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Ideal Weight Ranges For Dogs and Cats

Summer Shape-Up, Part 1: Sizing Up Your Pet's Ideal Weight

It was becoming a recurring event: at each yearly checkup, my vet would place my pup on the scale and utter those dreaded words, "She could stand to lose a few pounds." While Lily wasn't significantly overweight, I knew that with each passing year, I was putting her at greater risk for arthritis, heart and liver problems, diabetes, and more. So, armed with some tips from the vet and a little Internet research, I set about recalculating her eating habits based on a few numbers and some shrewd feeding decisions. First up: understanding her ideal weight.

Your vet should be able to provide an ideal weight range for your pet since he'll know your buddy's frame best, but we've provided some general guidelines for common dog and cat breeds. Keep reading for the full list.


Breed/Type Ideal Weight Range
Domestic Cat Eight to 10 pounds
Persian Seven to 12 pounds
Siamese Five to 10 pounds
Maine Coon 10 to 25 pounds

Source: Association For Pet Obesity Prevention


Breed/Type Ideal Weight Range
Labrador Retriever 55 to 75 pounds
German Shepherd 75 to 95 pounds
Beagle 18 to 30 pounds
Golden Retriever 55 to 75 pounds
Yorkshire Terrier Four to seven pounds
Bulldog 40 to 50 pounds
Boxer 50 to 75 pounds
Poodle 11 to 17 pounds (Miniature)
Dachshund Under 11 pounds (Miniature)
Rottweiler 85 to 130 pounds

Source: American Kennel Club top dog breeds based on 2011 registration statistics

For more information on your dog breed's ideal weight, visit the American Kennel Club's website.

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