The amount of food you give your dog will vary throughout your life. As a puppy, needs lots of food to promote healthy growth. As an adult, you need to keep your energy levels. The weight of your dog is the starting point for knowing how much food to give.
Puppies and growing dogs
Puppies need a lot of food to grow. During the first eight weeks of life, should be taken from the breast of their mothers whenever they want. After the first four weeks, however, you can start giving them small amounts of dry food mixed with water to ease the transition when the mother does not produce milk.
After eight weeks, the puppy go eat twice a day. Choose a food that has a good balance of protein, calcium and other nutrients. You can determine if the food is good reviewing the package. A good indicator is that meat is the main ingredient. Feed the growing puppy twice a day during the first year. Then small breeds should be fed once a day and can start eating adult food. The large breed puppy food can be consumed twice a day until their second birthday. Ask the vet about this feeding scheme.
Adult dogs do not need as much food as puppies. According to Ron Hines veterinarian to buy food you should choose one that contains about 21% protein, 5% fat, 2.5% fiber, 8% ash. Give small breeds (up to 11 pounds or 5 kg) of 3 to 5 ounces per day (between 85 and 140 g). A dogs weighing between 11 and 22 pounds (5 to 10 kg), give 4 to 6 ounces (113-170 g). Dogs weighing between 22 and 55 pounds (10-25 kg) should eat 10 to 12 ounces per day (280-340 g). Races of between 55 and 77 pounds (25 to 35 kg) needed 16 to 18 ounces per day (450 to 500 g). Finally, for very large dogs over 77 lbs (35 kg), the amount of daily food should be between 24 and 30 ounces (680-850 g).
The amount of food you give your dog should not be based solely on your weight. You note how active. If you spend a lot of energy, you should eat a little more that an average dog. If your dog regularly eats leftovers or you give treats, give him a little less than the recommended amount of food.