How To Tell If A Fluffy Dog Is Overweight

Fluffy dogs weight can be trickier to assess based on a visual analysis alone.

List of fluffy breeds:

  • ​Bichon Frise
  • Coton De Tulear
  • Cockapoo
  • Havanese
  • Pekingese
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
  • Toy Poodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Chow Chow
  • Finish Lapphund
  • Keeshond
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bearded Collie

The best way to tell if a fluffy dog is overweight is to have your veterinarian weigh them and take a recording of their weight.

Your vet will be able to give you a definitive view of whether your fluffy dog is the ideal weight, overweight or underweight.

How to weigh your fluffy dog at home

There are different ways to measure dog body weight.

Many owners weigh their dogs before and after they’ve been fed. This approach is less effective, particularly with smaller fluffy breeds because their weight at the time of being weighed can be influenced by whether they’ve just eaten or taken in a large drink of water.

The best time to weigh your fluffy dog yourself is first thing in a morning.

Steps to weighing a fluffy dog yourself

Step 1

scales scaled

First, weigh yourself and take a note of what you weigh individually.

Step 2

woman holding dog

Now pick up the dog and stand on the scales, weighing yourself and the dog at the same time.

Step 3


Subtract the difference between your weight and the combined weight of you when holding the dog and this will give you your dog’s weight. Make a note of it.

How much should your dog weigh?

Every dog is different.

A dog’s ideal weight will be determined by their age, breed, lifestyle and their individual metabolism.

Your vet is the best source to get an accurate view of what your particular dog should weigh.

Here is a brief overview explaining dog weights.

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