Is Your Poodle Too Skinny? Here’s What You Need to Know

As a poodle owner or someone considering getting a poodle, it is essential to know the optimal weight range. A Poodle’s weight can vary depending on their breed, and keeping them at their optimal weight can help prolong their life and keep them healthy.

Skinny Poodle_ Understanding And Addressing The Weight Loss

To assess your Poodle’s weight, it’s essential to utilize a body conditioning score tool that uses a scale of 1-9, with 1 being extremely underweight and 9 meaning obese.

In this article, we will explore how to determine if your Poodle is underweight or overweight, the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, and what you can do to help your Poodle achieve their ideal weight range.

How much should your Poodle weigh?

A Poodle’s weight can vary based on whether they’re Standard, Miniature, or Toy. On average, the typical weight guidelines for each breed are the following: 

AgeToy MiniatureStandard
8 weeks1lb/0.45kg3-4lbs/1-2kg5-10lbs/2-5kg
6 months3lb/1.4kg7-8lbs/3-4kg20-40lbs/9-19kg
1 year4-6lbs/1.8-2.8kg10-15lbs/4-7kg40-70lbs/18-32kg

When looking at the above figures, it’s also essential to consider their genders. According to the American Kennel Club, their height and weight can also vary. 

Why concentrate on their weight?

If you plan on owning a Poodle or already have one, their weight should always be a concern. I say this because dogs function just like us humans. If we are too skinny or fat, many health problems may occur, precisely the same for Poodles. Keeping your pet at their optimal weight will help prolong their life and keep them with you as a family member for as long as possible. 

Utilize the body condition score tool

While putting your Poodle on the scales can indicate their weight, it’s not a good overall judgment of their health. The best way to view the amount of fat they have on their body is by using a body conditioning score. It’s actually a lot more cost-effective, so you don’t need scales to do it! Body conditioning scoring is simple and becomes easier the more you do it. 

It involves a scale of 1-9, 1 being extremely underweight and 9 meaning obese. On average, for your Poodle to be healthy, you’ll want them to score between 4-5 on the scale. 

Is Your Poodle Too Skinny? Here'S What You Need To Know

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Looking at your Poodle to see if it’s skinny 

When checking to see if your Poodle is underweight, it’s always essential to consider that their weight range can vary. However, generally, these are a few indicators that they’re underweight which are:

Seeing if your Poodle is overweight

On the contrary, it’s equally important to check if your Poodle is overweight. Some common indicators that they need to lose weight are:

Seeing a veterinarian 

While body condition scoring and feeling their body for weight gain or loss can be helpful, you cannot ignore the help of a professional. Weight is such an important topic to help extend your Poodle’s life and keep them healthy that you should always seek advice from a veterinarian. 

Skinny Poodle Eating

Veterinarians will not only check their weight but also look at their diet according to their age. They’ll also weigh your dog at appointments or checkups, recording the weight of your Poodle and comparing them to past figures. Based on their weight, your vet will be able to recommend the right diet and calorie intake for your Poodle.

Medical reasons for being too skinny

If you feel your Poodle is too skinny, it may result from an underlying medical condition, digestive problems, or a bad diet. Before visiting a vet, you’ll want to review the following:

Diet 

Before ruling out any options for weight loss, you’ll want to look at your Poodle’s diet first. The primary factor about dog food is not every dog likes the same food! However, regardless of the breed you own, you should be feeding your Poodle high quality dog food with premium ingredients. 

If you’re feeding your Poodle cheaper food, it’s likely to have filler ingredients packed with preservatives and additives. These can be detrimental for your Poodle, making them ill and prone to sickness.

Poodle Eating

Your Poodle’s stomach may react to common allergens in food like pork, chicken, beef, and lamb. If this is the case, you might want to change the food and choose a food that accommodates a sensitive stomach, like turkey, salmon, or duck. Choosing the right food can be a process of elimination. In some instances, a vet may recommend a prescription hydrolysed diet.

Picky eating 

Another reason your Poodle might be losing too much weight is because they’re a picky eater. There might be nothing wrong with the food your Poodle is eating, but if they’re bored, they might stop. To know if they’re being fussy, look at when they start eating. If there is a genuine problem with the food, they will refuse it from the first day you feed it to them.

On the other hand, if you feel your Poodle is being too picky, then you might want to try the following: 

Over Exercising 

Another reason you may find your Poodle losing a lot of weight would be because they are over-exercising. On average, the AKC recommends they should have around 60 minutes of active exercise a day. However, if you’re slightly overdoing the one hour mark and they’re not getting enough calories in their body, this could be a major reason why they are dropping the pounds.

Underlying medical condition 

Another possibility you cannot rule out for your Poodle’s weight loss is due to underlying medical conditions such as:

If you feel your Poodle could be suffering from an underlying medical condition, you must speak to a vet who can run tests to see if they have any problems. 

Dietary Considerations for Skinny Poodles 

To keep your Poodle healthy, you must stick to a balanced diet filled with nutrients. The right diet will help their growth, development, and general health. Plus, Poodles are prone to inheriting health issues like skin allergies, hip dysplasia, and eye problems. Therefore you’ll want to give them food high in omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation and keep their coat shiny. 

Nutrients you must consider 

When feeding your Poodle, you must ensure that their diet contains five essential nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. Their body needs these so it can perform the most basic functions. 

If you’re unsure about the right food or ratio of food to feed your Poodle, it’s best to speak to a vet who can suggest the right diet based on their health and needs. 

Keep in mind portion control and feeding frequency 

Another thing you must keep in mind for your Poodle’s health and well-being: is their portion control and feeding frequency. First of all, they must receive an adequate amount of food based on their age, size, and activity level. 

Don’t always stick to the recommendations on the packaging of dog food! Every dog is an individual with a unique metabolism. Always factor in your Poodle’s breed, age, and daily routine before deciding their portions. To have a better idea of how much to feed them, speak to your vet. 

Poodle Chewing

Moreover, you must be careful how often you feed your Poodle. Like some big breeds, Standard Poodles are at risk of a life threatening condition known as bloat, when their stomach fills up with air and twists. Therefore you’ll want to feed them small and regular meals during the day and be consistent with the timings to help with their digestion. 

What we recommend 

If you want your Poodle to gain some more weight, there are a few options you might want to try, such as:

Mixing wet and dry kibble 

Mixing up their kibble is one effective way to get your Poodle to eat more food. Try to stick to a split of 20% wet kibble and 80% dry. You should add wet food because it’s incredibly high in protein, tastier, and makes it more appealing to eat. 

One good brand you might want to try for your Poodle is Purina. This brand has a gravy-based food with real beef and salmon with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Because it’s canned, it takes longer to expire and is quick to add in with dry kibble. 

Feed unsalted chicken broth 

Another good way to help your Poodle regain their appetite is by feeding them unsalted chicken broth. You’ll want to feed your Poodle this between their meal times, use a natural chicken broth, and avoid stock cubes. Stock cubes are full of additives and preservatives. 

Kibble and fresh food 

Another quick and simple option is making some homemade dog food*. It takes around 15 minutes on average. 

Ingredients

Instructions 

  1. Get a bowl, add the ground beef, peanut butter, kibble, and cream cheese 
  2. Mix them well and knead them to make dough. If you wish, you can add more kibble to keep the dough dry,
  3. Roll the dough and then slice for serving.

While it is fine to feed the odd home made meal, if planning to do this long term you must consult with a canine nutritionist to ensure the meals fed are balanced.

Supplements for meals 

One option you might want to consider is using supplements that are high in calories. For instance, you can get dog-friendly peanut butter that contains no salt, palm oil or xylitol to help kickstart their appetite. 

Note: Peanut butter is slightly high in fat and contains a lot of calories, so be careful how much you feed your Poodle. Try to add only one tablespoon a day or half at each meal to help kickstart their appetite.