One major factor in determining the health of your dog is to find out just how much your dog weighs.
Ensuring that your dog is well within the weight range of their given breed will not only make them healthy, but will extend the life of your dog as well.
In this article, we will show you what your dog should weight, and discuss what you should do if your dog is overweight, or underweight for that matter. Finally, will will offer some practical advice on how often you should feed them, which is determined by the age of your dog.
What Should My Dog Weigh?
To answer this question directly, below you will find your dog’s breed listed in alphabetical order in the left hand column. In the right column, you will find the healthy weight of your dog breed. If their is a difference between the weight of a male and female dog, the different weight for each will be displayed. If you find only one weight listed, that is the healthy weight for both the male and female of that given dog breed.
There are some instances where you will find “Toy,” “Miniature,” “Small,” “Mid-sized,” or “Standard,” listed in the WEIGHT column, and we have indicated as such for the purpose of clarity.
|Afghan Hound||Male: 60 lbs; Female: 50 lbs|
|African Boerboels||154-200 lbs|
|Airedale Terrier||55 lbs|
|Akbash||Male: 90-140 lbs; Female: 75-105 lbs|
|Akita||Male: 85-115 lbs; Female: 65-90 lbs|
|Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs||Male: 70-90 lbs; Female: 55-75 lbs|
|Alaskan Klee Kais||23 lbs|
|Alaskan Malamute||Male: 85 lbs; Female: 75 lbs|
|American Bulldog||Male: 75-125 lbs; Female: 60-100 lbs|
|American Eskimo Dog||20-40 lbs|
|American Foxhound||55-75 lbs|
|American Staffordshire Terrier||57-67 lbs|
|American Water Spaniel||Male: 30-45 lbs; Female: 25-40 lbs|
|Anatolian Shepherd Dog||90-150 lbs|
|Australian Cattle Dog||35-45 lbs|
|Australian Kelpie||31-46 lbs|
|Australian Shepherd||Male: 50-65 lbs; Female: 40-55 lbs|
|Australian Silky Terrier||8-11 lbs|
|Australian Terrier||12-14 lbs|
|Basenji||Male: 24 lbs; Female: 22 lbs|
|Basset Hound||40-60 lbs|
|Bearded Collie||45-55 lbs|
|Bedlington Terrier||17-23 lbs|
|Belgian Malinois||60-65 lbs|
|Belgian Shepherd Dog||Male: 55-66 lb; Female: 44-55 lb|
|Belgian Tervuren||Male: 55-65 lb; Female: 40-50 lb|
|Bernese Mountain Dog||Male: 90-120 lb; Female: 70-100 lb|
|Bichon Frise||Males: 11-16 lb; Females: 10-15 lb|
|Black and Tan Coonhound||55-75 lbs|
|Black Russian Terrier||80-145 lbs|
|Bloodhound||Male: 65-75 lbs; Female: 55-65 lbs|
|Border Collie||30-45 lbs|
|Border Terrier||11.5-15.5 lbs|
|Borzoi||Male: 75-105 lbs; Female: 60-85 lbs|
|Boston Terrier||10-25 lbs|
|Bouvier des Flandres||60-90 lbs|
|Boxer||Male: 65-80 lbs; Female: 50-65 lbs|
|Briard||Male: 75-100 lbs; Female 50-65 lbs|
|Brussels Griffon||8-10 lbs|
|Bull Terrier||Male: 62-70 lbs; Female: 50-60 lbs|
|Bullmastiff||Male: 110-130 lbs; Female: 100-120 lbs|
|Cairn Terrier||Male: 14 lbs; Female: 13 lbs|
|Canaan Dog||Male: 45-55 lbs; Female: 35-45 lbs|
|Cane Corso||88-110 lbs|
|Cardigan Welsh Corgi||Male: 30-38 lbs; Female: 25-34 lbs|
|Carolina Dog||30-65 lbs|
|Catahoula Leopard Dogs||40-90 lbs|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||13-18 lbs|
|Central Asian Ovtcharkas||Male: 121-176 lbs; Female: 88-143 lbs|
|Cesky Terrier||16-22 lbs|
|Chesapeake Bay Retriever||Male: 65-80 lbs; Female: 55-70 lbs|
|Chihuahua||Not to exceed 6 lbs|
|Chinese Crested||5-12 lbs|
|Chinese Foo||Small: Under 20 lbs; Medium: 21-50 lbs; Large: 51 lbs and up|
|Chinese Shar-Pei||45-60 lbs|
|Chow Chow||45-70 lbs|
|Clumber Spaniel||Male: 70-85 lbs; Female: 55-70 lbs|
|Collie||Male: 60-70 lbs; Female: 50-65 lbs|
|Coton De Tulears||Male: 9-13 lbs; Female: 8-11 lbs|
|Curly-Coated Retriever||60-70 lbs|
|Dachshund||Miniature: 11 lbs and under; Standard: over 11 lbs (usually 16-32 lbs)|
|Dandie Dinmont Terrier||18-24 lbs|
|Doberman Pinscher||65-90 lbs|
|Dogue de Bordeauxs||Male: 110 lbs; Female: 99 lbs|
|English Bulldogs||Male: 50 lbs; Female: 40 lbs|
|English Cocker Spaniels||Male: 28-34 lbs; Female: 26-32 lbs|
|English Foxhound||55-75 lbs|
|English Setter||Male: 60-65 lbs; Female: 50-55 lbs|
|English Shepherd||Male: 45-60 lbs; Females: 40-50 lbs|
|English Springer Spaniel||Male: about 50 lbs; Female: about 40 lbs|
|English Toy Spaniel||8-14 lbs|
|Estrela Mountain Dogs||Male: 88-110 lbs; Female: 66-88 lbs|
|Field Spaniel||35-50 lbs|
|Fila Brasileiros||Male: 110 lbs; Female: 90 lbs|
|Finnish Spitz||Male: 47-53 lbs; Female: 40-47 lbs|
|Flat-Coated Retriever||60-70 lbs|
|Fox Terrier (Smooth)||Male: 17-19 lbs; Female: 15-17 lbs|
|Fox Terrier (Wire)||Male: 17-19 lbs; Female: 15-17 lbs|
|French Bulldog||Not to exceed 28 lbs|
|German Pinscher||25-35 lbs|
|German Shepherd||75-95 lbs|
|German Shorthaired Pointer||Male: 55-70 lbs; Female: 45-60 lbs|
|German Wirehaired Pointer||45-75 lbs|
|Giant Schnauzer||Male: 60-105 lbs; Female: 55-75 lbs|
|Glen of Imaal Terrier||Males: about 35 lbs; Female: less|
|Golden Retriever||Male: 65-75 lbs; Female: 55-65 lbs|
|Goldendoodle||Miniature: 15-30 lbs; Medium: 30-45 lbs; Standard: 45 and over lbs|
|Gordon Setter||Male: 55-80 lbs; Female: 45-70 lbs|
|Great Dane||Male: 130-180 lbs; Female: 110-150 lbs|
|Great Pyrenees||Male: 115 lbs; Female: 85-90 lbs|
|Greater Swiss Mountain Dog||Male: 105-140 lbs; Female: 85-110 lbs|
|Greyhound||Male: 65-70 lbs; Female: 60-65 lbs|
|Harrier||Male: 45-60 lbs; Female: 35-45 lbs|
|Hungarian Vizsla||Male: 45-66 lbs; Female: 40-55 lbs|
|Ibizan Hound||Male: 50 lbs; Female: 45 lbs|
|Irish Setter||Male: about 70 lbs; Female: about 60 lbs|
|Irish Terrier||Male: around 27 lbs; Female: around 25 lbs|
|Irish Water Spaniel||Male: 55-65 lbs; Female: 45-58 lbs|
|Irish Wolfhound||Male: at least 120 lbs; Female: at least 105 lbs|
|Italian Greyhound||7-14 lbs|
|Jack Russell Terrier||14-18 lbs|
|Japanese Chin||4-7 lbs|
|Keeshond||Male: about 45 lbs; Female: about 35 lbs|
|Kerry Blue Terrier||Male: 33-40 lbs; Female: less|
|Komondor||Male: average 80 lbs; Female: average 70 lbs|
|Kuvasz||Male: 100-115 lbs; Female: 70-90 lbs|
|Labradoodle||Miniature: 26-40; Medium: 40-55 lbs; Standard: 55-77 lbs|
|Labrador Retriever||Male: 65-80 lbs; Female: 55-70 lbs|
|Lakeland Terrier||16-17 lbs|
|Lancashire Heeler||6-13 lbs|
|Lhasa Apso||13-15 lbs|
|Manchester Terrier||Under 12 lbs (usually 6-8 lbs)|
|Maremma Sheepdogs||66-100 lbs|
|Miniature Bull Terrier||25-33 lbs|
|Miniature Pinscher||8-10 lbs|
|Miniature Poodle||4-8 lbs|
|Miniature Schnauzer||13-15 lbs|
|Neapolitan Mastiff||Male: 150 lbs; Female: 110 lbs|
|Newfoundland||Male: 130-150 lbs; Female: 100-120 lbs|
|Norfolk Terrier||11-12 lbs|
|Norwegian Buhunds||Male: 31-40 lbs; Female: 26-35 lbs|
|Norwegian Elkhound||Male: 55 lbs: Female: 48 lbs|
|Norwich Terrier||Around 12 lbs|
|Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever||Male: 45-52 lbs; Female: 35-42 lbs|
|Old English Sheepdog||Male: 70-90 lbs; Female 60-80 lbs|
|Otterhound||Male: 115 lbs; Female: 80 lbs|
|Parson Russell Terrier||13-17 lbs|
|Pekingese||Not to exceed 14 lbs|
|Pembroke Welsh Corgi||Male: 27 lbs; Female: 25 lbs|
|Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen||25-35 lbs|
|Pharaoh Hound||45-55 lbs|
|Pit Bull||30-60 lbs|
|Plott||Male: 50-60 lbs; Female: 40-55 lbs|
|Pointer||Male: 55-75 lbs; Female: 45-65 lbs|
|Polish Lowland Sheepdog||30-35 lbs|
|Pomeranian||3-7 lbs; preferably 4-5 lbs|
|Portuguese Water Dog||42-60 lbs; Female: 35-50 lbs|
|Rat Terrier||Toy: 4-6 lbs; Mid-sized: 6-8 lbs; Standard: 12-35 lbs|
|Redbone Coonhounds||45-70 lbs|
|Rhodesian Ridgeback||Male: 85 lbs; Female: 70 lbs|
|Rottweiler||Male: 85-135 lbs; Female: 80-100 lbs|
|Saint Bernard||120-200 lbs|
|Samoyed||Male: 45-65 lbs; Female: 35-50 lbs|
|Schipperke||Male: 12-16 lbs; Female: 10-14 lbs|
|Schnoodle||Toy: 6-10 lbs; Miniature: 13-20 lbs; Standard: 20-75 lbs|
|Scottish Deerhound||Male: 85-110 lbs; Female: 75-95 lbs|
|Scottish Terrier||Male: 19-22 lbs; Female: 18-21 lbs|
|Sealyham Terrier||Male: 23-24 lbs; Female: 18-22 lbs|
|Shetland Sheepdog||About 20 lbs|
|Shiba Inu||Male: average 23 lbs; Female: average 17 lbs|
|Shih Tzu||9-16 lbs|
|Siberian Husky||Male: 45-60 lbs; Female: 35-50 lbs|
|Silky Terrier||8-11 lbs|
|Skye Terrier||Male: 35-40 lbs; Female: 25-30 lbs|
|Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier||Male: 35-40 lbs; Female: 30-35 lbs|
|Spinone Italiano||Male: 71-82 lbs; Female: 62-71 lbs|
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||Male: 35-40 lbs; Female: 30-35 lbs|
|Standard Schnauzer||Male: 40-45 lbs; Female: 35-40 lbs|
|Sussex Spaniel||35-45 lbs|
|Swedish Vallhund||19-30 lbs|
|Thai Ridgeback||Male: 40-60 lbs; Female: 35-55 lbs|
|Tibetan Mastiff||Male: 90-150 lbs or more; Female: 80-110 lbs|
|Tibetan Spaniel||9-15 lbs|
|Tibetan Terrier||18-30 lbs|
|Toy Fox Terrier||3.5-7 lbs|
|Toy Manchester Terriers||under 12 lbs (usually 6-8 lbs)|
|Toy Poodles||4-8 lbs|
|Welsh Springer Spaniel||35-50 lbs|
|Welsh Terrier||20-22 lbs|
|West Highland White Terrier||15-21 lbs|
|Wirehaired Pointing Griffon||50-60 lbs|
|Xoloitzcuintle||Toy: 5-15 lbs; Miniature: 15-30 lbs; Standard: 25-40 lb|
|Yorkshire Terrier||Not to exceed 7 lbs|
The source of the information in the chart listed above can be found here.
Now, let’s discuss what steps you should take should you find that your dog is either overweight or underweight.
What to Do if Your Dog is Overweight
If you find that your dog is overweight, you have to ask yourself a few questions.
- Why is my dog overweight?
- How am I or members of my family responsible?
As much as we might not want to admit it, you determine when your dog eats, what he eats, and how much he eats. Fortunately, you have the power to bring your dog back into a healthy lifestyle. So let’s discuss the path to healthy living for your dog.
Step 1: Stick to a Schedule
In the United States, people eat at least three times a day, (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). If we were honest, we also snack between meals, and might have a heavy evening “snack” while watching TV at night. Is all this food healthy for us? More often than not, the answer is emphatically, “No.”
We tend to eat “comfort food” whenever we want. We don’t eat out of necessity, but rather, we eat because it tastes good. If it tastes really good, we will eat a lot of it.
Unfortunately, we have a tendency to carry this attitude over to the animals we care for. We let them eat when we eat, even if it’s not “meal time.” This, attitude, of course, is not specific to Americans, but as an American, I can tell you that most people in America think this way, and I’m betting that it’s a prevalent attitude in your community as well. Be consistent, and don’t spoil your dog with “snacks” that are designed for people.
Step 2: Stop Offering Your Dog People Food
People enjoy the taste of food far more than dogs do. This is because we have about 9,000 taste buds, while the average dog has about 1,700. Why then do dogs “beg” for food while we eat? They love the smell of the food that we are eating. They are not hungry, they just like people food.
The smell of the food tries to convince the dog that he is hungry. You can tell that they are not really hungry because chances are that when they “beg” for food, you can probably still find dog food in their bowl.
The real problem is that we tend to spoil our dogs and “feel sorry” for them because they sit patiently staring at us with their puppy eyes. That tactic has been used for thousands of years, but honestly, if you care about getting your dog back to a healthy weight, stop feeding them table food, or the snacks that you eat while sitting on the couch watching TV. Instead, offer them a chew toy or a dog bone that has some taste to it.
Step 3: Take Your Dog for Longer Walks
You have heard it said that people loose weight by focusing on their diet and exercise. The same is true for dogs. However, let me emphasize, the majority of weight loss (by far), is lost when you feed your dog healthy food on a schedule.
Walking your dog is good for him, but it is also good for you. Don’t just walk your dog down the street. Take him around a block or two. It will do you both good, and your dog will love it.
What to Do if Your Dog is Underweight?
Again, because you are responsible for feeding your dog, we have to ask the hard questions: Why is your dog underweight? Do you make it a priority? Do you forget to feed your dog? Who is responsible for feeding the dog each day?
Here are some steps you can take to bring your dog back to health.
Make Feeding Time a Priority
This is a discipline that requires consistency on your part. When you get up in the morning, before you go through your morning routine of getting ready for work, take your dog out to use the “facilities,” and then feed your dog.
While your dog is eating, you can go take a shower and get ready for work. By the time you finish, your dog will be ready to go out again, but this time, he will want to “do his business.”
When you get home from work, (assuming that your dog is over a year old), after greeting your dog, take him outside, as he will no doubt have to use the facilities. As soon as you come into the house, get his dinner ready, and then get your dinner ready. By the time you have finished dinner, he will probably be ready to go out again. This is a great time to take your dog out for an evening walk, one he will welcome and most likely take care of “business” once again.
Who is Responsible For Feeding Your Dog?
In most families, this responsibility typically ends up being Mom’s responsibility. Even if the responsibility is shared with other family members, it’s typically Mom who enforces the chores, the one who has to follow up to ensure that the dog has been fed.
If this responsibility is shared among family members, I would encourage you (yes you, because clearly you care about this as you are the one reading this article), to take ownership of this. Clearly, you care about your dog, so it makes sense that you own their feeding schedule.
How Many Times a Day Should I Feed My Dog?
Generally speaking, after your dog has reached 1 year old, you should only feed your dog twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening . . . early evening. Be sure to take them out for a walk around the block after they have had time to digest their food. Keep in mind that puppies are going to need to eat more often because they are growing. How much and how often you feed them depends on the breed of dog and how old they are, so be sure to consult your veterinarian for your dog’s feeding schedule.
I knew of a woman who would regularly take her dogs through the McDonald’s drive-through to buy each of them a cheeseburger as a “treat.” Because she did this fairly regularly, her dogs were a bit chunky. Obviously, the dogs wanted the cheeseburgers, (wouldn’t you?), but that’s not healthy for the dog. Be consistent in what you feed them, and how often you feed them.
You, however, have to be disciplined with this. Your dog is always going to beg for food, but they don’t need it. Don’t allow your dog eat to more often than they should. Additionally, don’t allow your dog to eat more than they should at each setting.
When you feed your dog, be sure that you use some measuring device, be it a small cereal bowl, or a literal measuring cup. Give them the same amount of food every time, and don’t cheat.
Are there times when you spoil you dog with a snack? Of course there are times when we spoil our dogs with a snack, (even people food), but for the health of your dog, let alone life expectancy, you can’t afford to feed them off schedule or constantly be sharing your food with them. The chart provided in this article serves as a general weight guide for your breed of dog. However, always respect the advice of your veterinarian.