How to Tell If Your Standard Poodle is Too Skinny or Overweight? Calculator + Guide

Standard poodle on weight scale

Last updated on September 13th, 2021 at 09:42 pm


It is important for you to know if your standard poodle is of the ideal size, too skinny, or too fat. This is important because research has shown that the easiest way to make a dog live long is to make sure that the dog is of ideal weight and size.

Moreover, if your standard poodle is too skinny or too fat, your standard poodle may be unhealthy. Therefore, it is important for you to know if your standard poodle is too skinny or too fat. Knowing this can prompt you to consult your vet early to check on your standard poodle`s health.

Standard poodles are very athletic and high energy dogs. Their naturally active lifestyle prevents them from getting obese like some other dog breeds. So, it is unusual for a standard poodle to be overweight.

There are two ways to check if your standard poodle is too skinny or overweight.

  • Looking at your standard poodle to see its bones are visible from underneath its skin or not
  • Checking the weight of your standard poodle to see if its weight is in the normal weight range for its age and its gender.
  • Feeling your standard poodle`s sides for bones or fat

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association developed a chart that vets use to determine the body condition score of dogs. This chart is a guide that can help you tell if your standard poodle is too skinny, of ideal size, or fat. We will show you how you can use this body condition score chart to determine if your standard poodle is too skinny or too fat or of ideal body size.

Moreover, this article contains a calculator that we developed to help you compare the weight of your standard poodle to the ideal standard poodle weight for your poodle`s age (any age between 12 weeks and 100 weeks). We designed this calculator based on a recent dog weight research study carried out on 6 million dogs by researchers from the University of Liverpool.

standard poodle on scale

How to Tell if Your Standard Poodle is Too Skinny or Underweight

An easy way to tell if your standard poodle is too skinny is to look at your standard poodle to see in any of its bone is sticking out. These are the signs that will tell you if your standard poodle is skinny:

  • Visible Rib cage bones
  • Visible backbones
  • Visible waist bones
  • Little or no fat covering your standard poodle`s bones

The figure below shows you how you can tell if your standard poodle is too skinny. Compare this with the picture of a standard poodle that is of ideal body size.

how a skinny standard poodle will look like
What a skinny dog will look like

poodle of normal ideal body size
Poodle of normal body size

Another way to tell if your standard poodle is skinny is to feel its body for bones. Click here to learn more about this method.

How to Tell if Your Standard Poodle is Fat or Overweight

You should be able to tell if your standard poodle is overweight by looking for these signs in your standard poodle`s body:

  • Excess fat over the rib cage
  • Waist not so prominent
  • Fat in the neck region
  • Belly fat
  • Fat over back and at the base of tail
what a fat overweight standard poodle look like
What a fat dog will look like

Another way to tell if your standard poodle is overweight is to feel for fat and bones on its body. If you cannot feel much bones on your standard poodle`s body, then your standard poodle is probably overweight. Click here to learn about how to feel for bones and fat on your standard poodle`s body.

Standard Poodle Weight Calculator

A scientific way to check if your standard poodle is of the right size is to measure its weight use a standard poodle weight calculator to see if the weight of your standard poodle is in the normal range.

Use the calculator below to find the ideal weight and the normal weight range of a standard poodle, male or female, of any age between 12 weeks and 100 weeks.

If you want to see how the weight of your standard poodle compares to that of other standard poodle`s of its age, enter the weight of your standard poodle in the calculator, and the calculator will show you where your standard poodle stands on the weight chart.

The calculator will also tell you if your standard poodle is of normal weight, overweight, or underweight.

This calculator was designed on the data from a research study on dog weight carried out by researchers from the University of Liverpool.

Talk to your vet before taking any decision on your pet`s health.

Are Standard Poodles Naturally Skinny?

Standard poodles are high energy and very active dogs. They also have a very high metabolism. They do not tend to become overweight easily. Standard poodles have the tendency to be naturally skinny.

How To Fatten up your Standard Poodle

Talk to your vet before you make a decision on fattening your standard poodle.

If your adult standard poodle is underweight and you want to make them gain weight, increase the amount of food that you are giving your standard poodle. Also, you can add puppy food to the food that you feed your adult standard poodle. Puppy dog food are rich in nutrients and calories. Your adult puppy will get extra calories from eating puppy food, and that could make it gain weight.

How to Make your Standard Poodle Lose Weight

To make your standard poodle lose weight, make sure that your standard poodle exercises regularly. Take your standard poodle on a walk, to the dog park, or let your standard poodle run, play and jump in the yard.

You can also make your standard poodle to lose weight by feeding your standard poodle less food.

Reducing treats and avoiding giving your standard poodle table food can help your standard poodle lose weight.

However, talk to your vet before putting your standard poodle on a weight loss journey.

Final Thoughts

Your standard poodle`s weight has a big effect on the quality of life of your standard poodle. Standard poodles that are fit and in good shape live longer. In this article will have provided you with pictures and a calculator that will help you know if your standard poodle is of ideal weight. Keeping track of the weight and size of your standard poodle will help you ensure your standard poodle`s well-being. Always consult a vet before making any decisions based on your standard poodle`s weight.