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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by jasper1, Apr 8, 2011.
Does anyone know how much a 3 month old border collie should weigh?
am not sure but i speak to your vet if you think he/she under/other weight , i popped to pets at home and got molly weighed and they was really help full
Not sure about actual weigt but as a rule of thumb, you should be able to feel his ribs pretty easily, but not be able too see them (If you can he is probably under weight) When you look at him from above, he should also have a waist and a shape. You should find that your vet will be happy to weigh him free of charge, just pop him in and ask a vet nurse, she will have a good idea too, whether he is the correct weight. Its good to weigh then regularly too as you can see they are putting on a nice steady even weight gain.
weight as in fit or healthy weight is a condition - not a number.
how fast the pup is growing & what stage of growth, which gender & what size of frame, & so on, all bear on the fit,
fat, underweight, malnourished, pudgy, un-fit [poor muscle, atrophy, etc] state of the dog.
the SPINE of a BC should never be visible or palpable without significant pressure.
[the latter 3rd of a sighthound's spine is normally visible - but not the tailbones, nor the thoracic vertebrae.]
there should be visible tuck-up seen from the side at the dog's level, from the end of the ribs slightly, then more upward
as the belly approaches the rear-leg [again as seen from the side, level with the dog].
from above, the widest part of the dog should be the shoulders - neck should taper up toward head,
ribs should be narrower than the shoulder running down to the forelegs.
the ribs should not be visible, but should be easily palpable with fingers - under light pressure, U should feel
each rib with a slight dip between into muscle - no sharp edges, a smooth dip, like a xylophone in a suede-bag.
from above, the dog should also have a definite & distinct waist between end of ribs & hindquarters -
generally about 2/3 the width of the shoulders & 3/4th the span of the ribcage midway down the body.
no dog should resemble a pipe, straight from shoulders to butt - not from above, nor viewed from the side.
the spine should feel smooth, with no falling-away to either side - there should be muscle filling the gap between
the spinal processes [the dragon-bump on each vertebra] & the rib-cage.
there should be no "valley" over the spinal-processes, fat dogs may have a dip running down the spine,
as fat horses often do.
a healthy pup should feel solid & weighty for their size, not squushy-soft like a water-filled balloon but firm,
and there should be no watery pouch of a belly whether they are standing or sitting - a pup with a frail frame
and potty belly is very likely to have a heavy parasite-burden, or is seriously malnourished, has metabolic problems,
or perhaps absorption or digestion is poor - pups who are taken too young from their dams often have GI-issues,
as all mammals are born with under-developed intestines and they must grow their length, develop proper villi,
have healthy probiotic colonies to help digest & support immune function, etc.
healthy animals are also well-hydrated: if U gently grasp the skin over the withers [directly above the forelegs
and over the spine] & hold the two sides together in a fold, then let go, the skin should snap down elastically
& immediately; the longer it takes to lose the 'fold' & become smooth, the more dehydrated the animal.
this is easily demonstrated on oneself: lightly grasp the loose skin on the back of one hand, opposite the palm;
then let go of the fold, & watch it snap down & become smooth again.