A Rapid Method for Determining Normal Weights of Medium-to-Large Mongrel Dogs

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The length, circumference, height and weight of 63 (29 female, 34 male) unconditioned mongrel dogs were measured. Means and standard deviations of the mean were calculated for each parameter for males, females, and combined totals. Combined totals were used to plot regression lines for length: weight, circumference: weight, and height: weight. Correlation coefficients of the lines of regression were 0.76, 0.85, and 0.41 for length: weight, circumference: weight, and height: weight, respectively, and standard errors for the three parameters were 3.20, 2.25, and 3.95, respectively. Circumference, the best single parameter for predicting weight, was selected and used to compile a table of normalized weights expressed in kilograms and pounds for convenient comparison.



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