Hi, 

I know some pugs have different frames than others, Humphrey has always been a larger pug. he is overweight at the moment and is loosing it steadily, but i'm  just wondering what our goal weight should be. He is 24.4lbs, the kennel club says 14-18 lbs which seems quite small to me. Websites all say different weights. Just wondering what everyone else thinks. I just want him to be a healthy weight. x

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My pugs range in weight from 13 lbs to 28 lbs.  The vet says they are overweight if there is fat around the middle and you can't see a "waist". Only one of my pugs (the 24 lb one) is overweight.  The rest are fine so it really depends on the pug.  So if you can't grab a roll of fat around his ribs and you see a defined waist then he should be fine then.

I have 2 pugs and a good rule of thumb is do not free feed ever.  Pugs are piggies about food.  If you are looking for somthing to add to food if you cut the kibble without feeling guilty give them 1/4 cup 2xdaily and add to that 2 teasspoons Libbys solid pack pumpkin from a can.  It is full of fiber and vitamins and the lil ones love it.  Marley was a wopping 26 pounds last year I have managed to keep her at 22.  Bare in mind all pugs are diffrent just like humans are diffrent hope this helps.

I wouldnt dream of free feeding Humphrey, i'm sure he would just eat until the whole bag was gone!  He was being over fed, though i was following the pack instructions, and it was light food. His food quantity has now been halved, and he just has carrot or apple for a treat. I will try the pumpkin too, as we will have plenty come monday. He does go in at the waist now but needs to loose some more.  x

Ripley is 23 pounds he is very lean it just depends on the pug I have seen them 14-26 pounds

My little Zoe in her younger days got up to 21lbs.  She was the smallest of the litter and at 21lbs she was over weight.  The last five years of her life she was about 15lbs which I thought was a little slim, but people on the street would still think she was fat.  Mostly because of all the skin she had around her neck and head. :)  I think the best test is the ribs.  You should be able to feel the ribs, but not see them.  But every pug is different and I think they are supposed to look chubby.  As long as they can get around properly and can do their walks then all is fine.  As with people try and keep the carbs down, thats how I got Zoe down to a better weight.  It doesn't mean no carbs, just lower carbs.  Rice, Noodles, corn, fruits, Yogurt, etc all have lots of carbs (surgar) and spike the insulin.  This causes the body to store extra energy as fat as well as causing diabetes, etc.  A lot of the different food for dogs has lots of carbs in them.  For most of Zoe's life I actually cooked her foods.  Rice, meat, peas, carrots, brocolli, supplements, etc.  I'd cook up a big batch and freeze it in Ziplock bags.  She ate much better than I ever did.  To get her weight down I lowered the amount of rice in the food (and stopped giving her so many treats! :) ).

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