is an important disease with a growing incidence. Because canine obesity is related to
several other diseases and decreased life span, it is critical to identify the
population at risk. Several risk factors for obesity have been described in the
literature. A higher incidence of obesity in certain dog breeds is often
aim of this study was to determine whether obesity occurs more often in certain
breeds. The second aim was to relate the increased prevalence of obesity in
certain breeds to the official standards of that breed. We investigated 1,379
dogs of 128 different breeds by determining their body condition score (BCS).
Overall, 18.6% of the show dogs had a BCS >5, and 1.1% of the show dogs had
a BCS >7. There were significant differences between breeds, which could be
correlated to the breed standards.
with breeders and judges are warranted to come to different interpretations of
the standards to prevent overweight conditions from being the standard of
Source: R.J. Corbee,
2012. Obesity in show dogs. JAPAN
online August 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2012.01336.x
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