Ideal weight calculator

In a recent post, we made the argument for using Body Fat Index as a better, more objective, and accurate alternative to Body Condition Score

We decided to take it one step further to provide our readers with a calculator to figure out theย ideal weight of your pup. ย If you just want your dog to be fit and healthy the companion dog calculator is for you. If you have dog sports in mind, the canine athlete calculator will give you the weight of your dog in peak physical condition!

Simply take the measurements of the yellow and black lines from the pictures below and plug them into the appropriate calculator.

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17 thoughts to “Ideal weight calculator”

  1. Hi, are we talking metric or imperial pounds for the weight? I’m not sure what to use and I suspect it could make quite a difference!

    1. The calculators are set up for Imperial pounds. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with!

  2. What a great calculator option. Will you be posting on what steps a person should make of their dog is overweight based on the calculations?

    1. I hadn’t planned on a post about what to do in the event your dog is overweight, but now that you mention it, I realize my own dog has lost nearly 30lbs over the last 9 months! I definitely can go back and write about how we got here.

  3. Healthy weight in pets is more than just a number on a scale. It can and does affect so many other aspects of their health. Interesting calculators, I’m wondering how the results would compare to a vets perspective.

    1. In the study mentioned in the initial post, the results of using this method were within a few percentage points of DEXA Body Composition Tests. This is why the method outlined above stuck out to me as so useful, it is very easy to use and much more accurate than the “Look and Touch” method of BCS.

    1. I sure did! It doesn’t look like much when you see that box with just a few entries, but I had to transfer some pretty in depth calculations from the study mentioned to the backend of those! I’m glad someone noticed ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a great tool – I’m sure this will be a big help to dog owners concerned about their pet’s weight.

  5. This is a brilliant idea and am blessed that Layla’s weight is perfect as I watch her carefully, plus I weigh her each time we at the pet store to make sure

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