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PostSubject: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:26 pm

I've had my puppy for 2 months now, he is 4 months old. He weighs around 27 pounds, is that big for a 4 month old? From other threads it seems to be. He eats 1.5 cups 3x a day, we started off feeding him less but he would always act hungry and go for his bowl and bag of food. He doesn't look fat at all I don't think. It's hard to measure him, but he's around 17 inches from his neck to the start of his tail and from that same point on his neck to the ground when on all fours. Is this big? And is it due to overeating?
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:35 pm

I wouldn't worry too much about weight when they are this young. Dogs, like human children, grow at different rates, and there's also breeding and genetics that play a part on how tall, big, and long they will be when full grown. As long as he is eating well, keeping weight on, and growing, I'm sure he's just fine Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:38 pm

My puppy is 3 and a half months old and is 31 pounds! like hypers987 said, it is a good thing that your puppy is putting on weight Smile as long as you are exercising him at least an hour a day, should be fine!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:15 pm

Make sure your puppy has a waist line and palpable ribs. Dogs are opportunistic feeders so 'acting' hungry or searching out scraps is not abnormal nor is it a true indicator of hunger. But it does concern me some that your 4 month old puppy is eating almost double what my 8 month old girls do-
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:22 pm

Lucian at 5 months old gets fed 1 cup of food, 3 times a day. He's 40lbs. He was around 30lbs at 4 months old. Lucian is not overweight by any means. If he starts to look plump, cut his food down a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:41 pm

Meeko gets 1 cup three times daily as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:48 pm

I never went over 3 cups a day with Cato - do you have any pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:18 pm

Yuki is only getting about 2 cups a day at 6 months.. :3
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:42 pm

@HuskyMom09 wrote:
Make sure your puppy has a waist line and palpable ribs. Dogs are opportunistic feeders so 'acting' hungry or searching out scraps is not abnormal nor is it a true indicator of hunger. But it does concern me some that your 4 month old puppy is eating almost double what my 8 month old girls do-

They do eat less the older they get
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:45 pm

My 8 month girl is also getting fed a substantial amount less then your 4 month old..
While it is very good that your pup is eating and putting weight on, I would also be interested in seeing a picture. Has your pup been to the vet lately? Have they said anything about his weight?
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:39 am

@Husky mum wrote:
@HuskyMom09 wrote:
Make sure your puppy has a waist line and palpable ribs. Dogs are opportunistic feeders so 'acting' hungry or searching out scraps is not abnormal nor is it a true indicator of hunger. But it does concern me some that your 4 month old puppy is eating almost double what my 8 month old girls do-

They do eat less the older they get

Lani has working dogs though - who have to eat quite a bit to maintain weight.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:42 am

@Husky mum wrote:
@HuskyMom09 wrote:
Make sure your puppy has a waist line and palpable ribs. Dogs are opportunistic feeders so 'acting' hungry or searching out scraps is not abnormal nor is it a true indicator of hunger. But it does concern me some that your 4 month old puppy is eating almost double what my 8 month old girls do-

They do eat less the older they get

None of mine have ever breached 3-4 cups as puppies which is the reason of my concern. Even my working dogs are yet to be at 4 cups even with extensive training.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:16 am

Kale ate 3.5 cups a day roughly on high quality kibble... He was never overweight and ended up thinning out at about 5-6 months and that's when he started to eat less. He ended up being a bigger Sibe at 60Ibs and 25in at the shoulders. Just looked it up, Kale was 34.7 pounds at 4 months.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:19 am

I think it will just be much easier to tell if we had a picture Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:42 pm

It can be a little difficult to get him to stand still but this is the best I could do.




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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:44 pm

He looks perfect to me! But holy crap he looks like my Koda as a pup! Even his mask!
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:45 pm

Looks like a happy healthy puppy to me lol when he hits about 5.5-6 months you can start decreasing his food intake slightly Smile he's gorgeous BTW!!
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:07 pm

He must just be a garbage disposal!!! He is beautiful Smile. Just remember you should be able to see the outline of his ribs! If it gets to the point where you can't just decrease his food. I have that problem with Kennedy, it's been extremely difficult finding a balance between how much food she needs and how much food she wants.
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:19 pm

Outline of ribs at 4 months? Shocked lol None of my pups have ever been that lean that young; a visible waist is more of something you should be looking for IMO. I wouldn't worry too much about that until he gets a little older. Usually puppies carry a little extra weight because they're growing, not all, but most, and there's nothing wrong with that. Like I said above, he'll thin out when he starts his next growth spurt. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Am I feeding my puppy too much?   Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:38 pm

Both mine get 2 cups of food TOTAL per day. Nikko’s food is split into 2 meals, and Yukon gets his split into 4 meals. Yukon always acts hungry too.

At 4 months old Nikko weighed 35lbs, and Yukon was 25lbs at 4 months of age, so weight can be much different. Nikko is more tall and lankly, while Yukon is more stocky.
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