..and like you said Melissa..our grand-daughter is very small for her age ( & doctor says that's fine)
So was I..and so was her Mom.
In fact..my little grandma from Scotland...she was only 4" 11"..and my grandpa was only 5" 6"...so we come from small stock...lol..
My hubby on the other hand comes from the opposite....haha !! He is tall..and his family were all BIG guys.
Yep...everyone is different ( including dogs)....that's what makes it interesting
*Diane ~ Mom to~
Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)
i remember i was in ireland on a adventure trip a few years back..i googled my user name (As one dose from time to time) and came across a pciture *I* took of MY OLIVER..posted by someone else on another cavalier fourm..saying how horrible of a owner we were for letting him get so 'fat'. i was DEVESTATED and so hurt and angry..i came on here and ranted. then went to the link and deleted all pictures so that this picture didnt show up on the fourm any longer.
we didnt LET him get that fat...we walked him all the time..he was on DIET food.. he was just a round guy.
Oliver and Max and Meeko man, i will meet you at the Rainbow bridge. I love you all. Miss you more then you'll ever know.
wait for me...
I think this is part of the problem....diet food.
I have a very fat cat who is on diet food. She eats half the amount she's supposed to, but /and is very lazy. As far as I can see her diet food is full of carbs & fat. Ok, so she has a lovely glossy coat, but ribs ? What ribs ?! I'm moving her over to raw very soon (just plucking up the courage !)
I 'm struggling a bit with images of slim Cavs that weigh more than my cav - surely there is a breed standard or else they wouldn't be pedigrees ? Also am wondering if people have lost sight of what is an appropriate weight ?
Maisie is taller & longer than average, yet weighs 7 something kgs - she must be very thin ?! Interestingly, all the cav 's we've seen out walking are, at best, plump. I'm not sure how much she was walked before I got her (a rescue) but its been commented that she doesn't have a lot of muscle on her shoulders.
Yes I realize kids & people are different, I have a tall, strong, but not fat daughter & a short, narrow but not thin daughter. Neither would get into crufts
Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.
As with humans, dogs vary according to their inherited metabolism, as well as how much they get to eat. Some dogs never put on weight, others only have to look at food to add on the pounds. A fit Cavalier should have a visible waist and you should be able to feel their ribs quite easily. Instead of guessing at a one-size fits all target weight, get your dog to that level of fitness, weigh them and make that their optimum weight and try to keep them to it.
The UK breed standard specifies 12 - 18lb (roughly 5.5kg - 8kg), but very few show dogs are 12lb and quite a few are over 18lb. A lot of pet Cavaliers are bigger and taller, so will weigh a little more. My Oliver has been a (moderately successful) show dog, is 14ins at the shoulder, weighs 10kg/22lb and is very fit. Aled is a little smaller, also fit and quite slim and usually weighs around 9.8kg. He eats about half the amount Oliver gets and isn't greedy. Oliver eats twice as much and is a constant hoover and thief when he can manage it! So although you will need to have a target weight in mind when trying to slim down a very overweight Cavalier, with other Cavaliers just keep them at what for them as individuals is fit and don't worry too much about comparing weights.
If your vet is like mine, they will tell you when your dog is fit and the right weight by constantly exclaiming 'It's so nice to see a fit Cavalier!'
Kate, Oliver and Aled
Breed height standard is actually 12 inches at the shoulder, so he'd actually be a little tall f 13". And even at 13.5 he is into breed standard weight so I wouldn't worry or consider this to be too small a size. I have two that are 11 and 12 lbs or so (rescues) and they are both in good weight for their build -- no reason to put extra weight on them.
Lots of cavaliers -- at least half of all I ever got into national rescue over 7 years -- were either under or over breed standard weights -- mostly over. So it really is just a guideline for the breed but not a requirement for the health of an individual dog whose build might not match breed standard.
On the health end of things, keeping a cavalier in good weight and even slightly on the lean side is going to mean the dog will have considerably more likelihood of living longer. A study on labradors concluded being overweight cut on average about 2 YEARS off the dog's life and that is in a breed that doesn't have endemic heart disease like the cavalier so keeping dogs fit and in proper weight is so important. Exercise is so important too and doing fun activities like agility and flyball is fantastic! Most dogs just love these activities even if done on the most casual basis.
One real weight concern are breeders who deliberately breed small cavaliers especially anything ridiculous like 'teacup cavaliers' which does have a considerable risk of introducing serious health problems in individual dogs.
Cavaliers: Jaspar Leo Lily Tansy Libby (foster) Mindy (foster)
In memory: Lucy
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