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Is my dog fat?

Due to the nice weather, we've brought Shelby out with us a lot more this week. Shelby got a lot of attention, but Steven and I noticed that several people affectionately commented that Shelby is chubby. Hmmm. Now Steven and I have always felt that Shelby was big, but we thought she carried it well. Steven was offended at the first mention of her being fat, but by the third comment (in the same week), we began to wonder if we just couldn't see it because she's our dog. And so we brought her to the dog park to get some exercise. Other pug owners told us that they didn't think she was fat, but Shelby was the biggest pug there.

Shelby (in the green collar) gets overrun by two other pugs.

A face off between Sammy and Shelby.

Crazy pug wrestling next to Steven's leg.

Shelby pauses to let Sammy get to know her.

Shelby rolls over for everyone. She's quite the submissive dog.

March 14, 2005 | Permalink


Maybe she's just big boned? Most people think pugs are fat because of their log like shape. :) Try the rib test. I've heard people say that if you feel your dog's side, you should be able to feel the individual ribs of the dog. If it all kinda blends together, then maybe ask your vet.

Posted by: h | Mar 14, 2005 8:22:48 AM

I don't think Shelby's fat. She's just a pug, and IMO, most "pet" pugs are a little on the scrawny side. My pugs get a pretty good amount of exercise, and they're husky -- they're also champions, so I think there are some AKC judges who agree w/ us that our dogs are NOT fat.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 14, 2005 9:52:43 AM

My Max is a husky pug, as well. I felt bad too for awhile until I noticed how much taller he is than most pugs. Now, I don't woory too much about it.

Posted by: Amanda | Mar 14, 2005 9:59:37 AM

Shelby looks to be the perfect dimensions for a pug..... LOTS of people comment about our Pug being over weight as well.. I think it has alot to do with their barrel shape..

Posted by: Justin | Mar 14, 2005 2:19:22 PM

I own a Pug and most people say that he is pretty fat too. But the majority of those people don't know anything about Pugs, so they just say that he is fat. We as fellow Pug owners know that it's okay if our Pugs are a little pudgy, but not extremely pudgy, which Shelby does not look like she is. So I wouldn't worry if I were you. But when the vet says she's a little too fat then you should start worrying :P

Posted by: Loni | Mar 14, 2005 3:33:50 PM

Our Daisey May weighs about 15lbs. She gets alot of exercise though! She and our Lab play and wrestle all day long!I can't understand why the Lab is fat though! Daiseys' new thing is playing with her tennis balls, she hides them in the couch cushions then jumps and drives her face into the cushion to try to get them out! Its hysterical!!! She's a high energy dog! We haven't started walking yet, its STILL snowing here and very cold(12 degrees right now) for her so we don't take her out for very long. She looks so pathetic when she shivers and holds up one little paw!!

Posted by: Lisa | Mar 15, 2005 4:09:21 AM

Oh, for pete's sakes, your pug isn't FAT!! She's adorable. Call me when she reaches 32 pounds. That's where my pug (Spaz) is at!! He's HUGE.

Posted by: Laura | Mar 15, 2005 1:16:59 PM

I would not even worry about yout pug. Its almost like being called fat comes with the territory. My pug is 17 pounds and the vet had me put her on a weight maintainence dog food so she doesn't get any bigger. Don't be offended by others comments, pugs are supposed to be "a lot of dog in a little space".

Posted by: Jennifer | Mar 19, 2005 8:05:36 PM

I agree with everyone else. Pugs are meant to be barrel shaped. People have made the same comment about our Sadie, and she's actually the perfect weight for her bones. Besides...people should know better than to say things like that. Sheesh :)

Posted by: Justyna | Mar 22, 2005 11:13:51 AM

My pugs Lucky is an overweight pug,he is
22 pounds and going..I think i know why
because my mom feeds him pork chopps all
day.He is 4 years old.I am worried....so
do not feel bad about yours.

Posted by: Luiz | Apr 4, 2005 7:41:29 PM

Those r some fat dogs

Posted by: Samantha | Jan 23, 2007 9:19:35 AM

My pug is 20 lbs, 5 months ago and not fat. Do you think I bought a boxer?

Posted by: Dave | Mar 22, 2008 6:02:15 PM

my pug is 30 pounds but is more mussle than fat. The vet says it is fine.

Posted by: R | Jul 2, 2008 3:14:34 PM

my pug weghts 30 pounds he walks every day and swims some times its to hot we have a fenced yard gets lots of exercise and plays with the other dog

Posted by: mugzzy | Jun 28, 2009 8:32:52 AM

mugzzy is happy and fat

Posted by: mugzzy | Jun 28, 2009 8:33:38 AM

my pug Jake is 36 lbs. So, he is quite chubby, I want him to be healthy,Hr dosn't get enough exercise, We don't have a frnced yard. Suggestions please!!!!!!

Posted by: darlene | Nov 21, 2009 3:30:43 PM

A local dog park might help Jake get back in shape, and have fun at the same time.

Posted by: Winnie | Nov 23, 2009 9:54:37 PM

I have 2 little boy pugs. Winston is smaller very active and about 22lbs. Theodore loves to lay and watch Winston run, and is around 32lbs. They have the same father but different mothers. The vet always tell me Theodore should weight the same as Winston. Theodore eats way less and is taller. I'm not sure what to do.

Posted by: donna | May 17, 2010 9:40:46 AM

my pug is 40 pounds exercises all the time helthy no dibeties or thyroids there over bread

Posted by: mugzzy | Feb 13, 2011 11:46:00 AM

he got fenced in yard loves to play swim and eat

Posted by: mugzzy | Feb 13, 2011 11:46:47 AM

we are watching my friends pug and he is fat he weases and snorts like a pig and is 34 pounds and he's not a big pug he's a little one and he's really fat.

Posted by: christopher | Jul 4, 2011 7:15:44 PM

Our pug Humphrey has been dieting all his wonderful life. Everyone who meets him says "my he the fattest dog I have ever seen." Well they can go pug themselves. He has a large ribcage, and very, very thick hair. Fat indeed. He is wonderful, and so is your dog.

Posted by: Jeudi Curtis | Aug 18, 2011 5:51:49 PM

My pug is over twice that fat and she was a runt. You have nothing to worry about.

Posted by: anonomus | Aug 20, 2011 7:15:21 PM

if you couldn't see that your dogs fat she probely isn't she is probely big boned. :)

Posted by: lilli | Jul 22, 2012 8:12:53 PM

MY PUG MUNCHIE IS 34 POUNDS AND IS REALLY TALL I HAVE NEVER SEEN A PUG AS BIG AS HIM. Everything is perfect with him so i have no worrys he's over wieght or anything..40 pounds now that seems to be a lil much take him to the vet and just see if he's allright if so carry on he'll be just fine..I love pugs there the best dogs ever and would'nt have another dog pugs for me forever..JUSTIN SNYDER...

Posted by: JUSTIN SNYDER | Dec 22, 2012 1:18:54 AM

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