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Unread 04-20-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
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Just wanting help and advice on how my boy is going, he has loose skin around his neck and under his chin, is there any exercises that can help with this or if thats how he is im not fussed either way

his name is tyson. 6mths. . . . and weighs 28.3kg

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all staffs/pits do.. at least everyone I have meet, it's natures protection against dog bites, loose skin gives extra skin in an attackers mouth, as well as help preventing bad muscle bites, and the dog can turn while being bit and bite back...
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Actually a correct adult staff shouldn't have loose skin on the neck.

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Neck: Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
http://www.amstaff.org/amstaff_standard.html

It's not unusual though for a puppy as they're still growing into their skin. There isn't really anything that can be done other than to hope that as he matures and builds up muscle it will tighten up.
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weird... most ones I have seen have it though, missy do too, granted she's a mix though of something else... english staffordshire bullterrier I know is slick and tight, but pits and amstaff that I've encountered always had some around their neck you can pull in.. ah well..

Question is, is it the regular scruff he has?? cause that I don't think a dog can ever get away from...
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well thats all good as i said its not so much an issue to me, i just thought the breed standard was to be no loose skin around the neck wasnt sure if that included under the chin, cause that is where it is mainly

hahaha just when he drink his water all under is chin and neck get wet haha

top of the neck is fine its all under

and is he too heavy for his age ??? i mean 6mths at 28kg ??? i cop alot crap for it saying his is fat. . . i mean to me he looks fantastic healthy and fit
cant help that he grew so fast

i mean u can see lyla is 5mths . . . . less then half the size of tyson

either way love em both my kids :P
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Looking at his pictures, he's still a baby and has a lot of loose skin to grow into yet. Even his forehead is wrinkled. That's partly due to him being overweight.

Opinions on weight will depend on the individual who's giving the opinion. I'd rather see a puppy on the lean side than overweight while it's bones are still developing. IMO he is overweight for a puppy who's in the middle of a fast growing period. It will be easier on him if he's not burdened by unnecssary weight while he continues to grow. But that's just my own opinion.

It does look like he's going to be a big boy. All the more reason to keep the weight under control.
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