Dog condition score chart
The descriptions and images on this page are indicative only. You should consult your vet on the health of your dog.
An emaciated dog's condition is:
- individual ribs, spine and pelvis prominent and evident from a distance
- lack of muscle mass
- little or no body fat
- rump hollow
- waist prominent when viewed from above
- abdomen obviously tucked up
- neck thin
- no fat on tail
Veterinary advice must be sought.
A thin dog's condition is:
- ribs, spine and pelvis bones visible and easily felt
- little body fat
- neck thin
- abdomen tucked up
- little fat on tail
- obvious waist when viewed from above
Increase feeding and worm dog if not wormed recently (ensure 'all-wormer' is used — some products do not cover all worms).
Seek vet advice if dog remains underweight or if you are unsure of feeding or worming regime.
An ideal dog's condition is:
- ribs and spine can be felt, last few ribs may be visible
- dog should have a waist when viewed from above
- belly is tucked up when viewed from side
- good muscle mass
- rump well muscled
An overweight dog's condition is:
- ribs and spine not visible but can be felt
- fat deposit on tail
- little or no waist when viewed from above, rounded appearance, back appears broadened
- dog squarish along back line when viewed from side
- abdomen not tucked up, may appear rounded underneath
Reduce feed intake or provide lower calorie feed. Increase exercise. Seek vet advice if you are unsure of appropriate diet or you have concerns over your dog's exercise regime.
An obese dog's condition is:
- ribs and spine not visible and difficult to feel
- tail has obvious fat deposit
- no waist and back broadened when viewed from above
- belly obviously rounded and possibly distended
- dog square or rounded up along back line when viewed from side
Seek veterinary advice on diet and exercise regime.
Page last updated: 26 Jun 2020