We all want to spoil our dogs and give them everything they deserve. In the food aspect, for example, no pet-parent would want their furballs to get hungry. However, we can’t just give them as much food as we want to. There should be a certain limit to their food intake. Learning how much should you feed your dog is a fundamental knowledge you need to know.
Dog food calculator
To know how much raw dog food is safe for your average dog, simply multiply 1% of his body weight by 2.5. Let’s take an 8kg average adult dog for example. 1% of his body weight is 80g. Multiply 80g by 2.5 and you’ll get 200g. That means you should feed your 8kg-dog around 200g of raw dog food a day.
Note: That’s just an approximate amount and there are other factors involved if you want it to be more precise. But overall, that formula leads to an average amount that’s enough for your dog not to starve.
Dog food chart
If you don’t like math, you can directly refer to the chart below. What’s left for you to do is to know your dog’s weight.
Adult Weight in kg
Food Intake per Day in g
General dog food guidelines
- For starters, dogs should be fed twice a day, with the portion requirement evenly distributed. While there are other factors involved (in the next bullet), feeding your beloved dog twice a day is a good place to start.
- Some dogs need more or less food than the average required. Take note of the breed, size, age, and energy level of your dog. They are required to know how much and how often they need to eat.
- Dry food and wet canned food are present in most households. However, fresh dog food is increasingly becoming more popular.
How much should I feed my active dog?
Active dogs need more food to metabolize because they require more energy in the first place due to being active. Active dogs include those who like play a lot and run in your backyard – those that are almost always on the move. You have two choices:
- Feed your dog with higher calories. You don’t have to worry about your dog getting overweight. As long as he’s active, he’ll just burn those calories and convert them to energy. Only when the calories are unused, will they turn into fat.
- Feed your dog a little more food. If your little furball is really active, try increasing his food intake into at least 3% of his body weight.
How much should should I feed my inactive dog?
Dogs that aren’t active enough need fewer calories but doesn’t mean they require less food. Inactive dogs are usually characterized by apparent laziness, don’t play a lot, and tend to stay in one place for longer. For your not so-active furball, you can either:
- Simply serve him with a normal size meal (see charts above) but you have to make sure the meals are lean and low on calories. This includes fish, turkey, chicken, and other white meats. Refrain from giving him fatty read meat.
- If you think your dog’s at risk of being overweight, you can try feeding him with less food. Start with 2.2% of his body weight (slightly lower than the average 2.5% in the chart above).
How much should I feed my puppy?
Puppies are a different story. They require a lot more food than the average body weight percentage. For starters, know that a puppy’s mouth is smaller than an adult, so giving him an adult food like large kibbles could be dangerous. Otherwise, you’ll damage not just his jaws and teeth, but also his overall health.
- Take note of the following tips for feeding your puppy:
- Give them more protein as they need it to grow
- Carbs and micronutrients are also a plus
- High amount of calories are also advisable
- Make sure to only purchase high-quality puppy food
- No need to worry for a 6-8-weeks-old puppy as the mother will provide him the nutrients needed
- You can start to introduce food to a 4-6-weeks-old puppy while simultaneously allowing the mother to give him milk
- Always consult a vet
Puppy food chart
Puppy Weight in lb
Cups of food per day
1 ¼ - 1 ¾
2 ¼ - 3
3 - 4
3 2/3 – 5
4 ¼ - 6
Note: No online advice beats professional diagnosis. This site is not intended to replace the statements of an actual professional. Always go to your local vet for the best dog care and advice.
More factors in a dog's diet
1. Medical needs
The general rule (as stated just above), is to feed your dog at least twice a day. However, dogs with specific dietary needs or medical issues may need some restrictions on what they eat and must have special feeding schedules. Know the healthcare requirements of your dog by visiting a local vet.
The breed is also a large factor in the quantity of food required for a dog. Large breed dogs obviously need more feedings than the small breeds. You can always give them as much food as you can but keeping them healthy and fit is the tricky part. That’s why you need to know how much to feed them on average.
Caring for a dog is almost similar to welcoming an actual human in your household. Dogs aren’t just for display, or for social media – they are living beings deserving of the best care. Nothing shows your love more than by giving your dog the best food. As a responsible pet-parent, start by familiarizing and practicing how much food you should feed your dog.