I just weighed my 9 1/2 month old Pembroke female and I am afraid she is overweight (about 24 pounds now).  

How much should she weigh at this stage?  thanks 

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There is no definite weight.   Corgis come in a pretty big range of height and frame size;  one of mine is perfect at 28 pounds and the other is perfect at 36 pounds.    In addition, some 9 month olds have already started to get their adult chests and heft and others are still filling out and should be lean.

Do you have any recent photos of her?  That can help.  Even so, it's best to go by feel.  Their rib cage should feel like the back of your hand (you should be able to easily feel where each bone is but there should be a thin layer of firm flesh over the top of it).   From the top, you should see a tuck right before the points of the hips (and you should be able to see that the hips have points!!).   From the side, you should be able to see a tuck up around the groin area.  

Many Corgis with a "waist" are still fat because Corgis for some reason tend to carry some extra flesh over their loin, so they can tuck in at the waist and still have a roll of fat.     24 pounds does not sound large for an average-sized Corgi, but if she is very petite it might still be heavy.

Here's a photo of an overweight Jack.  Notice the lack of waist.   Corgi's should NOT be bullet-shaped like this:

The dog on the right is the same dog in good weight.  Notice how much smaller the back end looks than the front end; a puppy without its chest won't show such a difference.  Maddie, the Corgi on the left, shows a dog with more coat in proper weight.

Oh, thanks so much for this!  Sadly,  I am a technical klutz and do not know how to upload pics of her onto the computer (which is why her puppy pic is all I have on here :(  )

Fortunately she does not look to bad as this pooch does in his top pic -  she doesn't really have a waistline but does not have a big belly,  either.  And is not bullet-shaped to too much of an extent.

I did have an American Eskimo who became grossly obese without my realizing it was happening (he was very fluffy and it just kind of snuck up bit by bit)--  then it was an impossible task to get the weight off,  so I am going to up her exercise and cut back a bit on feed before it gets out of hand.

thanks so much again---this pic is not her (got it off the web)  but pretty much looks like her right now.

wanted to add that mine sits a bit higher off the ground -  in other words,  compared to the pic above,  her chest and belly are higher up from the ground than this dog above.

Generally pups are in a rapid growth stage 'till around 7 or 8 months and then start to slow down, requiring less food than they did before.They are still growing however and need the nutrients, so don't make drastic changes.  You can reduce a bit and reassess things in a few weeks, then reduce a bit more if needed and wait a few more weeks to reassess again.  Then you may notice a growth spurt and need to go up a bit.... it's more of an art than a science.  Increasing exercise is a good thing on all fronts.

Thanks,  Yes I am still giving her Merrick puppy formula kibble but I guess when she is a year old I'll switch to adult formula.  She is enjoying running around in the snow here and is always frisky and up for exercise so that is a help :-)  I will keep an eye on her weight as I don't want her to become obese as my last dog did.  This will be a prevention is the best cure agenda.  

You can switch to an adult food in the same line right now ( or as soon as you're out of your current stash ). Puppy foods have higher fat content and your pup does not need that.

Think of letting her mature into her current weight rather than dropping weight. And I agree it is probably time to start gradually cutting her back. It's hard to get used to but I evaluate my dogs' activity about every day and adjust their food accordingly. Lots of training and extra treats? Slightly less food. No walk because of horrible cold? Slightly less food. Going swimming? A bit more food.

I try to give them a very good look over at least twice a week as well to make sure they aren't gaining.

But early on, as you can see from the top photo, I wasn't so good at it and Jack was fat before I noticed it.

Thanks,  Anna:  I buy it online and will order the adult formula as I need to order more in the next couple of days.

Beth,  yes,  I have been giving her extra runs as she loves the snow,  and will run for 20 minutes in it about 3 x per day,  and with keeping her on just enough food (but not too much chicken or rice ,  which I often mix in )  it should even out.

Thanks so much to all :-)

Mix in the chicken for extra protein, leave out the rice unneeded carbs :-)

Oh.  OK  -  maybe that's part of the problem.  Will do.  Is it OK to sometimes give her low fat cottage cheese?  I also give pumpkin to keep her regular .


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