Dog body condition score chart

Learn how to check your dog’s weight. What is my dog’s ideal weight ? Dog Body weight Chart. Is your dog overweight, obese underweight, thin emaciated or ideal weight?


                              Emaciated dog

  •   Individual ribs, spine and pelvis prominent   and evident from a distance.
  •   Lack of muscle mass.
  •   Little or no body fat.
  •   Rump hollow.
  •   Waist prominent when viewed from above.
  •   Abdomen obviously tucked up.
  •   Neck thin.
  •   No fat on tail.

Veterinary advice must be   sought.


thin skinny dog

  •   Ribs, spine and pelvis bones visible and   easily felt.
  •   Little body fat.
  •   Neck thin.
  •   Abdomen tucked up.
  •   Little fat on tail.
  •   Obvious waist when viewed from above.

Increase feeding and worm   dog if not wormed recently. (ensure all-wormer used – some products do not   cover all worms).

Seek veterinary advice if   dog remains underweight or unsure of feeding or worming regime.


ideal weight dog

  •   Ribs and spine can be felt, last few ribs may   be visible.
  •   Dog should have a waist when viewed from   above.
  •   Belly is tucked up when viewed from side.
  •   Good muscle mass.
  •   Rump well muscled.


overweight dog

  •   Ribs and spine not visible but can be felt.
  •   Fat deposit on tail.
  •   Little or no waist when viewed from above,   rounded appearance, back appears broadened.
  •   Dog squarish along back line when viewed from   side.
  •   Abdomen not tucked up, may appear rounded underneath.

Reduce feed intake or   provide lower calorie feed. Increase exercise.

Seek veterinary advice if   unsure of appropriate diet or concerns over exercise regime.



  •   Ribs and spine not visible and difficult to   feel.
  •   Tail has obvious fat deposit.
  •   No waist and back broadened when viewed from   above.
  •   Belly obviously rounded and possibly   distended.
  •   Dog square or rounded up along back line when   viewed from side.

Seek veterinary advice on   diet and exercise regime.