The ten fattest dog breeds are considered obese by the American Kennel Club and are considered to be over twenty pounds overweight. Canine obesity can lead to a number of health problems. It is important to be aware of how your pet may be affected and look for any symptoms or problems that may occur. Obesity can compromise the heart as well as kidneys.
Beagles are the first potential candidate for being overweight. The breed is known for being high energy. It can also display aggression if it feels threatened. These dogs can quickly become couch potatoes(fat beagle) if they don’t have an exercise routine. This is one reason Beagles are often placed in shelters.
2. The Bandog
The Bandog is the second breed listed, that tends to be on the heavier side. However, it is not just the size that makes these dogs fat; they carry other traits that cause them to be big. They have short, square skulls with wide nostrils that give these dogs big, round eyes. The eyes do not always appear almond-shaped, but they are often large, oblong, almond-shaped eyes. The face of the dog might also be small and round or long and tapered.
3. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is another potential fat dog breed. These dogs love to chew and get into things. While they are very intelligent dogs, they also need lots of love and attention. Their long coat may be too hard to keep clean. This breed should be kept indoors. The owner must also be committed to regular exercise and grooming to keep the coat in great shape.
4. The Pug
The Pug is another potential option. Pugs are known as cuddling dogs. They love to cuddle up with their owners or people in general. They are very loyal to and have a tendency to be overprotective of their owners. This breed should be socialized while still young to avoid the possibility of having aggressive tendencies as an adult. A Pug may not be the best choice for someone who does not want a guard dog or someone who wants a watchdog.
5. Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute is one of the fattest dog breeds out there. Because it has a naturally short coat, the Alaskan Malamute needs plenty of attention to stay healthy. People who live in climates where the weather is harsh may want to consider another dog breed.
6. Giant Schnauzer
Another option is the Giant Schnauzer. Giant Schnauzers are very energetic and need lots of exercises. They have a tendency to be overly affectionate and this can sometimes lead to over-socialization. This breed makes a great pet for the family with ample time to devote to each other.
7. American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the AmStaff is one of the ten fattest dog breeds. This breed is considered to be an aggressive breed. This breed of dog tends to be very sensitive to strangers. The Am Staff will bark and growl at any stranger that enters its home. These dogs should be socialized from an early age. If you own an Am Staff, follow the tips below to help curb your dog’s excesses.
8. The American Bandog Mastiff
The American Bandog Mastiff is also on the list of the fattest dog breeds. In addition, it can grow to be as much as two hundred pounds when fully grown. So if you want a pet that will keep getting bigger, this is the breed to get. This dog weighs anywhere from seventy to eight pounds when fully grown and it will develop into an adult mastiff in as little as nine years.
9. The Bulldog
Bulldogs tend to be leaner than the other types of dogs that are fat listed here, but they do not mean that a dog is a good bet to be obese if you only have an average weight for height. There are many muscular and athletic dogs that are listed as being fat. The reason for this is that there are some dogs that may be listed as being extremely muscular and athletic but that they may not have the stamina to sustain their activity.
10. Jack Russel Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is probably one of the most difficult to raise, as they tend to be very hyper and don’t do well in apartment settings. They need to be in a large yard with plenty of space for running around and playing. They will also need a lot of attention. They love to be the centre of attention so a fenced-in back garden may be just what the doctor ordered. Other problems include their tendency to destroy things they can’t get to, such as garbage cans and your favourite vases. So watch out!