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how much to feed a dog?

is there a general rule of thumb for how much to feed a puppy/dog based on their weight?

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look on the bag its says it.

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Buy the 50 lb. bag of food, tear it open, and let them eat when they are hungry. Worked for this guy>>>>







My pit/lab is about 20-30 lbs and I feed her in the morning and at night, about half a gallon of dry.
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my min-pin weighs 14lbs i feed him one cup a day.. iams small dog formula.
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My bostons are 15 and 18 pounds and they have food down all day. They eat about 1.5 cups a day each. ~Mandy

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I free feed my dog and he's a tad under weight still. I'd recommend following the bag recommendations though.

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My beagle mix is 9 years old and people still think she's a puppy. Eats 1 1/3 cups per day of Eukanuba senior small-breed. Before she was 7 it was the same amount of just regular Eukanuba small breed.
She gets one treat in the morning if she poops. Other than that, very little "extra" stuff.
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my min-pin weighs 14lbs i feed him one cup a day.. iams small dog formula.

My min pins range from 6 -8 lbs...all get 1/3 cup (or less if they are looking chubby) pro plan chicken and rice 2x a day. The Dobes get about 2 - 3 cups of pro plan 2 x a day.

When they are puppies they eat more frequently. 4 x a day until about 6 months old, then 3 times a day. At a year we transition them to 2x a day.

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I only feed my dogs (Min Pin and Puggle) a raw food diet: Stella and Chewys. It's all meat. I feed per the bag recommendations for thier Ideal body weight.

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follow the bag recommendations then if you have any special needs(obese, underweight) you can adjust from there or consult the vet....diff foods have diff nutrional values, they have figured out how much each dog needs(based on weight)
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I would ask your vet how much they should be eating. Following what the bag recommends isn't the best idea because the manufacturer is more concerned about selling more food than what your dogs proper serving is. This holds true for most pets. Plus, all dogs and breeds are different and the recomendation on the back of the bag is a general guideline.
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well, my 14lbs min pin stands about 14 inches tall, so is that a normal weight to height ratio?
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well, my 14lbs min pin stands about 14 inches tall, so is that a normal weight to height ratio?

My brothers min pin went over sized and he is at least 14". I believe Chilly is around 12lbs...so you're probably right around where you should be. My others range from 11" to 11 1/2".

To determine if a dog is in correct weight you should look down on the dog from above, you want to see a slight indent at the waist. The dog should not look like a sausage. It is always best to keep a dog leaner rather than heavier...less stress on the back and joints.

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My 9 year old AmStaff has always been free fed Pro Plan since we got her at 5 months. Never an issue with being overweight or eating too much, but that will also depend on what breed you have.

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My 9 year old AmStaff has always been free fed Pro Plan since we got her at 5 months. Never an issue with being overweight or eating too much, but that will also depend on what breed you have.
lol yeah it isnt for every dog.....if i did that w my lab puppy she would be wayyyyyy overweight....i have to put a weight or box on top of her food container now otherwise she could get the lid open and chow down lol
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I just leave the food bowl full and mine eats when he wants. sometimes he'll finish teh bowl in one sitting and sometimes he only eats half. I fill it back up when it's empty and he only eats when he wants. If he eats it all right away I fill it and he leaves it alon untill the next day. He eats about 6-8 cups of Iam large breed a day and according to the vet he looks under fed but he won't gain anymore weight and he never losses any.
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Our Rot (female about 106 lbs) gets 4 cups of food a day (science diet adult maintenance). Two in the morning and two at night. If she has heavy activity days we will feed her another cup.
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My brothers min pin went over sized and he is at least 14". I believe Chilly is around 12lbs...so you're probably right around where you should be. My others range from 11" to 11 1/2".

To determine if a dog is in correct weight you should look down on the dog from above, you want to see a slight indent at the waist. The dog should not look like a sausage. It is always best to keep a dog leaner rather than heavier...less stress on the back and joints.

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My Min Pin is HUGE! 27 pounds and he only has 2 more pounds to loose to be an appropriate weight for his height. I know...HUGE! LOL

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We feed our mastiffs twice a day. They stop eating on their own, which is usually when they've eaten the bowl and halfway through the floor.
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