I have said here before I have a Pharaoh Hound. They are, like Afghans, greyhounds, whippets, salukis, etc., very thin as a breed. He is a rescue (I’m not that rich).
Now greyhounds usually have some muscles going on due to mostly being bred for racing, so no one really remarks on those if they happen to show up at the dog park. But my dog is thin. He is not as big as a greyhound; he’s kind of in between a greyhound and a whippet. He has a tuck-up that is very high and his ribs are narrow, not rounded (the vet said this wasn’t a problem and in fact a benefit so he wouldn’t get bloat). My dog’s ribs show and many backbones show. His hip bones show.
He is free-fed. Four cups a day in his food bowl (more than is required for his 40 lb body which the vet said is a good weight for him); two more in his Kong toy. He eats when he wants, as much as he wants. He gets human food regularly (I make sure it’s nothing poisonous to dogs), and many treats. I fed him last night at 2:00 a.m. because he got out of bed, never came back, and I worried he was hungry. He very often will eat in the middle of the night. That bowl still has all that food in it, now at 8:00 p.m. the next day.
He can leap over a 5 foot fence. Because of this he’s seen his vet three times in the last two weeks. Not a single person commented on his weight, and it took three people to hold him down to bandage his paws.
I can hear and understand the difference in tone of voice and inflection between the terms “Wow he’s thin!” and “Why is he so thin?!” When you make the first remark; I try to explain. When you say it the other way, I want to strangle you. Especially the one of you who said “you need to take better care of your dog.” (To which I replied “you need to mind your own business.”)
So, please? SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HOW THIN HE IS. HE’S JUST LIKE THAT.
I’m sorry I don’t have a sausage dog like almost everyone else in the world. My dog isn’t fat. Don’t get haughty with me because my dog is a good weight for his breed.