There are a variety of factors to consider when trying to figure out an answer to the question of “how much food do I feed my puppy“?
In general, you want to take care to feed your puppy well so that its health and behavior both benefit. Simply put, feeding a puppy the wrong food can increase the likelihood that it might suffer from disease, infections or behavioral problems.
Before figuring out exactly what kind of food is best for your puppy you need to have some idea of how much food to feed a puppy and one of the most common ways to do this is with the use of a puppy feeding chart.
Puppy Feeding Chart Table
The table below is meant to give you a rough guide as to how much dry food to feed my puppy depending on its body weight. Additionally, you need to consider some other factors such as activity level but in general these guidelines should work well for most breeds. Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of a daily puppy feeding schedule since all puppies need a steady routine.
|Approximate Weight of Puppy||Estimated Cups of Food Per Day|
|2 lbs. or less||1/4 – 1/2|
|Between 3 lbs. to 6 lbs.||1/2 – 1/2|
|Between 7 lbs. to 10 lbs.||3/4 – 1|
|Between 11 lbs. to 20 lbs.||1 & 1/3 – 1 & 2/3|
|Between 21 lbs. to 30 lbs.||1 & 3/4 – 2 & 1/4|
|Between 31 lbs. to 40 lbs.||2 & 1/4 – 2 & 2/3|
|Between 41 lbs. to 50 lbs.||2 & 1/2 – 3|
|Between 51 lbs. to 60 lbs.||2 & 3/4 – 3 & 1/2|
|Between 61 lbs. to 70 lbs.||3 & 1/4 – 4 & 1/2|
|Between 71 lbs. to 80 lbs.||3 & 1/3 – 4 & 1/4|
|Between 81 lbs. to 90 lbs.||3 & 2/3 – 4 & 1/2|
|Between 91 lbs. to 100 lbs.||4 – 4 & 3/4|
|Between 101 lbs. to 120 lbs.||4 & 1/2 – 5 & 1/2|
|Between 121 lbs. to 140 lbs.||5 – 6|
Are Puppy Food Ratings Misleading?
Most people want to know the very best kind of food to feed their puppy and for good reason. The problem with puppy food ratings is that they don’t take into consideration the individual digestive characteristics of each dog.
The key is to focus on getting foods with high quality ingredients and then watching how your puppy behaves after eating them for some time. When you find the right food, getting your puppy to eat will be a snap.
What follows is a list of the main ingredients in most commercially available dog food (including adult dog food, canned food, etc.) and what you should consider when choosing a brand.
1. Protein. It is generally recommended that protein makes up about 25% of the ingredients in dog food. The three major types of proteins are meat, animal and vegetable. Meat protein usually consists of organ or muscle. Animal protein consists of other parts of an animal except for organs or muscles. Vegetable proteins are usually made with soy.
Most experts recommend minimizing the amount of vegetable protein in your puppy’s food and maximizing the amount of real meat products. Higher protein blends are usually the best puppy food for digestive problems.
2. Carbohydrates. Usually it’s recommended that carbohydrates make up about 40% of puppy food ingredients. Unfortunately, dogs are not well-suited to very high carbohydrate diets. The reason for this is the fact that puppies tend to gulp food were as humans chew it more thoroughly. Since the food reaches their stomach in a largely undigested state it can later cause bloating, gas and other digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation.
3. Fats. Fats will typically make up the remainder of most of the ingredients in dog food. It’s usually a good idea to avoid puppy food that gets its fats from lactose. Instead opt for fats that are derived from oils such as fish, canola, sunflower or even fats derived from meats like chicken.
Should You Feed Your Dog Homemade Puppy Food?
The short answer is yes, it’s acceptable to feed your puppy a homemade diet. The trick is to make sure that it mimics the balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats recommended above. In addition to being tricky to pull off it’s also a bit of a chore to remain consistent with over time due to the amount of shopping required. You’ll just have to try it for a while to see how it works out.
Understanding Puppy Food Allergies
Until very recently (post World War II) a dog’s diet essentially consisted of human leftovers. There wasn’t much variety there and oftentimes the ingredients were made up mostly of meat.
Today however there’s an almost bewildering variety of ingredients present in most puppy food. So, if you suspect you’re your pooch may be suffering and are wondering what the best dog food for allergies might be, the answer is that it really depends on your dog.
You are going to have to spend some time experimenting with new food and perhaps paying a visit to the veterinarian) to get some advice (or food specially designed for your puppy’s breed).
Some quick rules of thumb will suffice however.
- Avoid feeding your puppy dairy products since they can cause excessive gas and bloating. If your new puppy won’t eat, this could be a reason.
- Consider trying out a hypoallergenic dog food diet.
- Experiment with feeding your puppy simple fruits, vegetables or meat.
No matter whether or not you decide to go with commercially available puppy food or a homemade puppy food, the information above along with the handy puppy feeding chart should help you get a better handle on the answer to the question of “how much food do I feed my puppy?”