My Cholcolate Lab Molly is thick and muscular and weighs 115 lbs. I think she might be slightly overweight, but she gets plenty of vigorous exercise nearly every day chasing the kids on the ATVs.
It just doesn't seem like she eats very much considering the size of her frame.
Does anyone else have a lab in the weight range of Molly and is it commonplace? Should I put her on diet food?
Would love to see a pic.- sounds pretty big to me, but then my Sammi weighs only 65lb.s and she is 1 1/2 yrs. old - you should be able to feel the ribs but not see them. If you can get pics.one from the side and one from the top would be best. Oh yeah how much are you feeding her.
That's pretty big, especially considering that a female is typically 65-70 lbs or so. Yours sounds almost double? A lot of it probably depends on her build, and it may be that she just comes from a pedigree of exceptionally large labradors? Do you have any pictures? How old is she?
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Poppy is pretty thick set for her age, she has a lot of meat on her but not fat, she should go in at the waist and not have a roll on her rump when she sits down! the rib thing is right too, as said before a picture would help. oh and when its feeding time she should look trimmer then after being fed, i have the fear poppy's going to be fat as shes such a piggy, shes only 6 months though.
115lbs is not common place for a Lab. The influx of backyard breeders and puppy mills means that Labs vary tremendously in size. No reputable breeder would aim to produce dogs that weigh as much as a female Great Dane. Labs are a medium sized breed.
It is impossible to pass judgement on her weight without pictures. As other have said, if you can post pictures (one from the side and one from above) that would be great.
I will get some recent pictures today, until then here is what I have. Molly does not eat much IMO. About 2 heaping cups of Flint River Trout and Potato dry mixed with a tablespoon of canned soup or cheese to spice it up. For a snack at night she eats about 3 pig ears or a bully stick. In the morning she occasionally nibbles on a half a cup of dry, but that is only occasionally.
Molly is a beautiful girl! In the first four she looks "pretty thick"- I'm not sure the cal. content of the food she is eating, but 2 cups doesn't sound like to much. Is that 2 cups once a day. Three pig ears or a bully stick a night sounds like alot to me. But once again I don't feed either to Sammi because I worry about her not digesting them. However I'm not sure they add anything to their cal. count. Sorry I'm not more help, maybe others will have better advice. OH yeah, you have cute kids!! ;D-
Of course I think Molly is beautiful, but I am biased Many people comment on her beauty and she is a great fun loving, loyal family companion. I was told her father was a big AKC Champion Hunter.
Here is the Flint River breakdown:
Crude Protein (Min.)
Crude Fat (Min.) 12.0 %
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3.5 %
Moisture (Max.) 10.0 %
Ash (Max.) 9.0 %
Carbohydrates (Avg.) 44 %
Caloric Density (KCAL/Cup) 473
I would estimate she is getting 1100-1200 calories per day. I am not sure how many she should be getting, maybe someone else can help me out here. She runs about a mile a day and swims in our pool several times a day to cool off. It is causing her to have hot spot skin problems so I am going to have to put a stop to that.
The pig ears are 57% protein and do not give a caloric value. I wish I could afford to feed hear a raw meat and bone diet as it appears the dogs to not need carbs at all, and this may be what really contributes to weight gain. It seems they would be healthier if they were on a Ketogenic/Atkins diet year around.
She sure is pretty. I too have a very large lab. I'll try to find the link to the size thread I had. If she is excersizing enough and eating only 2 cups a day, I'd be inclined to read about hypothyriodism, thats what my boy has. He too had some skin issues. I am no professional here, just suggesting.
will add the link in a minute
she looks fine to me, can you feel her ribs? poppy's going to be a big girl