How do I know what my dog should weigh?
There are charts of ideal body weight for various breeds, these are really just a guide and there are so many mixed breeds of dogs that it can be very confusing for some. So look at the size of your dog and know that if your dog is fat, you won’t be able to gently feel a ripple of ribs under his skin with a flat palm. If you can see the ribs then your dog is too thin. Just be aware if you have a dog with thick hair you may not see this, but if you’re snuggling and cuddling then it will be very apparent.
Your dog is a perfect weight if he has a slight waist and you can feel the ribs gently rippling under the palms of your hands as you move them to and fro, but are unable to see them.
Wee puppies should have wobbly skin and puppy fat. As they grow older they will become leaner but you should never be able to see ribs.