How much to feed per day is not an exact science – not for us and not for our animals. Many factors can impact on the amount such as age, weight, activity level, gender, etc.
As a general feeding guideline, adult dogs can be fed between 1 – 3% of their body weight per day. Large breeds require a lower percentage of their body weight per day than smaller breeds. More active dogs will need more food.
Puppies require more frequent feeding and a higher ratio of food per body weight – anywhere between 4 – 10% of body weight, depending on age. Pregnant females will need smaller, more frequent feedings after 5 weeks gestation.
The table below is a useful guide to get you started. Continue to monitor your dog’s condition and demeanour and adjust portion size up or down accordingly.
|SIZE||ESTIMATED WEIGHT||RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF RAW LOVE|
|Tiny||3kg – 6.5kg||100g – 300g per day|
|Small||7kg – 11kg||300g – 400g per day|
|Medium||12kg – 25kg||400g – 600g per day|
|Large||25kg – 45kg||600g – 1 kg per day|
|Very Large||> 45kg||1kg – 1.5kg per day|
|Puppies / kittens||4 – 10% of their body weight|
|Cats||2 – 4% of their body weight|