10 Dog Breeds Most Likely to Be Obese

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is commonly referred to as the “Flabrador Retriever” due to its propensity towards being overweight. There are two reasons for a Lab’s obesity: genetics, and improper exercise. Scientists now know that some Labs carry a gene that limits their ability to feel full while eating, making them most likely to gain weight.  

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound has a big appetite, slow metabolism, and relaxed demeanor. Unable to exercise as much as other dogs, these factors all contribute to obesity in the Basset Hound.


Dachshunds have a unique body shape, with long sausage-like bodies and short legs. They are also prone to spinal disorders, which can make exercise difficult. For this reason, many wiener dogs suffer from obesity, which not only makes the spinal disorder worse, but places undue stress on their little legs.

English Bulldog

English Bulldogs cannot tolerate exercise, which makes it extremely easy for them to gain weight. However, excess weight makes many of their existing health problems worse. These dogs need very strict diets.

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is one dog that is most at-risk for becoming obese; however, the reason is not entirely known. Regardless, Scottish Terriers put on weight easily, and often struggle to lose what has been gained. 


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Beagles are an active breed that love to eat, yet rarely receive adequate exercise. They must be given strict food portions, and owners must never give in to their howling for treats.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are prone to endocrine disorders which can substantially slow their metabolism. In addition, few German Shepherds receive proper exercise for an active breed.  

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels (as well as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) are the quintessential lap dog. As such, they receive lots of treats and little exercise, resulting in high obesity rates.


Pugs were developed to have around and roly-poly type body. Unfortunately, this trait also means that it is easy for the breed to gain weight when not given proper exercise and food portions.


The Rottweiler is a dog that is intended to be large and muscular. As an inactive breed, it can be especially easy for this dog to gain weight and insulate its well-muscled frame. However, care should be taken to prevent this occurrence, as arthritis is devastating in a large-breed dog. 

Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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