It’s pretty easy to identify some signs of overweight that your French Bulldog gets. You can really see signs of being overweight manually without going to the veterinarian. To make it easier for you to see the signs of overweight of your French Bulldogs, we’ll show you some signs of overweight through our post below. Here you go!
Here Are Several Signs of Overweight Your French Bulldog Shows!
1) Not able to feel your French Bulldog’s rib
Feeling ribs is a very simple way to know whether your French Bulldog is overweight or not. You can manually check your fat French Bulldog’s upper torso and body to feel ribs. If you can feel its ribs, it means your French Bulldog is skinny. Otherwise, if you cannot see its ribs, it indicates your French Bulldog is overweight.
To manually check your French Bulldog’s ribs, you can do the following ways:
- First, you need to apply a small amount of pressure to your French Bulldog’s chest.
- You can use your fingers to check if you can feel his ribcage easily.
- If you cannot feel ribs, it may be an indicator that your French Bulldog is overweight.
- If you can feel ribs, it is a sign your French Bulldog is skinny, not overweight.
However, if you have any concerns at all that your French Bulldog can be overweight, you definitely need to get a professional opinion from a veterinarian.
2) Your French Bulldog’s waist is not an hourglass shape
To check if your French Bulldog is overweight, you can try to look at your French Bulldog’s waist. If its waist is narrow and sort of looks like an hourglass, your French Bulldog is actually fine. If you cannot tell the difference between its waist and abdomen, it may be a sign of being overweight.
When looked at from the side, a fat French Bulldog has an abdomen which is more prominent than his chest. The ideal shape may be to have it thinner than the chest.
3) Lack of stamina and interest in physical activities
A French Bulldog that is overweight will have no interest in physical activities. Your French Bulldog may prefer sleeping to playing around, since his weight is exhausting to carry around. If you see your dog no longer plays around like he used to, it can indicate he is getting overweight.
Aside from the lack of interest in physical activities, an overweight French Bulldog may get tired much faster than a healthy dog. Your French Bulldogs will play and run around, but they will stop sooner and may lie down to rest. Additionally, apathy could be a sign of sickness, so you may need to take him to the veterinarian.
4) Inability to jump or to scratch their ears
If your French Bulldogs need to back up quite a bit to jump onto the crouch or even stop to try jumping altogether, it could be an indicator your French Bulldog is getting fat.Your French Bulldog may be getting too fat if your French Bulldogs cannot reach the ear for a normal scratch.
5) Get hard to breath
Due to their physique, an overweight French Bulldogs may have breathing problems, but only during exercise. When at rest, a fat French Bulldog may also breathe heavily. Of course, that’s a serious problem at all.
6) Your French Bulldog is heavier than normal
You may often carry your French, you may feel your French Bulldog is heavier than usual at one time. If necessary, you can also use a health chart from the veterinarian to compare the weight of your French Bulldog to the ideal weight for his age.
To make it easier for you to see the recommended weight of your French Bulldog, you can see the standard of French Bulldog weight below!
Standard weight of male French Bulldog
- 1 month: 4 – 7 lbs
- 2 months: 9 – 12 lbs
- 3 months: 10 – 14 lbs
- 4 months: 12 – 16 lbs
- 5 months: 15 – 20 lbs
- 6 months: 17 – 22 lbs
- 7 months: 18 – 25 lbs
- 8 months: 19 – 27 lbs
- 9 months: 20 – 28 lbs
- 10 months: 20 – 28 lbs
- 11 months: 20 – 28 lbs
- 1 year: 20 – 28 lbs
Standard weight of female French Bulldog
- 1 month: 3 – 6 lbs
- 2 months: 7 – 10 lbs
- 3 months: 8 – 12 lbs
- 4 months: 10 – 15 lbs
- 5 months: 11 – 17 lbs
- 6 months: 13 – 20 lbs
- 7 months: 14 – 21 lbs
- 8 months: 15 – 22 lbs
- 9 months: 16 – 22 lbs
- 10 months: 17 – 24 lbs
- 11 months: 17 – 24 lbs
- 1 year: 17 – 24 lbs
Causes of Weight Gain in French Bulldogs
It is known that French Bulldogs have a tendency to wolf down food and do not always have the self-regulation to know when to stop. Your French Bulldogs will rapidly develop weight and fat issues when over-eating and is combined with a lack of regular exercise.
In addition to over-eating, there are some other causes of weight gain in French Bulldogs and they relate to specific diseases. Here are causes of weight gain due to diseases:
- Chronic illnesses such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, diabetes.
- Neutering that can cause to less energy
- Water retention and bloating due to illness
- Canine medication
- Internal parasites can lead fluid build-up
- Possible pregnancy
- Getting old and being less active
Solutions for Overweight French Bulldogs
If you’ve checked your French Bulldog’s weight and the result leads to your French Bulldog getting overweight, no worries, there are several solutions you can take. Here they are:
- Try to give your French Bulldog high fiber, low-calorie food
- Make sure to feed them in appropriate portion
- Try to reduce the portion size
- Reduce the treats
- Give your French regular exercise and walk
- Regular weighing to easily monitor the weight of your French Bulldog