Amount to feed a puppy?

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Barked: Fri Aug 10, '12 8:00am PST 
How much and how often should you feed an 8-9 week old puppy (a corgi)?
Bruno CGC

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Barked: Fri Aug 10, '12 8:21am PST 
if you're feeding a commercial dry or wet food, check what it recommends on the label for her age and weight. It seems like they often recommend too much, but it's a decent starting point. I would feed a young pup three times per day- break up the recommended daily amount into three separate meals, and don't leave the food down all the time.

With short-legged breeds (like Corgies) it's important to keep them lean and muscular to reduce stress on their joints, since they already are at a disadvantage there (the same mutation that causes short legs also causes premature aging of the cartilage, plus their long, low, shape puts stress on the spine anyway.) So even as a pup, you should be able to easily feel the ribs and hip points (though not SEE them.) Feed the amount needed to keep your pup that way- adjust up or down as needed.

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Barked: Fri Aug 10, '12 8:24am PST 
A puppy that young should be fed 3-4 times a day. Iwould start with a cup of food divided into 4 meals and adjust according to how well the pup eats. I am used to large breed puppies so perhaps someone with experience with smaller breeds will be able to give you a better idea of the ammount.wishes


Do you even- lift?
Barked: Fri Aug 10, '12 2:42pm PST 
The amount will depend on what kibble/wet you're feeding. Generally, the higher the quality of the ingredients, the less the dog will need to eat.

Like Bruno said, start with the amount recommended on the bag and split it into three meals per day. If the pup starts getting chubby, slightly reduce the amount you're feeding. If you start to see ribs, slightly increase food intake.

Edited by author Fri Aug 10, '12 2:46pm PST