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!

What Can Puppies Eat?

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.

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.

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 to adjust. The video from Petcurean below is a useful resource for this.

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).

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.

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?

Disclaimer: The information provided through this website should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.
Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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LORI LUEDECKE
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!
Gloria
where are these puppies? I am in KS. text me at 3166481258 or send e=mail.
Jackie
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
Mireille
8 weeks border collie female. How many cups per day please. Thank you.
Kelly
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
Lori
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).
Julie
You might want to check your math. The max food suggested should be no more than 5.7 cups.
Dar
It gets an extra 5.5 cups just for 14 lbs? If 6 cups for 100 lbs. Seems like a lot extra.
Jean
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
LINDA HUEBNER
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.
Jessica
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?
AJwan
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.
chris
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?
Gwynn
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.
Dianne
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
Mary
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
SueG
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.
Faye
I have a 2 year old toy poodle, how much and how often should I feed her?
Dar
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 !
Jen
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.
Elizabeth
Have you had her checked for worms or parasites? That can be a culprit.
donna
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
Evelyn
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.
Tasha
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.
Charlotte1111
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.
Lycan66
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?
Dar
My dog was doing this as well. Never enough to eat and forever thirsty. Low thyroid
Miranda
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)
Johnny
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. ?
Christine
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 🙂 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
Tom
Take it out to poop
Dmitry
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!