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 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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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
Faye
I have a 2 year old toy poodle, how much and how often should I feed her?
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?
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
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.