Buckbeak Is A Small Corgi
So I know we seldom make text posts on this blog (it’s usually a gazillion photos of Buckbeak - I hope you’re not complaining), but I thought I should share our latest discovery at the vet clinic.
We brought Buckbeak in to our vet clinic for his yearly vaccination today. He hasn’t been to the vet clinic in a year because he had been relatively healthy and had no problems whatsoever in this entire year (praise the Lord!).
So as per the usual routine, Buckbeak got on the weighing scale and it showed that he weighed 9.8kg (about 21lbs?) at 1 year and 9 months of age, which I assure you, many corgi owners be like “What??? He’s too skinny!!!”. That’s because, most corgis weigh MUCH heavier than that.
Here are some online references that I got off the internet that gives you a general guideline on how heavy you can expect your corgis to be:
So basically, as a male corgi at his full size, Buckbeak should actually be weighing up to 11 or 14 kilograms.
That being said, there were many people who commented about how Buckbeak looks very much like the “puppy-size” version of their dog because their corgis end up growing much heavier and bigger than the guidelines (e.g. 17 - 23kg). I kid you not. We’ve met a corgi that’s 23kg and it was glorious. I could feel the love her owner had for her just by looking at her fats jiggle when she walks. I LOVED IT. However, I was still pretty taken aback at the size of the corgi and I started wondering if Buckbeak was ever going to grow to that size.
Anyway, knowing that corgis are supposed to grow to about 11-14kg and Buckbeak was barely 9kg then, I monitored Buckbeak’s weight on my own at home and fed him a few more kibbles than the recommended amount on the package. So now he weights 9.8kg. Not a great feat but it made me worry knowing that he was not hitting even the minimum weight on the guidelines.
But when we finally went in for our consultation this morning, the vet told us that Buckbeak is actually TOO FAT for his bone frame. SAY WHUUUUTT?? He even squished the fats on Buckbeak’s body and showed me why Buckbeak is considered too fat and I must admit, that 1 inch of blubber is pretty convincing. Yes, the vet did use the word blubber.
We were informed that Buckbeak is a smaller type of corgi as compared to the regular corgis. It is not that he is a dwarf corgi or have any bone defects, but he actually has a smaller frame as compared to the rest. One explanation we were given is that Buckbeak is bred in Taiwan and corgis bred in Taiwan are sometimes known to grow smaller than the Australian bred ones. The point is, he has a smaller frame compared to the regular corgis that the guidelines refer to. So the vet told us that we had to forget what we have read and heard about corgi weight and size because for Buckbeak, he should not be aiming to weigh more than 10 kilograms!
So guys, I guess the main point for this post is that guidelines that are given to you (especially online and not by a professional) are not a hard and fast rule for every single dog. Always consult your vet or a professional about your dog’s health before making major decisions for your dog. Most importantly, don’t go by hearsay.
Please don’t go ahead and do what I did and tried to remedy the situation in a way you think that would be good. You’re not the professional! See, now because I tried to play ‘vet’, Buckbeak will need more exercise to get trimmer and maintain a healthier weight for his bone frame.
Here are two links (there are many more online that you can find) on why it is not a good idea to leave your dog overweight:
Like I said, the information available online may or may not be the most accurate, so take them all with a pinch of salt guys! Just knowing some information is better than none. But remember to consult your vet for more accurate information that is tailored to your dog!
Now I leave you with these questions: How heavy is your corgi and do you think he/she is overweight?
Buckbeak and J.