Alrighty. So I have had my 4yo aussie/st bernard mix, Cash, since he was 10-months-old. When I got him, he weighed about 45lbs, but lost 5lbs within the first week because he had kennel cough. Since then I have had almost a constant battle keeping him at a good weight.
When we lived in our apartment in Tucson, it was easier to keep weight on him because the most exercise he got was our daily hour-long walk. Once we moved back to my hometown, though, he became a mainly outdoor dog (the house I was living in wouldn't let me have him inside) and he had the run of 1/3 acre. At least twice a week we went to my parents' house (they have five acres) and he got to run as much as he wanted. The daily hour-long walks continued, though.
Since we moved to my hometown, I have found it nearly impossible to keep him at a good weight in the summertime. Wintertime is different as he's not quite as active (not as many bunnies to chase) and he grows his winter coat out, so he looks
"fatter" than he is.
Right now he weighs 53lbs and stands about 25" at the shoulder. He's not scary-skinny or anything, but he is much ribbier than I would like and his hip bones can be seen fairly easily. The thing is, he is free-fed Canidae lamb and brown rice dry food. I fill his bowl whenever it is empty, which usually ends up being once a day. The scoop I use is two cups (an old Brummel and Brown butter container
). According to the Canidae feeding guide, this is the right amount for his size. CANIDAEŽ All Natural Holistic Dog Food - Lamb & Rice dry formula
However, I still feel like he is skinny (and my mom gives me crap about it whenever we're over there).
He is as healthy as a horse, so to speak, so I know it's not worms or anything like that. The vet who gave him his rabies shot this year was impressed with how well-built he is and how gorgeous his coat is. She didn't express concern over his weight, but it was a rabies clinic, so she obviously didn't have time for a real exam or anything.
I don't know...maybe I'm being a concerned momma over nothing. I don't have any really current pics of him, but I'll try to take a couple in the next few days and post them. Anyone have any ideas how to get some weight on him? My ideal weight for him would be about 60-65lbs, to be honest.
Here's a couple of older pics so you can get an idea of his overall build...
From when we first moved back to my hometown...only reason he was in the water was because I was...he HATES water:
His first snow...LOVED it:
Playing with one of the cows on the state land that backs up to my parents' house:
And just because it's a cute pic, Cash when I first got him and my son...Cash had nibbled my son's elbow (his way of getting your attention) and my son did NOT find it amusing!