Ideal Body Shape

Unfortunately, there are no set rules as to whether your dog has the ideal body shape and weight, as these depend not only on the breed and the size of your dog but also on your dog’s individual body structure. However, there are a few tips and guidelines that you can use as pointers to establish whether your dog’s weight is normal or whether he is too fat or too thin. Examine your dog closely and run your hands over him. His weight is considered normal if you can feel his ribs beneath a thin layer of body fat. The same goes for the bones at the base of the tail. When viewed from above, you should also be able to observe a clearly defined waist. When a dog is too thin, depending on how badly underweight he is, the healthy layer of fat becomes thinner and thinner until there is no layer of fat left. The ribs become increasingly visible, the spine can be easily felt and the body has a hollow appearance when viewed from above. The opposite occurs when a dog is too fat. Depending on how badly overweight the dog is, the layer of fat becomes larger so that the ribs are not easily felt and rolls of fat form at the base of the tail. When viewed from above, the back will also look anything from slightly to extremely broad and the waistline is non-existent. In addition to this combination of visual indicators and “touch tests”, there are also, of course, breed-specific weight guidelines that you can follow. However, even here, bear in mind that a dog’s individual ideal weight can deviate from the norm. If you want to be sure about your dog’s weight, you should talk to your vet or breeder.

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Dog Sports Club

In addition to recreational activities, joining a dog sports club is a great way of keeping your dog at the appropriate level of fitness for his breed, socialising him with other dogs and attaining objectives as part of a team while receiving expert advice and support. It also gives you the opportunity to take part in sports that require both the use of special purpose equipment specifically designed for dogs and a large amount of space. We have put together here three suggestions for sports club activities that will help keep your dog on his toes


What should you do if your dog starts to gain weight?

People don’t get fat between Christmas and New Year; they get fat between New Year and Christmas! This saying may be aimed at humans, but it can also be applied perfectly to our four-legged friends, as more and more dogs are becoming overweight. Read on to find out how you can resolve this problem, what is important to consider when feeding your dog and which snacks are healthy for your four-legged friend.



Your dog needs exercise, but how much and how strenuous should it be? The amount and type of exercise that is good for your dog depend partly on the body structure which is characteristic for his breed, but also on the age of your dog and his individual character traits as well as his current physical condition. Large, long-legged dogs are certainly recommended to have several long walks a day, plus various other activities where they can get a really good workout. However, this amount and type of exercise would most likely be too much for smaller dogs. For this reason, when planning an activity, you should always remember that not only you but also your dog should get enjoyment out of it. If you overexert him, this can have as harmful an effect on his health as too little exercise. You should exercise particular caution when exercising puppies or older dogs. The following four suggestions will help you organise your leisure time and give you a few ideas for activities that you can do together with your dog.