13 Types of Fat Dog Breeds With Pictures

There are several dog breeds that tend to be more prone to fatness and obesity due to their breed, development, atmosphere or temperament. It is important to care for these dogs well to prevent any major health issues from developing due to their weight.

Let’s take a brief look at some fat dog breeds.

Fat Dog Breeds

1. Beagle

fat beagle

Beagles are small dogs that were initially bred for hunting hares. They have a keen sense of smell and are quite intelligent, affectionate, playful and energetic dogs. What then, makes them prone to become fat?

While these dogs love running around when they are still young, the extent of this reduces quite a bit as they continue to age. They also gulp down their food too quickly while also enjoying eating to quite an extent.

A combination of these factors and a lack of exercise can lead to them becoming fat.

2. Boxer

Boxers are usually quite active and energetic dogs, requiring plenty of exercise on a daily basis to keep them healthy, happy and well-behaved. They are friendly dogs and love playing around as well while still being easily trainable.

Despite this, they are prone to become fat since hypothyroidism is quite common in these dogs. Since they also have brachycephalic heads, they might run out of steam or even overheat, which could cause them to stop exercising, especially if it gets intense.

Not all Boxers will develop hypothyroidism, but it can certainly contribute to significant weight gain.

3. English Mastiff

English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is a large dog originating from England. Their bodies and heads are quite huge and also have an affectionate, loyal and playful temperament.

However, despite already being huge in size, they also run the risk of gaining a considerable amount of head since they are not highly energetic dogs. It is easy for them to curl up and rest without getting enough daily exercise.

If you have these dogs or are planning to get them, make sure you take them out every day so that they do not become too lazy. Resting too much without a habit of going out can lead to other health issues as well.

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4. Cocker Spaniel

Ideally, Cocker Spaniels should not weigh more than 30 pounds to ensure that they can remain healthy. While Cocker Spaniels are quite active and energetic, they also run the risk of developing hypothyroidism. Hip dysplasia can also render them unable to move around too much.

Apart from these medical conditions, Cocker Spaniels might also become too lazy if you do not take them out every day to get some physical exercise. This can then also lead to other health and behavioral issues that you should try to avoid.

If you notice your Cocker Spaniel having lower moods than usual while also developing dry skin, then you should take this as a sign to take action.

5. Pug

fat Pug

Pugs are beloved dogs that originate from China. They are also known for their wrinkly face along with a muscular but short body.

Pugs are extremely friendly dogs and tend to love being around people and cuddling up to them. However, this can also take a turn since they might become lazy due to their relatively low energy levels. This can then make them fat if you do not provide enough exercise on a regular basis.

You should also ensure that the food they eat is healthy enough.

They also have brachycephalic heads which might cause them to run out of breath quicker.

6. Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are known for their keen sense of smell. They are also quite affectionate and vocal. They are usually quite short but tend to have a long body.

While they were bred for hunting hares, they do not actually possess high energy levels, often preferring to stay at home and lounge around. However, you should provide regular exercise to them so that they do not become too fat, as this could lead to a bunch of other issues.

These dogs are also big eaters, which can easily lead to them becoming fat. They are also more prone to joint issues and injuries, which can discourage them from regular exercise.

7. Dachshund

fat Dachshund

Dachshunds also tend to have long bodies but short legs, which can make it slightly difficult for them to maintain their exercises for a long time. They might become tired easily, leading to lesser exercise than they require, especially if they also tend to eat a lot.

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Because of the length of their spines, becoming fat can lead to several issues with their spine and bones, which can immobilize them even more.

In fact, they are already prone to spinal diseases, which you should look out for. At the same time, make sure that you do not overdo the exercise levels.

8. Bulldog


Bulldogs are usually medium in size but tend to have short legs and a stout but muscular body. However, due to their well-known wrinkled faces, they are also brachycephalic breeds that can easily and quickly run out of breath if they exercise too intensely.

They are also quite prone to hip dysplasia, which can render them unable to move around too much.

They also generally possess relatively lower levels of energy, which can then make them want to lounge around the house. They need an adequate amount of exercise without overdoing it.

9. Labrador Retriever

fat Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are generally quite loving, affectionate and playful. They love being around people and also enjoy running around due to their high levels of energy.

Their loving nature, however, can also make them too lazy if they stay around the house all the time. Make sure you provide a good amount of exercise, but make sure that you do not overdo it since these dogs are prone to exercise-induced collapse. If this happens too frequently, it can also make them unable to exercise often.

They also tend to lack an important gene called POMC that is important for appetite and maintaining the fat levels in the body.

10. Welsh Corgi

fat Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is generally a highly active dog that needs plenty of exercise on a daily basis. At the same time, these dogs are also quite affectionate and love being around people and cuddling up to them.

This can make it easy for them to become too lazy without exercising enough. They are also more prone to obesity in general since they have a pretty large appetite. It is, therefore, important to maintain a healthy diet for them while also giving them enough exercise.

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They are also prone to hip dysplasia, which might make them unable to move too much.

11. Chihuahua

fat Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are extremely small dogs and generally do not weigh more than six pounds. In this sense, even if they happen to gain a small amount of weight which might not seem like much to us or in comparison to other dogs, it can be quite dangerous to these dogs.

To prevent too many issues, it is essential to make good use of their high energy levels to provide daily exercise while also maintaining a good diet.

12. Rottweiler


Rottweilers are usually large in size. Usually, large breeds are quite prone to hip dysplasia, which can then create mobility issues for these dogs. This can then reduce the ability to exercise, leading to fatness or obesity.

They can also overheat quite easily. If you do not provide daily exercise to them while also continuing to feed them, then this can lead to several health issues for them that stem from obesity.

Rottweilers are moderately energetic, so it can be quite easy for them to stay at home and seek affection from the people around them. It can be easy to forget about exercising in this situation, but it is essential to maintain a routine.

13. Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers possess standard energy levels that are not too much and not too little. In this sense, it is important to continue to provide regular exercise to them so that they do not become too lazy and, as a result, too fat, as this can then lead to a bunch of other issues.

These dogs also have higher chances of developing a disorder called Scottie cramp, which might make it difficult for these dogs to walk properly. If this happens, they can easily become obese due to the inability to exercise.

Usually, however, if this genetic disorder is detected in these dogs, they are not bred further.