Dog Body Condition Score Guide

Assessing BCS

Quickly evaluate your dog's body shape and feel their ribs to determine their body condition score 

Ideal BCS

A BCS of 5 indicates a healthy weight. Your dog should have a discernible waist and easily felt ribs


BCS 3 or less means your dog is underweight. Consult a vet to create a safe weight gain plan.


BCS 7 or more indicates overweight dogs. Manage their diet and exercise for gradual weight loss.

BCS Components

Assess fat coverage over ribs, spine, and tail base. Monitor muscle mass for a comprehensive BCS evaluation.

Importance of BCS

Maintaining an ideal BCS promotes better mobility, longer lifespan, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

Consult a Vet

Always consult your veterinarian for a personalized BCS assessment and weight management plan.

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