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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Source: CanineJournal.com

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?

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

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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?
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
Dmitry
How do I determine amount of food to feed my 115 lbs Cane Corso. She is 5 1/2 years old
Sadie Cornelius
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!
elena
i have a 2 months old labrador how many times i need to feed him daily.
April
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?
Brenda
I have a one pound puppy . How much food should she get daily?
jeni
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
Lewis
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
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
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!
rhondajcarter
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.
Holly
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! 🙂
Cujo
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?
Saranya
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
Cujo
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!
Tash
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
Jorge
I have a 1 1/2 month baby Pitbull how much food should I feed him?
Jennifer
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
Yvonne
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?
Gosia
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
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!
Lynn
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
Susan
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!

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