 months. It's like if I told you that someone weighs 200 pounds and asked if that person was overweight. Could you tell me? It makes a difference whether the person is a 7 foot tall man or a 5 foot tall woman, doesn't it? Even for a certain height and sex, there is a weight range that is considered normal or healthy, not an exact number. I have 2 German Shepherds. One is about 80 pounds and the other about 100.

Same breed, both fully grown so same age for those purposes, neither overweight or underweight even though their weights are very different. You'd have to see them and feel for their ribs under all their fur to figure out that they are both doing fine. My telling you the breed, age and weight wouldn't do it for you because the one would be overweight at 100 pounds even though the other isn't.You can tell us your dog is a toy poodle and if you said the poodle weighs 60 pounds, we could all tell you either it isn't a toy or it is definitely overweight. At 7 pounds, it's in the range where it may or may not be overweight. People have told you what to check for in how the dog looks and feels to see if it is overweight, which will tell you a lot more than average weights of 7 month old poodles, which none of us would really know anyway.

We don't go around weighing toy poodles and putting together averages. So instead of asking the same question until it is answered in the terms you want to see, look at what people have been telling you and you'll see that they have answered your question in what is actually a much more helpful fashion.
Paula
I GIVE UP! Thought it was such a STRAIGHTFOREWARD question : Is my 7 month old Toy Poodle overweight at 7 pounds?

Well, I hope you've learned that its NOT a straighforward question. There are HUGE variations in breeds, and those variations are made even bigger by the presence of bad preeders who are breeding waaayy outside the standard to people who simply don't know any better.

To ask if your dog is "overwieght" is basically asking if your dog is "fat", as opposed to "oversized". So, anyone here who would even be willing to answer that question with as little info as you porvided would be incredibly irresponsible.
What would the average be? I guess we're all philosophers in a way!

Its not philosophy, its fact. There are just a whole lot more facts involved than you'd prefer if you're just looking for a simple answer.

Tara
And talk to the vet about worms. If the dog is fit and otherwise lean, then a big belly is something to be concerned about.

The OP never mentioned a big belly, though; all he's said WRT the dog is that she's 7 months old, and he guesses that that's "overweight" for a dog of her age and breed. Melinda assumed the dog "had some slack around the belly", but that's the only place the pup's belly has been mentioned.

In fact, the OP himself hasn't said word one about the dog's actual physical condition - which is why it's impossible to tell whether he actually means overWEIGHT -e.g.. "too fat" - or whether he's trying to ask the dog is overSIZE. Why he's getting all bent out of shape at being asked to give enough information to allow people to give him useful answers is beyond me.
The OP never mentioned a big belly, though;

Yes. I've already retracted that.

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The OP never mentioned a big belly, though;

Yes. I've already retracted that.

Yep, I hit that post AFTER my original reply. At least now you know you didn't hallucinate somebody mentioning the belly..
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