Which of the descriptions below matches the ideal body condition for the majority of working dogs?
a. Ribs are palpated with slight excess fat covering. Rib cage evident, individual ribs difficult to visualize. Abdominal tuck can be appreciated from the side, as is an hour-glass shape from the top. Normal muscle mass.
b. Ribs easily palpated with no excess fat, individual ribs can be easily visualized. Some vertebrae can be visualized, as well as the pelvic bones. Normal muscle mass.
c. Ribs easily palpated with minimal body fat. Some ribs may be visible, at rest or in motion, defined hour-glass curve appreciated from above, defined abdominal tuck when viewed from the side. Normal muscle mass.
d. Ribs easily palpated with no excess body fat. Some ribs may be visible, especially in motion or upon inhalation. Rib cage evident. Hourglass shape noted when viewed from above, abdominal tuck noted when viewed from the side. Normal muscle mass.
e. All ribs easily visualized, spine, hips and other bony processes may be visualized. Minimal loss of muscle mass. No fat can be palpated, defined hourglass curve from above, defined abdominal tuck from the side.