Canine recommended breed weight ranges are not a good predictor of an ideal body condition score

Smith, E., Davis, K., Sulsh, L., Harvey, S.C. and Fowler, K. (2018) Canine recommended breed weight ranges are not a good predictor of an ideal body condition score. Journal Of Animal Physiology And Nutrition, 102 (4). pp. 1088-1090. ISSN 0931-2439.

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Abstract

Breed-specific ideal bodyweight range information is widely used by dog owners and breeders as a guideline to ensure animals are within a healthy weight range. Body Condition Scoring, a method used by veterinarians to assess an animal’s overall shape with regard to weight is considered to be an excellent method to determine an animal’s overall body condition; these values, however, do not always correspond to published weight ranges. Here, the weight, neuter status, age and a nine- point Body Condition Score of a population of 140 purebred dogs were recorded and subsequently analysed to determine whether bodyweight was an effective predictor for Body Condition Scores. This comparison indicated that published recommended, breed- specific body weight ranges are not a good predictor for an ideal BCS and as such, guidelines for owners and breeders need to be systematically reviewed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body condition score; breed; dog; obesity; weight
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Katie Fowler
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 12:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17430

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