Is your dog a healthy weight?

Just like humans, every dog has its ideal weight. The body score table will help you to work out how close your dog is to its ideal weight. It's a 5 part scoring system which you can follow to check your dog's body condition yourself. An extremely thin dog scores 1. On the other hand, a score of 5 is the sign of an extremely overweight dog. A score of 3 indicates the “ideal weight”.

Important areas for establishing your dog's body score are its ribs, the base of the tail, the vertebrae, shoulders and hips.

It is important to keep track of your dog's weight by weighing it regularly, ideally on the same scale for consistency and reliable readings.

Checking a dog's body condition

Body Score - Too Thin
1. Too Thin
  • The ribs, lumbar vertebrae and all bony protuberances can be easily seen.
  • Obvious loss of muscle mass.
  • No fat layer on the chest.
Body Score - Underweight
2. Underweight
  • The ribs, lumbar vertebrae and all bony protuberances are visible.
  • The waist is clearly visible.
  • No fat layer on the chest.
Body Score - Ideal Weight
3. Ideal Weight
  • The ribs, lumbar vertebrae and all bony protuberances can be felt, but not seen.
  • The waist is clearly visible.
  • You can feel a thin layer of fat on the chest.
Body Score - Overweight
4. Overweight
  • The ribs, lumbar vertebrae and all bony protuberances are difficult to feel.
  • The waist cannot be seen.
  • Noticeable fat deposits over the lumbar area and at the base of the tail.
Body Score - Heavily Overweight
5. Heavily Overweight
  • There is a clearly visible layer of fat over the ribcage, lumbar area and base of the tail.
  • The waist cannot be seen.
  • There is a visible increase in abdominal growth.