Hello!
My little 7 month old female, "Cosita", toy poodle, appears to be overweight , but I can still easily feel her ribs.

But she weighs 7 pounds. I'd like to know what is a healthy, practical weight range that she should fit into at 7 months , at a year, and at some time in the future?
She's an agressive eater, very playful, and apparently very happy puppy! (And too smart for me)
Thanks.
Mike
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My little 7 month old female, "Cosita", toy poodle, appears to be overweight , but I can still easily feel her ribs.

I don't know what a correct weight range is for a
7-month-old toy poodle would be, but at a minimum it would tend to vary with the dog's height.
You didn't say how she appears overweight to you but I'll take the liberty of assuming you're seeing some slack around the belly. However, if the dog "appears" overweight but still has ribs showing I would tend to look at physical conditioning first - in an adult dog. She's becoming an adolescent and that's a physically awkward time, where the proportions seem to change daily and when you often find yourself wondering how you ended up with such a funny looking dog even though she'll be a knockout when she matures. Also, you don't want to overdo the exercise in such a youngster, but a few miles of walking each day would do her some good, if she's not already getting that.
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Also, you don't want to overdo the exercise in
such a youngster, but a few miles of walking each day would do her some good, if she's not already getting that.

Ooh, you are definitely a big dog person.
Just FYI - Our miniature schnauzers (5 years old now) get long walks three or four times a week. One of those walks can be three miles or a little more. (And this is on dirt roads and packed trails.) The others can't be over two miles. And anything over a mile on the days we have agility class will be noticeable in class. DH needs a bigger, more off-road variety dog to take the kind of walks he wants to take.
That distance figure does come from the distance travelled by the human with them. The dogs probably cover substantially more than that. And this is also at one time. They might be able to do more if it were broken up more.

The human is walking at a good walking pace. The dogs are trotting most of the time - a little faster at the beginning than at the end. When they get back home, they're still ready to chase each other around the yard on the way in. Both dogs are in pretty good shape. Sassy especially is very solidly muscled - visibly so.
A seven month old puppy would never be able to keep up with them, either in speed or distance.
I'm guessing that the poodle is at one of those teenage points when the body parts don't always fit together well.
I'm curious too why the OP thinks the dog is overweight - what this is based on. I've had people point out the roll of skin at the base of my dogs' tails to show me that they're overweight. It's loose skin - something terriers need to squirm around in tunnels. (Critter, not agility tunnels.) But to those people, it looks like fat.
Judy
Also, you don't want to overdo the exercise in

such a youngster, but a few miles of walking each day would do her some good, if she's not already getting that.

Ooh, you are definitely a big dog person. Just FYI - Our miniature schnauzers (5 years old now) get long ... terriers need to squirm around in tunnels. (Critter, not agility tunnels.) But to those people, it looks like fat. Judy

Hi Judy, I'm guessing that 7 pounds or so is too big for a six month old toy poodle; that's all, and that's where I figure she's overweight. I was simply asking what her probable average weight should be. The best to you!
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I'm guessing that 7 pounds or so is too big for a six month old toy poodle; that's all, and that's where I figure she's overweight.

1) Dogs are overweight when they have too much fat on their bodies, not whenthey don't fit a preconcieved idea of how much a puppy or dog of a certain breed and age should weigh.

2) Being oversize in terms of "breed standard" isn't the same thing as"being overweight"; which one do you actually mean?
I was simply asking what her probable average weight should be.

Erm - what HER weight should be isn't the same as probable average weight for a 7-mo-old toy poodle. Poodles have more size varation than any breed I'm aware of. Toy and Mini poodles are, as I understand it, the exact same breed, and the only thing that decides which one you've got is what height the dog is when s/he is done growing.
It would be easier to guess at what her likely adult size will be (and therefore to guess at what she should weigh at 7 months) if you tell us what height and weight her sire and dam are.
T'other thing I have to ask is, why haven't you asked her breeder the question? Any reputable breeder is happy to answer questions at any time in the dog's life.
I GIVE UP! Thought it was such a STRAIGHTFOREWARD question : Is my
7 month old Toy Poodle overweight at 7 pounds? What would theaverage be? I guess we're all philosophers in a way!
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!

It's not a straightforward question, though. Too many factors must be taken into consideration which have all been brought up. The most basic answer, though, is, "no. Your dog is not overweight since you can feel his ribs." He may be over-sized for a Toy Poodle (I can't speak to that), but that has nothing to do with his weight.
What does his breeder say?

Lynne
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?

Average is meaningless when it comes to what your* dog should weigh. My dog would be *fat if she were of average weight for the breed.
Since no one here has seen your dog, not even a picture of it, then how the hell should we know if she's overweight? Or did you want us to just start making random guesses?

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The most basic answer, though, is, "no. Your dog is not overweight since you can feel his ribs."

Melinda's suggestion, though perhaps a little overambitious for this particular dog, is a good one (exercise!). From the description, the dog is out of shape, but maybe not overweight. My own personal feeling is that weight by itself doesn't tell you much about a dog's physical condition.
But, if the OP is having a conniption fit about the dog's weight, I'd recommend talking to the puppy's breeder about whether or not the dog is in good condition. 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.

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