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I hope everyone isn't tired of my questions! I was wondering if Chihuahuas keep "puppy fat" for a while? Bentley is such a squishy little guy. He isn't necessarily fat, but he is definitely stocky. I call him a little polar bear.

He is just over 7 months old and I keep saying I think he might be a little chunky but husband says its puppy fat, lol. Beverly has always been free fed and doesn't eat enough as it is. I was hoping to free feed Bentley as well, but I don't know if that's going to work.

Do puppies get a little leaner as they grow up? Should I be concerned? He shorter than Beverly but way heavier. Maybe a whole pound heavier (which I know, not all Chi's are the same).
 

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What's his level of activity? I know it's starting to get a little chilly out, and on most outings you use the stroller. If you are really concerned, try adding a bit more exercise to his daily routine by taking extra long walks just in your neighborhood. Or at home I like get mine all running around like crazy with puppy play time. This will help burn some calories. Cause I know when Bailey isn't at his most active he will really bulk up lol. I also noticed that back when I had 2, I fed Totw and even though it's a great food, both of my dogs weighed more on it. As soon as I switched brands, their weight changed. Not saying for you to switch, just saying that every dog has a different physical make up. I've seen Bentley in photos and he is a bigger dog but he doesn't look chunky to me. Just solid. Also I noticed that cutting back on treats like cookies (even if they are healthy) worked wonders! The moment I switched to freeze dried treats like Stella's carnivore crunch or Pure bites chicken, it worked wonders for my dogs overall health. And as great as chews are for dogs, they are very fattening. I cut back tremendously on bullysticks. Instead I give mine dental toys to chew on for their teeth.
Also, I do think after pups hit that one year and up mark they do lean out quite a bit. And lose their "puppy fat."

I dunno hope this was helpful. These are my opinions based on my experience with my dogs. I'm interested in what others have to say though. Keep in mind that genetics play a role as well. Bentley may carry his build/weight after his parents.
 

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What's his level of activity? I know it's starting to get a little chilly out, and on most outings you use the stroller. If you are really concerned, try adding a bit more exercise to his daily routine by taking extra long walks just in your neighborhood. Or at home I like get mine all running around like crazy with puppy play time. This will help burn some calories. Cause I know when Bailey isn't at his most active he will really bulk up lol. I also noticed that back when I had 2, I fed Totw and even though it's a great food, both of my dogs weighed more on it. As soon as I switched brands, their weight changed. Not saying for you to switch, just saying that every dog has a different physical make up. I've seen Bentley in photos and he is a bigger dog but he doesn't look chunky to me. Just solid. Also I noticed that cutting back on treats like cookies (even if they are healthy) worked wonders! The moment I switched to freeze dried treats like Stella's carnivore crunch or Pure bites chicken, it worked wonders for my dogs overall health. And as great as chews are for dogs, they are very fattening. I cut back tremendously on bullysticks. Instead I give mine dental toys to chew on for their teeth.
Also, I do think after pups hit that one year and up mark they do lean out quite a bit. And lose their "puppy fat."

I dunno hope this was helpful. These are my opinions based on my experience with my dogs. I'm interested in what others have to say though. Keep in mind that genetics play a role as well. Bentley may carry his build/weight after his parents.

Yes, I should take him on more walks. His Mom was bigger and his Dad about Beverly's size. He is not the biggest of the litter but he is larger than his sisters. His legs are not as long and are stocky as well so it may be his build. Right now I love his little squishy polar bear self. And he has so much hair around his neck he looks like a lion! I do want to keep his weight in check. I think I will take your advice and cut back on bully sticks and increase exercise.

Thanks!
 

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If he's 7 months old, you might need to cut back his calories and get him running laps a bit more often ;) Finley is coming up on 4 months old and he has definitely lost all his puppy fat. He's in a lean, lanky stage right now lol. But he's extremely active - constantly playing with his brother and sister, running turbo mode around our back yard, and going on walks.
 

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What if anything has the vet said about his weight for his age and overall build? If you still have a concern at the time of Bentley's next visit then it's something you could bring up and ask. Get a feel from the vet where they thinks Bentley's ideal weight range should be. I also agree with Meoshia that treats and bully sticks can be fattening and usually go as uncounted fat/calorie intake on our part. I know I've been guilty of that. Also since you free feed is he sneaking in an extra meal by eating some of Beverly's food?

From pictures I've seen I didn't think that Bentley looked overweight or was heading in that direction, but when in doubt I always check with my vet on their opinion of their current weight and overall physical condition.
 

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I have a small animal scale from Foster and Smith. I TRY to weigh mine every other month or so. Mostly they only have a few ounces difference in between weighing in. I keep a card with their weights going back to when they were babies!!
 

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This is a great idea to track their weight. I have a really good scale here. I usually just go by how my chi's look. If I've been sharing too much of my food or giving too many treats I just cut back. Mine never get overweight though. I do try to keep them at one solid weight though.
 
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