How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy?

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Dog eating: How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy?There are many elements to keeping your dog healthy. These include giving him enough exercise, playtime and, of course, food. But do you know how much to feed puppy?

In this article, we’re going to discuss what puppy’s diet should consist of, how often you should feed them and the proper amount of food you should be feeding your dog. We’re sure our puppy feeding guide will help you provide the proper diet for your pup!

Article Overview

What Can Puppies Eat?

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For the first six to eight weeks of a puppy’s life, he should be with his mother and nurse as he pleases. The mother’s milk provides the nutrients necessary to protect the puppy from diseases. During this time, you don’t need to worry as much about how much to feed puppy because his mother is the one feeding him.

Once your puppy has hit the four to six week age, you should start to wean him off his mother’s milk — this will take two to three weeks. To do this, select a brand of puppy food — consider asking your vet for any recommendations. Blend the dog food with milk replacer and offer it to the puppy three to four times a day. Gradually reduce the amount of milk replacer until you’re only giving him dog food, the puppy should be around eight weeks old.

Read Reviews Of The Best Puppy Foods

Can Puppies Eat Adult Dog Food?

Puppies and adult dogs have different nutrient needs. To help puppies grow into adult dogs, they require more protein, micronutrients and carbs. Puppies also require a high amount of calories to help them grow, so it’s important to purchase a high-quality brand of food for your puppy.

A puppy’s mouth is smaller than an adult’s, which helps explain why their food is smaller too. Feeding puppies adult dog food can be dangerous because the kibbles are larger and the texture is harder. If you give a puppy adult dog food, it can cause damage to his teeth, jaws and overall health.

But, if you are looking for high-quality, human-grade food for your little friend, perhaps you could try Petplate, our top-pick for fresh meals. It is a healthy solution for dogs of all ages.

Puppy Feeding Chart

Most dog food bags have a dog feeding chart on the label, similar to the one below. Be sure to check your dog’s bag of food for a label like this, so you know how much to feed him. These amounts are meant to be fed to your dog over a 24 hour period unless otherwise stated.

Weight of DogAmount of Food Per Day
5 pounds1/2 cup to 5/8 cup
10 pounds3/4 cup to 1 cup
20 pounds1 1/4 cups to 1 3/4 cups
40 pounds2 1/4 cups to 3 cups
60 pounds3 cups to 4 cups
80 pounds3 2/3 cups to 5 cups
100 pounds4 1/4 cups to 6 cups

And here’s a handy graphic you can reference as well for dogs of all ages and sizes.

Puppy Feeding Chart: How much to Feed Puppy?

Source: Canine Journal

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How Often Should You Feed A Puppy?

You just got your puppy, and now you’re asking yourself, “How often should I feed my puppy?” Everyone asks themselves this question, and you’re not alone. Setting a routine for your puppy feeding schedule is important so he can learn when to expect his food.

Puppies sometimes need three or more feedings a day. So, according to the chart on your puppy’s bag of food, you’ll want to divide that by three or more and give it to him throughout the day. A common feeding schedule for puppies is 7 am, noon and 5 pm.

If you decide to do more feedings than three, you can adjust the times for the puppy eating schedule as needed. One thing to keep in mind though is to keep that last feeding around the 5 o’clock mark. That way he has ample time to digest the food and eliminate one last time before he goes to sleep for the night.

As your dog gets older, you can reduce the number of feedings. Most adult dogs eat two meals per day. You’ll want to divide their food requirement by two.

Transitioning Your Dog’s Food

The importance of planning and allowing for a transitional process when changing dog food is often overlooked. Imagine eating the same meals every day. Then, suddenly, you change to something completely different. You’ll probably experience a tummy ache or some gastrointestinal problems.

The same thing goes for your dog. Remember that it’s a process that should take a minimum of six days and sometimes even more time to adjust.

A Healthy Dog Is A Happy Dog

And just remember, having a dog who has their dietary needs met will be happier and healthier as a result. Not eating enough can lead to malnutrition and overeating makes your pup obese (read our tips to help your dog lose weight).

Are you looking for more dog food articles? We’ve got plenty of resources on various dog diets and nutrition including homemade dog food recipes and what to do if you run out of dog food. We also have a guide about when you should switch your dog from puppy to adult food.

Have additional questions or issues with your dog? Ask us if you need help. We’d love to help your family transition and aid with any adjustments as needed.

Tell us about your pup! How much and how often is your dog eating?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories and more. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child. In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly's research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today.

One of Kimberly's favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs, and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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David Callaway
Our pups are 10 weeks old. Due to work we can only feed twice a day. We half the recommended amount and give once in the morning and evening.
7 month old Astonia Shepherd 71 lbs. How much do I feed her
odette grimes
4 week old welsh terrier puppy weighing abt 2lbs 3 oz right on low end of target. What is a good weaning diet and how much. Still on mother’s milk, mostly. As long as possible. He is not keen on baby pablum. I mixed that with goat’s milk and colostrum. Had one live healthy pup.
I have an 8 months old blue heeler pit mix I give her about 2 cups twice a day is that enough why does it seem like I never feed her
I have a 9 month German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Cane Corso, Pressa Canario, Pitbull mix… She gets 2 cups kibble, a raw egg, and some pureed pumpkin a day. The 2 cups is what her real owner wants her to eat, the pumpkin and egg are what a veterinarian has advised with all of my dogs… I am guessing that pups this age are bottomless pits?
I have a daschund and shiztui mix 1lb
How much should I be feeding her
The vet said just leave it out for her, but she eliminates waste 20 times a day
Think she is over eating
Hello! I have 2 silver labs one is 4 months and the other is 5 months. Their weigh is 41 and 45 pounds. We are feeding them 4 and 4 1/2 cups daily. I’m not sure if that is ok. We are doing what the vet told us to do 1 Oz of food per 1 pound in each dog but I’m not sure when we what to change their routine.
Danelle wiggins
I have an 8 month old lab she eats twice a day i feed her 2 cups per feeding but she acts like shes still hungry
Eunice Scott
I have a 4 month old Shop-a-doodle that weights 18.8 pounds. She eats 2 1/2 cups of dry food a day in 3 feedings with a tablespoon or two of wet food mixed in. She will still eat any treats we give her. Most charts say we are over feeding her, but the vet says we are doing fine. What is your opinion?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
We suggest that you ask another vet if you want a second opinion. While we adore dogs and do a lot of research to help our readers live better, healthier lives with their pets, we are not trained nutritionists nor vets.
do puppies with lots energy become more irritable when hungry
Jared Torrico
I have a miniature sheep a doodle about the same age and 4lbs less. We are at 1 1/2 cups in 3 feedings, but these dogs will never be full.I go a little bit over what is recommended, but if you let them eat more they dont know when to stop so be careful with that, they will eat until they throw up if you let them.
I have a 4 and 1/2 month old german shepherd/siberian husky mix. I feed her Pure Balance Lamb & Fava Bean because it’s one of the few healthier dog foods that doesn’t mess with her digestive system. She is probably around 25-30 lbs, but her ribs pop out and she looks skinny. I feed her 3 cups a day, one cup per 3 meals, and I feel like I should be feeding her more because she doesn’t look like shes a healthy weight. She doesn’t have worms or anything, she’s healthy. And whenever she eats, she eats so fast like she’s starving. Does anyone have any suggestions on how many cups of that food brand I should give her per day? She’s a very energetic puppy and she gets daily exercise.
Eunice Scott
Sound a lot like our Shep-a-Doodle who is 4 months, 18.8 pounds. Our vet says we are doing fine feeding her 2 1/2 -3 cups dry, 2 tablespoons(per feeding) wet per day in 3 feedings. High energy, always acts hungry. Vet says it would be tempting to overfeed her because of this, but it could cause to quick of growth and health issues. But always best to check with your vet.
I have german shepherd with same problem, feed him twice a day Taste of the wild brand or whatever you like,no grain.2 cups in the morning 2 cups @ the dinner .Good luck
Brian Raschke
After doing a lot of research. Grain free dog food is not that great for dogs. Google dog food advisor. It will give you the rating of the dog food and also the good and the bad about grain free dog food. This site is an excellent place to get information on all dog food and their ratings etc.
I have a 4-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel turning 5 months old. How much food should I feed her, and how many times?

Also, when is a puppy considered a full-grown dog?

I have a 7 month old puppy (Heinz 57 variety) aka mixed breed , small breed weighing 25-30 lbs. She makes the biggest size stool and eliminates easily 3-4 times a day , normal consistency. She also started to vomit today, and I hope it isnt because I stopped the afternoon feeding after she went 3 times already today, not diarrhea normal stool. I need some help on feeding, how much and how often?
Michelle Campbell
I have a 17 month old Cane Corso and we feed him twice a 3 cups per serving.
His dad was 140 pounds and solid
He is 100 pounds and has been for 3 months and I want him to get bigger.
Are there any recommendations you would give me?
Thanks Apollo
My guy I’d 16 misunderstood in a few days and lasts he was weighed was 115 lbs. Thar was @ 14 months. His dad is 170. Mom 100. Both solid muscle. I feed him a combination of raw one month kibble then next. Kibble is taste of the wild. His raw is a combination of all things raw including the organs. He loves it.
I have a 6 week old American bully how much should I feed him
I have a two month old German shepherd and rottweiler mix puppy, what should I feed and at what time.
Feed the German Shepard a good quality puppy food. The Rottweiler should eat cats.
Laughed at “the Rottweiler should eat cats”
That’s not funny. I am a big dog lover, I have 2. I also had 2 cats that just recently passed away , 2 weeks apart and they were both 21 years old. My dogs loved the cats and mourned their loss. Cats are good pets too.
Please relax. No harm was intended, just a bit of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

My sympathies regarding your cats. Mine is 15 and not doing well. It’s so hard…

Patricia Thomas
When you say 1 cup do you mean 8ounces?
Jr Grand
Does one cup equal to one cat ?
I have a six month old lab mix I have trouble getting him to eat. He will only eat what he wants and has to be out of my hand. He is a fussy eater, what do I do???
Terri L McCarthy
I soak my dogs food overnight and he gulps it down now. Good for the digestion too!
Debra Carter
My 5.5 month old standard poodle was eating 2 cups of kibble a day; Now, he gets 1 cup at 7, 12 and 5 o’clock. He weighs 20.6 pounds, which is a little underweight for his height of 19 inches at the withers. Hopefully, he will now start to gain the appropriate amount of weight. I think he would eat more if I offered it. We will see how he improves first.
Winnie Kwan
Hi, my golden retrievers boy puppy is 12 weeks old, I’m feeding him canine golden retrievers puppy kibble, 3 meals a day, 1 cup per meal. He finishes each meal less than a minute and sometimes seems not enough and want more. May I know if the quantity I’m feeding him correctly or not enough please? He loves your puppy food so much, he had other brand before, but always left half of his meal in the bowl.
Angie pike
I have a pug 10 weeks old I feed her 4 times a day as advices by her vet, and I do it in ounces, I do just under 2ozs.but she scoffs it down and was worried I am giving the right amount each time, I was told this amount by tge vet recetionist but it seems so little.she still seems hungry.
I’m also questioning the amount to feed my 9mo old poodle mix 22 pounds and a perfect weight.
Robin Schmid
I understand that it is best to feed my puppy 3 times per day but that is just not realistic with my schedule. Am I really harming my puppy if I am feeding him twice daily? He is still getting the same anount of food. He is almost 10 weeks and about 10 lbs. I am able to get him out for a potty break during the day but do not have the time to feed him also.
My 1 year old refuses to eat any dog food. Dry or canned.
I had the same problem started making him homemade food now he is in perfect shape I found a recipe for DIY puppy food on Google also scooby puppy stew he absolutely loves
My husky is 3 months old and i am using royal canin plz tell me how much to feed him. In 24 hours. I am also giving him samolace mixed with whole milk+water,whole wheat breed. Can u just tell me how much to give him..
I’m sorry but your puppy chart is not even close. A 20 lbs puppy for large breeds such as a GSD, Retriever, or Lab should be getting 2.75 – 3 cups per day – all large breed puppy food bags specifies this. So if you feed 3 times per day it should be about 1 cup per feeding. At the rates you specify the puppy would be emaciated.
Robin Barnett
I had my 2 mixed blue heeler puppies neutered a month ago. I feed them blue buffalo lamb and oatmeal puppy dry food and they get 1-1/2 cups twice a day plus a few treats in between. I can tell they have slowed down a little Am I feeding them too much. Thank you Robin B.
Do your research on blue buffalo. It’s killing animals!!
Deborah Keyes
You are SO right! I lost our standard Poodle early due to Blue Buffalo! I thought I was doing the best giving her this food since she was such a picky eater and loved this. I was so wrong! It affected her liver and kidneys!
I’ve just purchased a male standard Poodle and breeder swears by Putin’s Focus for Puppies. Never has a problem. I’m trying it.
I’m switching my Shepherd pup off blue wilderness. Just seems way too rich for his gut and the poop smell is like no other. He’ll be going back to purina which the vet said is just fine.
i wish someone would do this by food weight,how much does a half cup equal? is it different between wet and dry?i use freshpet for my 10 year old westie.can i use this for my new pup,an 8 week old boston?should they have some dry food with wet for teeth health?
Sonam tsheltrium penjor
My dog is cross breed of labodor and it’s 4months now so how should I feed him
Holly Ebanks
Still do 3 meals a day until 6 months of age
Kimberly B.
My Blue Nose Pitbull female is now 6 most old. How many scoops of her puppy food do I need to give her? Right now, I’m giving her one full scoop 3x a day.
Holly Ebanks
Do one and a half cups 2 times a day now seeing as though she’s 6 months old
Love your article, Kim. It’s concise and provides great information. I’m with Susan, I think more folks should read it or see their vet. We’ve had a high energy Brittany-Pointer since 9 months. She’s now 3 and maintains her 50 lbs with 2.5 cups dog kibble and a scoop of canned dogfood meat chunks daily, divided 6am and 5-6pm. Our new 6 month German Shepherd-Lab gets puppy kibble, 2.5 cups divided into three feedings. We tried two, but she seemed too hungry by dinner, so we went to three. Both are happy, energetic, loving pups. Read the article, folks! Hope this info helps.
Hi ,
My dog is a toy poodle puppy 3 months old she is eating now Royal canin dry food for puppies, I feel she is getting bored , can I start cooking for her homr made food same on the site ( carrots, chicken breasts, sweet pitatoes …etc) or its not good for her age?
I greatly appreciate this website and information given. However, I don’t understand why so many people are having issues comprehending the kibble chart. Also, all the questions on what to feed, how much(if don’t understand chart). That’s what your vet is for. If your vet is not telling you how much, suggesting what type, and weights. Get a new vet. Your vet see’s and knows your pet, if you are taking them to a vet. Just my two cents. Have a great day.
Sarvey saitej
My breed is shihszu …
It is 3months pup….
What should I feed her…
We found two small puppies about 5-6 weeks old. They were abandoned .They weighted 3 lbs. Two weeks later The vet told us they weighted 5 lbs.I read the food amount to be given but there are really no amounts for under nourished pups. I asked the vet but no help there. I am feeding Merrick no grain all meat .They act like they are starving.Am I doubt g it right.Small meals 8th of a cup.We feed 5 times a day since one has a very weak gut and gets diarrhea easily.
Kelsi Oliver
I am getting a Great Pyrenees she is 4 months old and I don’t know how much I should feed her.
Barbara Chamber
I hv 4 1 week old puppies that the mother is part cocker spaniel, golden, n Jack Russell! Father is poodle/besionfreesaie2 2 white W/speckled n 2 tan w/speckles they all HV wavy curly hair!
where are these puppies? I am in KS. text me at 3166481258 or send e=mail.
I have a 5 and a half mnth old german shepherd female that’s going to be used as our new breeder when she turns 2.She gets 6 cups a day mixed with canned food.She gets tons of exercise everyday as I have 2 more adult GSD’S which are fixed that she plays with.She would eat more if I gave it to her but I dont need a overweight dog.I think she gets plenty of food
Thats the age of my white german shepherd. We usually buy Pedigree thats supposed to simulate mothers milk. It says 6 cups per day just like you said. My wife got a different food last week n it says 3 cups. Cant imagine why theres such a big difference. Any thoughts?
Protein content
Sounds horrible to use your dog for breeding. Shes not a baby and money factory you know
Where is the dog supposed to breed? In the wild? They’re domesticated.
8 weeks border collie female. How many cups per day please. Thank you.
I have a 4 month old Chiweani and Boxer, Lab mix. He’s small like daddy but big paws like mama. He weighs about 13-20 pounds. Is a cup and a half a day ok? I’ve been doing morning and night but was thinking of taking that same amount and dividing it into 3 times a day, Does that sound good or should I just feed him more at his regular times? Thanks
I have a 10 month old female leonberger. She is 114lbs now. How much food should she eat. I make her chicken rice and veggies and supplement with oil and a vitamin that covers calcium etc
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Lori, For every 10 lbs of your dog’s weight, you can feed 1/3-1/2 cup of cooked dog food per day. So, for 114 lbs, we would suggest a max of 5.7 cups of cooked food for a full day (be sure to split this into portions based on how many meals you give per day).
You might want to check your math. The max food suggested should be no more than 5.7 cups.
It gets an extra 5.5 cups just for 14 lbs? If 6 cups for 100 lbs. Seems like a lot extra.
I have a 4 month old puppy. She is use to being fed all day. I know this is wrong. I seen the quanity your suppose to give her. But I feel she needs the vitamins. Its going to be hard to stop filling her bowl . She is a shepard/Terrier mix. A lot of energy
I hope you stopped feeding her all day. She doesnt need all the protein or vitamins you were giving her. Just use puppy food, look at the bag and see how much you should be feeding her. At the time you posted this you were supposed to be feeding her 3 times a day. Not sure how much but the bag will state the amount. And go to your vet if you have questions.
I have. 3 month Boston Terrier who is very picky with her kibble. Was soaking it in water and mixing canned puppy food. The Vet said hard kibble is better for teeth. She was on Diamond at the breeder? But would not touch it for me. I have Iams puppy and sometimes will eat and other times not. I have retried Diamond and sometimes eats it and then not. She also hates bowls , but ate it when food was wet. Royal canin has a pPug food but is not AAFCO endorsed. Any suggestions. She weighs 9.38.
I have two chihuahua Maltese puppies and they are 14 weeks old and about 3-4 pounds. I am only feeding them twice daily about 1/4 cup each of either dry puppy food or an occasion chicken/sweet potatoe/rice mix. I’ve found this eating schedule works great with their needs to go potty! Are they getting enough food for their growth?
U actually need to feed them 4 times a day because they are small so they need third nutrition till they are 6months old u feed them twice a day
Pat Allen-chilman
Hi had my 4 mths old shihpoo weighed and she was 3.3 is that kg if so is that a good weight. Thank u.
We just rescued a 8 year old 74lb female Husky.We have offered her several different types of dry and wet dog food including the dog food she came with. The only thing i can get her to eat is i mix cooked rice , carrots and debone chicken 1/4 together and puree it. How much of this mixture should i feed her a day?
My Italian mastiff puppy is now 70lbs and just turned 5 months old 3 days ago. I’ve been feeding him approx 2 cups 3 times a day. He doesn’t always eat it all but many days he does. I think this is in line with your chart. Thanks for the article.
I have a German Shepherd mix with Husky she is about 3 1/2 months old and weights about 20 pounds; she always seem to be hungry I can’t leave any food on the table or counter the vet said, she is growing how much is enough
I have two 4 month old golden retrievers…I am giving them each a cup of puppy food with apples, bananas and frozen veggies…is that too much food? They always seem hungry
I have a 4 mo. Old lab ,and I guess I have been over feeding her cause she is 31 lbs and I feed her 4 cups a day and she still acts like she is starving.
Josephine Vera
I have a 4 month old lab mix (rescue). She is 20 lbs and is getting 3 cups a day mixed with wet food. She always is asking for more and I feel bad but according to this chart I am definitely overfeeding her!
I have a 2 year old toy poodle, how much and how often should I feed her?
What is up with all these people asking how much to feed. That’s what the chart above is suppose to be for. Just read it!
Walter Grogan
I can’t understand why people even ask the same question over and over again after having scrolled past not just the chart but the table as well.. I’d pull my hair out trying to keep from yelling at them .. it’s amazing the dogs are more intelligent than their owners !
The chart is hard to go by. My puppy is nearly 30 pounds and I was told you should be able to feel her ribs but not see them. I tried adding a fourth meal but that wasn’t enough, so I am giving her more for each meal, and the ribs are still sticking out. She is now eating well over four cups a day.
Have you had her checked for worms or parasites? That can be a culprit.
hi I recently purchased an 8 month old beagle. the breeder was feeding her on arkwrights dog food for adults. to avoid tummy issues ive got her the same food but not sure how much to feed her, cant find the info on the internet anywhere. does anyone have any ideas? is 8 months old too early to be on adult dog food? should I slowly transition her to junior food instead?
stanley bytheway
Have a 4.5 month jack great friends with our 1year 2months old beshon what should we feed her on
I have an 8.8 lb toy poodle who, for the past three days, does not want to eat. We went to the vet and she said, she had a slight temp (104) so we are giving him antibiotics and ibuprofen for two weeks. He is active and happy. He drinks his water. He is regular but just not eating. He eats treats and his greenies. His vet is suggesting a blood work done because looking at my dog, the vet said he looked ok. No vomiting or diarrhea.
You probably shouldn’t be giving the dog ibuprofen unless specifically prescribed by the vet. It can be toxic to dogs except when given in very small doses. Also, make sure you aren’t “claiming” the food by accident, meaning you don’t handle or play in it to encourage the puppy to eat. I would suggest putting the food in a private place where puppy can disappear and eat alone where the pack leader (you) isn’t watching.
Greenies cause many problems! Just google these issues. I would never give greenies to my dogs. Also reduce the amount of treats and use kibble from his next meal for treats.
I have a 14 week old 15lb Schnauzer mix that I have been feeding 1-1/2 cups per day. Split into 1/4 in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon to help with crate training, and another 1/4 for treat training or a treat ball. The chart says that’s enough food but he will is constantly searching for dropped food and will drink all of his water and anything he can find in a puddle, potted plant, or even dew off the grass. What gives?
My dog was doing this as well. Never enough to eat and forever thirsty. Low thyroid
My puppy is a 6 week old, about a pound chiweenie, we’ve had her for 2 days. How much do I feed her? Her poop was mushy and stinky when we got her. We skipped a dinner to stiffen up her stool, now it’s normal and her appetite is great. Also she’s an only child at the moment, when me and my mom are away, how do I make her less lonely? (We are away 4 hours tops at a time)
Hi, I have a 5 month old Labrador mix with stafford shire. I feed him twice a day 2 cups at a time. And he eats the rest of the food my Pomeranian leaves behind. He still seems hungry. Is it normal to eat that much in a day and still be hungry. ?
Johnny my experience with Labradors — mix and purebred— is that they always seem hungry! They are very motivated by food (there’s good articles about the science behind it if you google it ๐Ÿ™‚ but also I suggest feeding him 3x day at just five months old to help him balance out his blood sugar. Some sites suggest switching to 2x day at 6 months old but for my labs, I kept it 3x day until close to a year. As our vet said, “how ravenous would you feel at meal time if you ate just twice a day?” Enjoy that sweet puppy labs are such a JOY
Rhonda Sells
What can I do About my puppy passing gas? It’s horrible
Take it out to poop
How do I determine amount of food to feed my 115 lbs Cane Corso. She is 5 1/2 years old
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Dmitry, per the food chart above, a dog who is 5 and a half and weights 115 pound should eat 4 to 6 cups of food per day. Hope that helps!
i have a 2 months old labrador how many times i need to feed him daily.
We have a 9 mo old Westie. Is the
Chart the same for wet food as dry food and is one better than the other for puppies?
I have a one pound puppy . How much food should she get daily?
My puppy is 5 1/2 months. I switched her feeding schedule from 1 cup 3× day to 2 cup 2x day. Could this cause diarrhea
2 cups… What sort of measurement is that should be in weight how big a cup supposed to be I’ve seen many different size cups not helpful at all
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Lewis, the cup is a pretty standard measuring unit. In the U.S., the legal cup size for nutrition labelling is defined as 240 mL. Hope that helps!
Cesar Barragan
I have a Gerberian Shepsky, he is 6 weeks and 11 pounds how much should I feed him ?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Cesar, please refer to the chart above. Based on the current weight, he should have around one to one and a half cups per day. Hope that helps and congrats on the new puppy!
I have a morkie puppy that weighs 3lbs that is 11 weeks old. How much should I feed him per day?
Mario Belfort
Churri is a mix of German shepherd and Dogo Argentino. He is 6 months old and weighs 80 Lb. How much will he weigh when is an adult? Thank you.
We adopted our 8-week-old chiweenie yesterday. He is the cutest! I’m not sure of his weight, I will weigh him this evening. However, he is definitely less than 5 pounds. With his feeding last night, and then this morning, he ate maybe a couple tablespoons but seemed satisfied afterwards. The funny thing is he wants to sit on my lap while he eats! Thank you for this article–very easy to understand! ๐Ÿ™‚
Aww Chiweenies are the cutest!
It sounds like he is eating enough to satisfy his hunger. I would advise against getting your puppy into the habit of eating in your lap – as an occasional treat or as he is so young and might want help to settle into his new home, its fine. But getting a puppy used to eating independently in a designated space for eating is usually the best way.
Deana Strasser
How many cups of puppy food should a 9 month old great pyrenes/Newfoundland get per day?
I have a 5 month old puppy, Indian breed. i dont understand how many times should i feed her. I give her milk in the morning, rice and egg in lunch and pedigree or rice and curd dinner. And the most major problem is she bites a lot, its really painfull and my hands are full of scratches. Please suggest something
Puppies at 5-months-old tend to bite in play.
An effective way to stop this behaviour is to fold your arms and turn your back to her when she gets too rough. The logic behind this action is that you are teaching her when she does a particular action i.e. mouthing, she will get no attention, effection and play-time is over.

It will take her some to learn but it is worth trying. As soon as she mouths your hand, you pull your arms and cross them then say NO and turn your back. Do not give her more effection or attention until she has calmed down and then repeat the process as necessary.

I would also advise you cut back on carbs i.e. rice at lunch. And milk is also not suggested for a dogs diet (unless it is especially formulated puppy milk).

Angela Robinson
When she bites you, grab her snout closed and put enough pressure just to make it a little uncomfortable and she will stop biting you. Only let her bite her toys while playing with her never your hands. That’s what worked for me. My vet suggested it.
My husband and I just got a collie mix puppy 4 days ago. Shes 9 weeks old and has been vomiting right after eating anything since we got her.We have been to the vet twice and are battling round worms, but even with worm meds and 2 sets of shots to help with vomiting, shes still unable to keep food down once the shots wear off. She has an appetite and wants to eat… She just cant keep anything down. I wish I knew what to do for her!
My puppy had the same problem when we got him. He was 8 weeks and it was only recently we found out he had a condition called megaesophagus after trailing different types of food thinking he had sensitive stomach. He is 7 months now. He now has to sit upright while eating and stay upright after meals. His regurgitation and vomiting has improved a lot. You should contact your vet to rule out megaesophagus. Good luck
I have a 1 1/2 month baby Pitbull how much food should I feed him?
I have a 13 week old pitbull named diesel I was wondering if I’m feeding him enough he eats 2-3 times a day (cup in a half) he’s not a very good eater but weighs 33.5 pounds
Our recently adopted Black Lab/Australian Shepherd mix is now 5 months. I would like to start making homemade food for “Duke” but am nervous about him getting proper nutrients. Do I need to add supplements? Should I wait until he is 12 months old to take him off kibble?
Hi, I just got a 3 month old Golden Retriever that was staying in the garage before and is having a hard time getting used to the new environment and living in an apartment, I was wondering how much food should I give her as she’s often looking for food.. also she has some accidents in the house.. but I just got her a couple of days ago so I guess she’s just getting used to the stay here.

Thank you for your article it’s really helpful and I would appreciate any tips that could help me out. She’s my first puppy. Her name is Naira

Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Gosia,
Congrats on adopting Naira! We know she will be a great addition to your family once she adjusts to her new home. For Golden Retriever puppies, it is recommended to feed them about 3 cups of food a day (2x/day of 1.5 cups each or 3x/day of 1 cup each) but you should probably check with your vet to be sure. Happy wags to you both!
Is two cups of puppy food a day too much for a 9 week Lab too much.
Morgan Allen
I’m confused on how much food I should be feeding my puppy. The chart on the back of the food bag, do i go according to puppy at adult weight or how much it weighs now??
Virginia Francione
I have a 13 1/2 week old puppy that weighs 5 lbs. I have bought 3 different puppy food and he won’t eat it. He may eat 3 pieces and that’s it. I gave him some Schroeder chicken breast and food vet gave me for him. He eats chicken but nothing else. Any ideas
Hopefully by now he’s eating better. My pup went off her food this week because she has shed so many baby teeth at once that she can’t cure her kibble! She was even having a hard time gumming a hot dog. I offered her a can of food, and the poor thing lapped it up and begged for more. Something to be alert to.
Corrine Lopez
My puppy is 6wks 8lbs and our puppy food chart indicates 1 2/3 daily. Sorry but my math is bad, i Googled 1 2/3 ÷ 3 and got 0.556. what is that
Elian Lopez
Hello My name is Elian and I have a 11 week German shepherd mixed with a husky puppy and he weighs 15 pounds I just wanted to know how many cups of food should I feed him three times a day
hi Kimberly, i have a 9 week old mini foxie x jack russell, im confused ,am i suposed to feed her dry food , wet food and the puppy milk i feed her in the morning and in the afternoon after what i have been reading god i hope that haven’t been starving her, cheers fiona
Terica Davis
I have a puppy that I rescued from the shelter. He is almost three months old and weighs about 6 lbs. How much should he eat a day? He seems hungry all the time. He is really active and they said he was a Chihuahua mix.
Please remove these infographics listing how many cups to feed! With the huge variety of quality and calorie content, this could really mess up a lot of puppies! Diets should be determined by calculating calories per cup and figuring volume by calories needed. I know your text says something almost like that, but most people are just going to look at the chart.
Mayank Srivastava
Good Morning..
I am Mayank Srivastava from India. I have a German Shepherd male puppy of 4.5 month. I was told that ideally I should feed my puppy 3 times (morning, afternoon and night) a day (and daily total quantity should be 400 gm of dry dog food). I am feeding him the prescribed quantity (400 gm of dog food) in 2 meals (morning and night).
My query is what are the impact of this routine of 2 meals a day on the growth and development of my dog as compared to feeding same quantity in three meals.
sharon griffin
Help all the ideas on feeding even vets saying dont feed anymore. I have a bodrtcollie mix I feed 1 cup puppy food nutro brand @ 1/4 nuto puppy wet then 5 oo clock same..
Then 9 oo clock pm she wants more food . I have a 3 month husky mix feed him
1 3/4 dry @ 1/4 wet twice a day . They both act lilke their starving around 9, 3o clock.
Driving me crazy. so WHAT TO do.
My cousin just got a puppy last night. He’s so cute! She asked me how often do you feed a puppy and I had no idea. We Googled it and fortunately this article helped us tremendously! Thanks so much for the help ๐Ÿ™‚
I have a 16 week old Poodle / Old English Sheepdog mix, he’s about 18 pounds. Sometimes I feel like I’m not feeding him enough, he’s not a chow hound, he won’t eat if he’s not hungry. The chart says about 1.5 cups a day and I give him a little less than a cup in the morning then again for dinner. I use a half cup measuring cup. Sometimes he stares at me until I give him more food, (he doesnt bark unless he really feels like it) so I’m not sure maybe he needs more…? Sorry that was a rant
Micaela Ynostrosa
Hi, New to this cite. I have a rescue pet and he is a mix, maybe terrier Rat and jack russell. He weighs 9 pounds and is full of energy and he bark talks to me. He and I can’t go to training because I’m having a small procedure next week. I walk him twice a day when the heat is not to unbearable. I play a lot with him in the house with his toys. I have an older dog and Oakely the 5 month old plays with him when the older dog lets him. I am going to start feeding at 7 noon and 5 pm. Great idea on this cite. He is so precious. Next month he will get his neutering. I am brushing his teeth with baking soda and salt per vet. I don’t know what he wants sometimes when he’s gone out and had food and he still bark talks to me. Help.
First time foster mom, has been 20 yrs since i had a puppy. 1st week has been haphazard as they are generally nipping at my ankles, but have typically been doing twice a day and probably overfeeding a bit. Had asked shelter but didn’t get response. Assume this rule goes same for soft and dry? Soaking dry (handful) in milk replacement, adding soft to top (1/6 of can), to hide antibiotic and liquid meds.
Are you able to give guidance on how much homecooked food to feed? I am starting to homecook for my dogs. One is a 70lb hound mix who is 1, one is a great dane who is 6 mos (right now 80 lbs) and one is a 6 year old shepherd mix who weighs 105.
I can’t afford to purchase high quality food while she is getting all her routine medical care required as that is very expensive including flea and tick prevention.. she is almost 5 months old and she will be getting her last set of shots at 5 mos and then will be due for her heart work blood test.. I also got her spayed so I will be invested about $1000 which includes the cost I paid for her… plus she is eating 2 cups of food twice a day as what is recommended doesn’t seem like it would be enough to satisfy her hunger… I only feed her twice a day to help reduce the amount of times she will have to deficate so she isn’t having accidents in the house or her kennel while I’m at work even though she still does at times!
Thank you for the feeding information. I have a standard poodle who has severe food allergies, and finding the correct caloric intake has been difficult.
In cooking your recipes using the crock pot, do I have to par cook the rice or veggies?
Traci Smith
Hi, my 6 month old poodle was found to be allergic to corn, eggs, chicken, turkey, soy beans and white potato. This is of course a nightmare when trying to find a food she can eat. I do want to start making her food. I see the feeding chart, but I am wondering if there is a suggested calorie amount. I assume the chart is for dry dog food and not home cooked meals that I would like to make for her, is that correct?

Thank you!

Jennifer Roberts
Hi, did you get allergy testing.i feed my dog limited ingredient dog food duck and potato and it seems to help.i think he has an egg allergy.i notice a lot of poodles have food ellergies.must be a breed thing
Thanks for the info! I love the chart too, very helpful! At what point should you switch from three meals to two a day? My puppy is about 9 months old now and still has 3 meals daily but he’s getting quite large and don’t want him to get too fat from over feeding.