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How heavy is 20 pounds?

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It's about as heavy as a Dachshund.
(a.k.a. "Wiener dog", a.k.a. Teckel, a.k.a. Dackel, a.k.a. "hot dog dog", a.k.a. "sausage dog", a.k.a. "doxie") (FCI standard; standard size)
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) calls for dachshunds to weigh about 20 pounds. Despite of their small size, a 2008 survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania named dachshunds as the most aggressive dog breed.
It's about one-and-one-third times as heavy as a Bowling Ball.
In other words, 20 pounds is 1.33333333 times the weight of a Bowling Ball, and the weight of a Bowling Ball is 0.750000002 times that amount.
(most common selection among male bowlers)
With an allowable range of 6 lbs to 16 lbs, the most-preferred bowling ball weight among adult, male bowlers is 15 lbs. Because regulation balls measure the same diameter irrespective of their weight, ball density varies by size and balls weighing less than about 11.0231131 pounds will float in water.
It's about three-fourths as heavy as a Gold Bar.
In other words, 20 pounds is 0.7291666667 times the weight of a Gold Bar, and the weight of a Gold Bar is 1.371428571 times that amount.
(London Good Delivery bar)
A "London Good Delivery" gold bar — the variety commonly held by Central Banks — should weigh 27.42857143 pounds. The largest gold bar ever produced was minted by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (a sibling company of the auto manufacturer) in 2005 and weighed 551.1556555 pounds.
It's about two times as heavy as a Gallon of Paint.
In other words, the weight of a Gallon of Paint is 0.5 times 20 pounds.
(excluding container; average weight)
A gallon of paint weighs about 10 pounds. Every day, 10,000,000 L (3,000,000 gal) of paint are applied in the United States.
It's about two times as heavy as a Cat.
In other words, the weight of a Cat is 0.5 times 20 pounds.
(Felis catus) (Domestic; healthy weight)
The average domestic cat should weigh between 10 pounds. Cats are known for their righting reflex, which allows them to land on their feet and survive falls from heights of 1 m (3 ft) up to about 21 m.
It's about three times as heavy as a Brick.
In other words, 20 pounds is 3.1 times the weight of a Brick, and the weight of a Brick is 0.32 times that amount.
(Standard, traditional face brick - 1,900 cu. cm (120 cu. in))
A standard, traditional face brick weighs an average of 6.4 pounds. The steeple of the Church of St. Martin in Landshut, Germany is said to be the tallest brick tower in the world at a height of 130.6 m (428.5 ft) and was constructed using an estimated 650,000 bricks.
It's about three-tenths as heavy as a Dalmatian.
In other words, 20 pounds is 0.308 times the weight of a Dalmatian, and the weight of a Dalmatian is 3.25 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Dalmatinac, a.k.a. Carriage Dog, a.k.a. Spotted Coach Dog, a.k.a. Firehouse Dog) (FCI standard; male)
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) calls for Dalmatians to weigh between 65 pounds. The association of the breed with fire departments (and similarly with Budweiser Beer and its team of Clydesdales) stems from their affinity for horses, having been used historically as carriage dogs capable of guiding horse-drawn fire engines to the sites of blazes.