All pets can become overweight. This may be due to overeating, lack of exercise or an underlying
medical condition such a hypothyroidism. However, there are some dog breeds that are prone to
excessive weight gain. And just like people, it can be more difficult for these particular pooches to
get down to a healthy body weight. Check out which breeds are predisposed to being porky to
see if you may have to fight the battle of the bulge with your canine companion.
This breed tends to gobble up whatever food is made available to it or whatever it can find…don’t
leave your dinner plate unattended. The Beagle is designed to be a hunting dog so when pet
parents treat it as a house pet, it tends to pack on the pounds. Before you bring this breed into
your home, be sure you are prepared to give it daily and rigorous exercise to prevent it from
The American & English Cocker Spaniels
Because of the big brown eyes and floppy ears of these adorable dog breeds, people tend to
treat them more like cuddly “babies” rather than the field dogs they are actually bred to be. If left
to their own devices the Cockers can easily become couchpotatoes which will pack on those
unwanted pounds. Get these pooches off the furniture and exercising to prevent obesity.
Lishinu Tip: Feeding your dog a high quality dog food is one of the best ways to ensure
good nutrition, along with a balanced diet to promote a healthy weight.
Not only are Dachshunds prone to being fat, they are also prone to a condition known as
Intervertebral Disc Disease. This only worsens with obesity, which can lead to paralysis. Pet
parents of this dog need to remember they are full of energy because their origins are dated back
to when they were used for hunting weasels, badgers and other small game.
The English Bulldog
With its short stocky build and pushedin nose, the English Bulldog tends to want to laze those
dogdays away on a comfy bed. However, letting this breed gain an excessive amount of weight
is not only hard on its joints and heart, but will only add to its heavybreathing problem.
Lishinu Tip: Daily exercise to promote weight loss can include a long walk with our
retractable leash or playing fetch in the park.
The Golden Retriever
This dog may have been voted most popular, but it also tends to gain an excessive amount of
weight if not monitored. This is mostly due to the fact that Goldens love their food any food and
will eat constantly if allowed to do so. Remember, Golden Retrievers are a working dog, which
means they have a lot of energy. Get your Retriever out for long walks or games of fetch to help
keep those unwanted pounds away.
The Basset Hound
Another shortlegged dog that loves to lounge and eat is the Basset Hound. Although, this breed
was intended as a hunting dog, with this practice left mainly for sport these days, the Bassett has
become a lazylounger. Unfortunately, because of its undersized legs, this dog can pack on the
pounds very quickly, so get him out there to exercise on a daily basis.
Lishinu Tip: Feed your dog healthy snacks like chunks of carrot or green beans to keep
his caloric intake down.
Once thought of as a tough and “scary” breed, the Rottweiler has been making its way into
homes as a beloved pet for many years. However, along with being a house pet comes the
propensity to pack on the pounds. Rotties are a large and active breed that can keep up with the
best, so don’t let him become a couchpotato.
Walk It Off With Lishinu
Taking your dog for a walk should be a pleasurable experience, but some leashes are a pain to
hold onto and offer absolutely no flexibility for the handler whatsoever. With Lishinu’s retractable
lead, you will have both your hands free to take a call, text, carry drinks or just enjoy the
experience without dealing with a cumbersome leash. In addition, with the quicklock motion, you
will always have your dog under control no matter where you are or what you are doing. Check
out the wide range of colors and sizes the Lishinu is available in so you can start your pooch on
the road to weight loss and good health.