Five Fat Dog Breeds
I can understand it if you are not interested in adopting one of the five skinny dog breeds. Although they look great and run fast, they are certainly not for everyone. If you are thinking about purchasing one of the dogs in this list, however, be careful—you are in for some headaches.
You need to take great care of your dog and not let her develop into one of the pets seen in the pictures here. Fat dogs live shorter lives. It is unfortunate but true. In order to keep them thin you need to take these dogs on extra walks every day, control calories, and even watch the dog treats and other special treats you may feel like giving.
Which five dog breeds are most likely to become fat?
This cat-loving dog breed mellows out early and enjoys hanging around the house, playing with the kids, and being an all-around great companion. They also enjoy eating, of course. Beagles are food motivated their entire lives, and are famous for taking control of their household and becoming overweight.
Beagles can stay thin and in really great shape as long as they have a job. Give your dog something to do; if you are not able to give her a real job sniffing drugs at the airport, at least you can strap on a dog backpack and have her carry a load of water bottles during her walk. Keep your Beagle thin and healthy!
The Basset may not be high on Dr. Coren´s intelligence rating, but he is a champion at eating. The Basset Hound is also mild, much calmer than most dogs, and is much more likely to lie around on the couch than bark and bite.
This breed is prone to obesity, unfortunately, because of his conformation and healthy appetite. Unless you are willing to give this dog extensive exercise, he is not the best dogs to choose. If you are willing to take him for long walks, however, you can keep him thin and this is one of the best dog breeds you can choose.
Is a round, little body part of this dog´s cuteness? Most people think so. An overweight Pug, though, is really not cute. The poor dog has enough problems breathing even without weight problems, and excessive fat makes things that more difficult.
Weight control in the Pug is a big problem because you cannot exercise your pet as much as you would a Beagle or a Labrador. You must be especially cautious during the summer when humidity levels are high and your dog will have problems cooling herself. You can walk your dog inside, however, and if you control food consumption your dog should never become obese.
If you already have a Pug, or one of the designer breeds like a Puggle, you know that weight control is a common problem. Stay on top of it before it becomes a threat to your dog´s health!
This long-lived breed may keep you company for many years but they do have several problems. One of them is weight gain. Although this cute little dog has short legs, what the Doxie also has is a full-size dog stomach.
Besides the normal health problems that any overweight dog can develop, Doxies also have an added danger—their long backs make them more likely to develop intravertebral disc disease, and being overweight makes the condition that much more likely to happen. When your Dachshund slips a disc it can press on her spinal column and cause paralysis in her rear legs. She can lose the ability to urinate and defecate normally and become paraplegic. Keeping her thin is not a guarantee that this will not happen, but it reduces the chances, and isn´t it worth the effort?
Labs love to eat. Veterinarians in several countries have determined that this dog breed is more likely to be presented in a state of morbid obesity. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), Labradors are the breed most likely to be presented already overweight.
The most popular dog breed, for several years, the Labrador is intelligent and has a great personality. So intelligent, in fact, that a Lab is likely to learn how to open your cabinets and look for something to eat. As far as garbage cans go, the Lab was probably responsible for the invention of term “dumpster diving”.
If you decide to get a Lab you need to be aware of this health issue from the very first day. Limit his caloric intake and be sure to provide him with plenty of exercise. Exercise does not mean a potty break around the block! Take your dog for long walks, at least thirty minutes, twice a day. Do not expect to just turn him out in the backyard and burn up those excess calories. (Since Labs are intelligent, they probably think like we do. Whenever the urge to exercise comes over your Lab he just lies down until the urge goes away.)
The more time you spend walking or training your dog, the less likely she is to develop problems with excessive weight gain. Buy a book or look up some articles and teach your dog tricks to keep her in great shape!
Several other breeds are known for obesity but of course any dog will become overweight when not given enough exercise. Keeping your dog in shape only requires two things on your part: put less food down in the bowl and exercise more—you do not need to use a drug like Slentrol or hire your dog a personal trainer. Your dog has not learned how to open the refrigerator, and even a smart dog like a Lab is not able to pizza take out with extra sausage!
Start taking care of this problem now. No dog on this list has to suffer the life of a fat dog.
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