Sighthounds are not built like non-sighthound dogs. Not many people are aware of what a fat sighthound looks like, since an ideal weight sighthound looks emaciated by normal dog standards! So here’s a quick visual guide.
(Image from: Sighthound Underground: Does this martingale make my dog’s butt look big?)
Although individual dogs are different and there is no one weight that is good for all dogs of a certain breed, here are a few things to look for in judging your sighthound’s weight:
On an ideal weight sighthound, you will be able to:
-See several of your dog’s ribs, and some of their spine.
-See the tips of the hips.
-See a well-defined tuck in the waist.
Here’s some examples of ideal vs. obese sighthounds:
(From: Greyhound Crossroads: How to know if your Greyhound is at the proper weight)
As with any other type of dog, obesity in sighthounds can lead to numerous health problems. Although uniformed people might accuse you of starving your pet (happens all the time to me), keeping your sighthound at a good weight is vital to her health and well-being! Pet obesity is a huge problem with over 50% of dogs in the US being obese as of 2012. Don’t unintentionally contribute to this statistic with your lovely lithe sighthounds.