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Old 01-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm another who prefers bassets to be on the lean side, think that we have got too used to seeing heavy plodding specimens. It can't be good for them, should be fit & once mature able to walk for miles. OH took our older dog to the vet sometime ago & a new first year vet greeted them with 'my g-d your dog is anorexic', he turned around & walked out. Yes he's on the lean side always has been, a long dog but at just over 5 stone is not underweight. They are all different.
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Ya know, I, too, look more substantial than I did when I was younger
That's the thing, it's the same for people. For example here's usually a noticeable difference in shape between a teenage boy, even if he's at full height, and a 40 year old man, even with the same level of fitness.
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Jake is 13 yo and very "solid" but in no way overweight, ranges 60-65 lbs. The vet is happy with his weight. He is certainly not what you see in some photos where the belly is dragging.

Ellie is 6 mo and weighs about 35 lbs. She is lean but not skinny. The vet is also happy with her weight.

I figure, if the vet is happy, so I am I. I also know by NO means are either of these dogs are "starving" besides regular meal, they get lots of "goodies"

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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When we adopted Arthur in June, he was a slim 37 1/2 pounds. The vet was pleasantly surprised by Arthur's weight and said that even though he was a little underweight, it was alright and good to see a skinnier Basset. However, with a few treats and feedings for whenever he's hungry (he's not a glutton when it comes to his dogfood), Arthur's been staying around 40 pounds now and seems to be quite well. He doesn't look quite as skinny now, but is still nice and slim. I think he might drop, though, when the summer months hit and he gets longer walks.
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Our dog Harry is 29kg which the vet said is perfect for him. He's a large Basset but not very wrinkly and looks quite fit and trim. Our newly acquired female dog is 33kg but is fat! (she's on a smaller frame but more wrinkly). Sadly her last owner was very poorly & died recently so I think she spent a lot of time in bed with this lady and didn't walk too much. She seemed to get a lot of treats too! So she's now getting use to regular longer walks and only occasional treats. She could do with losing about 4 - 5kgs the vet has suggested. We think she's lost a bit already & will get her weighed at the vets next week. We walk once a month with our local Basset Hound Club and there is about 35+ Bassets in total. They are all different shapes and sizes although the same breed so I do think they vary a lot.
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5 stone?

What the heck>?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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kg = 2.2 lb ie 29kg = 64lb

stone = 14 lb 5 stones =70 lbs
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