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.

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.

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?

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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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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.
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.
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?
Susan
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…
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
Wyman
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?
Merilee
Protein content
Lotte
Sounds horrible to use your dog for breeding. Shes not a baby and money factory you know
Adrian
Where is the dog supposed to breed? In the wild? They’re domesticated.
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
Lotte
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.
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.