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?

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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 overlook. 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 great resource for this.

Tell Us About Your Puppy!

We love hearing about our readers’ families growing! Congratulations on gaining a new family member. We’re so thrilled for you and would love to hear about your puppy’s quirks as well as any problems you may be having. Do you know how often to feed a puppy or how much should a puppy eat? Ask us if you need help. We’d love to help your family transition and aid with any adjustments needed.

What’s your puppy’s biggest issue at the moment?

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 adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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37 Comments on "How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy?"

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Lynn
Lynn

Is two cups of puppy food a day too much for a 9 week Lab too much.

Morgan Allen
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
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

Corrine Lopez
Corrine Lopez

Hi
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
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

fiona
fiona

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
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.

Mere
Mere

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
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
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.

Lynda
Lynda

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 🙂

Kate
Kate

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
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.

Liz

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.

Corey
Corey

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.

GLORI
GLORI

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!

Vicki
Vicki

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
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
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

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

That’s a great question Traci! Yes, the food chart is in regards to dry food and not home cooked food. We found an article that states dogs need about 30 calories per pound of body weight per date. So if your dog weighs 10 pounds, they need to eat around 300 calories per day, depending on activity level. However, this is a ballpark figure. We recommend trying this rule out and see how your dog reacts. Does she seem hungry still? Try upping the caloric intake. If she is gaining wait, consider decreasing the calories until you find the right balance. Let us know how this goes, we’d love to hear about your experience!

Traci Smith
Traci Smith

Thank you so much for your guidance! She currently weighs 40 pounds so I will go with your guidance and increase as she gains and with activity! So glad I found your website!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Glad we could help! Keep us updated on how it goes!

Irine
Irine

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.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

As long as you’re feeding him the full amount daily, you can switch whenever. So, if you’re feeding him 3 cups of food per day dividing into 3 servings, make sure you’re still feeding him 3 cups of food per day divided into 2 servings. You can talk to your vet about your dog’s weight and make sure he’s not getting too big.

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