11-21-2012, 12:48 PM
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Yes, activity level definitely matters, and body condition also. I feed my high-energy dog the same amount of food some folks feed their larger, more laid back dogs and she's still nicely slim.
Here's a quick and easy guide from this article:What to Do if Your Puppy is Overweight | Dogster
"It's simple to do a weight test at home with your puppy. If your puppy is underweight, his ribs will be visible with no palpable fat. Pelvic and collar bones will be prominent. If your puppy is an ideal weight, you can feel the ribs easily but they are not prominently visible. His waist is distinct when viewed from above and his abdomen slightly tucked when viewed from the side. If your puppy is overweight, the ribs are palpable with difficulty and there is a distinct cover of fat. You will probably start to notice fatty bumps around his ribs and tail. There is no waist.