15 Jul 2022

Dog Size-O-Meter

Ensure your dog is a healthy size and weight with our Dog Size-O-Meter. We've created this dog size by weight chart to help you identify if your furry friend is in good shape and to provide helpful tips on size and weight management for your canine friend. 

Dog Weight Chart

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As a responsible dog owner you should be checking your dog's weight regularly, so why not print off our downloadable Dog Size-O-Meter and keep it on hand? 

If you need help using this chart, please take it to your vet or pet care professional for advice.

Dog Size and Shape Tips

How to Measure Dog Weight & Size

Use this method to assess your dog's weight and size to compare with our size chart.

  • Stand behind your dog. Place both of your thumbs on either side of its backbone. Spread both hands across its rib cage. The ribs should be easy to feel under the coat without excessive fat covering (like pens in a soft pencil case).
  • Look at your dog from the side and from above, can you see their waist?
  • Feel your dog’s belly. Run your hand underneath from the end of the chest along the belly. It should follow an upwards curve and not droop downwards. This is known as the abdominal tuck.

Dog Breeds & Weight

There are some cases where the natural shape of a dog may mean this simple system doesn’t translate as easily. For example, Whippets and Greyhounds tend to have lean physiques, while a Staffie will have a broader shape or a Bichon Frisé will have a nice fluffy coat for you to contend with!

Maintaining a Healthy Dog Weight

  • Once you are satisfied that your dog is the ideal size, continue to monitor it's weight and body shape. If you think your dog's weight is creeping back on, take steps to ensure they are getting enough exercise, and that you or anyone else in your family is not over feeding it.
  • It can be a challenge for your dog to stay in peak physical condition, particularly with lifestyle changes. Similar to how humans often over indulge at Christmas or on holiday, the same often applies to your dog. Be mindful of these lifestyle changes and try to keep your dog's routine as consistent as possible.

If your dog is underweight or overweight...

  • If your dog is too thin or too heavy, ask your local vet for advice. Your vet will look for any underlying health problems that could effect your dog's size. If there are no underlying health issues, your vet may suggest a change of diet and lifestyle to suit your dog's breed and requirements.
  • Many vet practices run free dog weight management consultations which are led by the veterinary nurse. The veterinary nurse can check whether your dog is overweight or not. Give your local practice a call to see what services they provide. A number of pet shops also offer free dog weight checks.