Ridgebacks are notoriously easy to overfeed. Being hounds they have flexible exercise demands. Once out of the puppy stages they are often content to hang out with you on the sofa for hours munching snacks and kicking back. While this may make for a wonderful companion it will play havoc with their weights.
Weight is not so much a "number" as a "Look", some dogs are bigger boned or taller, others are much smaller and more refined, the Standard weight may look awful on these animals. So here are a few photos to show you what Fat , Thin and Just right would look like. eventually I hope to have a set of each for both males and females.
The biggest caution I will give you about weight is as follows...IF you love your RR please try to keep them lean (or at least leaner). They will live longer, in a healthy fashion and avoid unnecessary stress on their hearts and bodies all around. That being said if you keep you dog Too lean you will find they have nothing to lose in the event of an illness. I would prefer about a 5 pound wiggle room. After being in the breed as long as I have I have known sick dogs who would have made it but did not because they crashed when their body weight dropped from vomiting and diarrhea. Everyone seems to love a fat puppy but in reality that extra weight is very hard on their developing joints. Creating inflamation and stress that can ruin what could have been an easy moving adult dog.
This is an altered adolescent RR. Keeping him lean will allow you to see the definition of muscle and overall conformation. Many people still believe spaying or neutering a dog is a guarantee to weight gain. That just an old myth. Lack of exercise and an excess of calories create a heavy dog .
This is Beau loved and owned by
While not horribly obese Catherine, a much loved Rescue in California is too heavy. Her Owners have had her on a diet for a couple of months now. By taking the extra pounds off of her they will not simply increase her life span but make her healthier all around. She will experience less discomfort from the potential arthritis that most older dogs have to deal with.
Here is another "Chunkey Monkey" our very own Miranda at 11.5 years old. Happy and obviously well fed , Miranda knows where there are children there is a chance to mooch a snack!
Miranda was not spayed until later in life, but that is NOT what caused her current "fluffy" state. That was caused by our traveling too much and leaving Miranda at home with the other companion dog and children. It is easy to have the pounds pile on quickly. We are now slowly taking them back off of her and it is a joy to see her energy level rise!