Having your French Bulldog weighed by your veterinarian is the best way to tell if they are overweight. In that case, your vet can determine if your dog is overweight. Your veterinarian will also examine your Frenchie’s body and compare it to a chart that ranks body types by shape. Scores typically range from one to nine, one representing very underweight and nine representing extremely overweight. Body composition targets usually fall between four and five.
How Much Should A French Bulldog Weigh?
Expected Growth For A Puppy (M/F)
|1 week||1.2 – 2.2 lbs / 0.5 – 1.0 kg|
|4 week||2.0 – 4.2 lbs / 1.0 – 2.0 kg|
|8 week||5.0 – 6.9 lbs / 2.2 – 3.0 kg|
|12 week||6.9 – 9.0 lbs / 3.0 – 4.0 kg|
|16 week||9.0 – 12 lbs / 4.0- 5.4 kg|
|18 week||12 – 15 lbs / 5.4 – 6.8 kg|
|22 week||15 – 16 lbs / 5.4 – 7.2 kg|
|26 week||16 – 18 lbs / 7.2 – 8.1 kg|
|Adult||23 – 28 lbs / 10 – 12.5 kg|
So how do I know if my French Bulldog is overweight.
In the United States, more than half of all dogs are overweight or obese, according to the Pet Obesity Project. Being overweight puts our dogs at a greater risk of arthritis and reduces their lifespan.
Obesity, however, has been associated with many other conditions in dogs, including cancer, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Your French Bulldog may become overweight because of many factors – such as being overfed, not getting enough exercise, or being ill. It’s important to talk with your veterinarian if you believe your Frenchie could be overweight, mainly if rapid weight gain. We’re not always the best judges of our dogs’ weight. For dogs to be able to clean themselves, they must be able to reach all parts of the body.
Again, some Frenchies cannot reach those parts of their bodies because of their different body types. You should not jump to the conclusion that your French Bulldog is obese. As well as the weight guides above here is a standard chart of what to look for when assessing your dog’s condition. Using the graphic below, you can get a sense of how a dog’s condition should be viewed from different perspectives. It is obvious from this picture that the “Ideal” dog in this photo has a round abdomen just before the legs. Although the ribs are not prominent, there is not much visible fat on the sides.
Your Frenchie must look like this as closely as possible.
Reasons That Your French Bulldog Could Be Overweight
After determining that your dog may be overweight or obese, it’s time to look into what could be causing the problem.
|Although it may seem obvious, what you feed your French Bulldog and the portion size of each meal drastically affects their weight. A study has shown that dogs eating kibble are 1.2 times more likely to be obese than dogs eating a fresh food diet. Furthermore, a few small meals throughout the day can help to maintain a healthy weight, more than one large meal per day. However, as long as treats represent less than 10% of an individual’s total caloric intake, they do not necessarily increase the risk of obesity.|
|Frenchies from 6 to 10 years of age have the highest risk of being overweight or obese, but this declines as they age.|
|There was a 4 times greater likelihood that depressed French Bulldogs would be obese than happy French Bulldogs. Depression in dogs can show itself by becoming inactive and withdrawn, as well as by changing their eating and sleeping habits.|
|Low activity levels can lead to your French Bulldog becoming overweight or obese, just as humans. Dogs who exercise less than four hours a week are six times more likely to be obese than dogs who exercise over seven hours a week.|
|It is possible that an existing condition could affect your French Bulldog’s weight. For example, a joint injury could deter them from exercising, or thyroid disease or metabolic disorder could result in being underweight or obese. It is also important to talk to your veterinarian about your Frenchies ideal weight, whether there is, in fact, a weight issue, and if an underlying health problem could be to blame.|
Treatment Of Obesity In French Bulldog
In order to treat obesity in dogs, weight loss must be achieved, followed by a lifetime commitment to maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss occurs when caloric intake decreases and exercise increases, like in humans. During your veterinarian’s visit, they will recommend portion size, feeding times, treat frequency, and appropriate foods. As protein and fiber stimulate metabolism and increase satiety, foods that are high in protein and low in fat promote weight loss. Limiting treats and table scraps is important. It is good to feed green beans and other vegetables instead of treats.
You can get both canned and kibble dog foods formulated for weight loss and maintenance from commercial and prescription sources. It is not recommended to eat homemade diets because they often fall short of daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Exercise is just as important as diet to reach and maintain healthy body weight.
You can walk your dog for thirty minutes a day on a leash (you can do this in ten-minute intervals), play outdoor games, train on a treadmill, or swim. Dog daycares can provide exercise and playtime for your pet two to three times a week.
Most pet stores sell bowls that require your dog to work for each piece of food if it eats too fast. Treat balls that dispense treats only when your dog rolls them around are another good tool. In order to avoid upsetting the digestive system, dietary changes need to be made gradually. After purchasing a new food, feed half the newly purchased food with half the old food for seven days unless your veterinarian advises otherwise. Once this period is over, you may feed the food exclusively.
During the first month of a weight management program, your French Bulldog’s body weight should be checked to ensure that the program is working. Weighting pets is free at most veterinary clinics, and no appointment is needed. Adjustments may need to be made to the exercise and diet protocol as weight changes.
Ensure that dietary changes are clearly explained to family and friends to prevent your Frenchie from consuming table scraps. You should follow the weight management protocol carefully to prevent your French Bulldog from gaining weight. Once your Frenchie has reached a healthy weight, a maintenance diet and exercise schedule should be followed for the rest of their life.