Heracles

Discussion in 'English Mastiff' started by Rabid, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. Rabid

    Rabid New Member

    I have a 3 year old English mastiff. He is 143 pounds and I am wanting to know if he is underweight?
     
  2. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Well-Known Member

    Hi Rabid,

    I guess it depends on his overall condition, genetics, his height etc. By the number alone, I would not say that he is underweight. Again, hard to tell without knowing more about the other variables. Do you have a picture you would want to post (if you feel comfortable with that). A lot of users on here have amazing experience, and can provide more detailed information.
    My English Mastiff is a little short of 2 1/2 years and about 225 lbs, which was somewhat expected based on the parents. Even at three, Heracles can and probably will still gain some weight.
     
  3. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Yes. Pictures with him standing from over the top so we can see his back, and from the side would be great. Body condition is more important than the number. Overweight dogs are far too common in the US. I don't know about other countries. Body condition is much more important than the weight on the scale. Here's a body condition chart. This goes for any breed. Bigger isn't better. Especially for out big guys, a little under is preferable, imo.

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  4. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    Far too many dogs are over weight in Canada too
     
  5. Rabid

    Rabid New Member

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  7. Rabid

    Rabid New Member

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  8. Rabid

    Rabid New Member

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  9. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Where do you feel he stands on the body condition chart? I know it's hard to tell with a brindle in a picture, so your assessment is important. What does your vet think?

    Personally I think he looks great from what I can tell from the picture. I don't see any spine or hips poking up, nor do I see lots of ribs. Thinner is most definitely better. Overweight mastiffs are the norm, imo, because that's what people are used to seeing.
     
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  10. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

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    He looks like a handsome boy. I think he’s looking pretty good... my Bella is around 125 to 130lbs and my vet thinks Bella is at a perfect weight
     

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