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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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Skye
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
Ann
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
Andrea
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.
Mary
do puppies with lots energy become more irritable when hungry
AnMarie
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.
raz
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
Judy
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?

Tracy
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
Boris
I have a 6 week old American bully how much should I feed him
Suryaveer
I have a two month old German shepherd and rottweiler mix puppy, what should I feed and at what time.
Joanne
Feed the German Shepard a good quality puppy food. The Rottweiler should eat cats.
Cath
Laughed at “the Rottweiler should eat cats”
Tracy
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.
Raylee
Please relax. No harm was intended, just a bit of fun 🙂

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 ?
Kim
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.
Louise
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.
Carol
My 1 year old refuses to eat any dog food. Dry or canned.
Cbass
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
Divya
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..
Doug
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.
Anna
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.
Shanika
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.
mike
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
Barbara
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.
Samar
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?