An adult dog will eat 2.5% of their body weight in raw dog food per day, with active dogs and pups eating much more…
Lets take a 7kg adult Westie as an example. 1% of his body weight is 70g. Multiply that by 2.5 and you get an approximate amount of 175g per day in raw dog food. Of course then it depends if you’re feeding a fatty or a lean meal etc, but he won’t starve on that.
For a more in depth figure you should check out our cool dog food calculator!
How much should I feed my dog if he’s inactive?
Inactive dogs need less calories, not necessarily less food. So you can go one of two way from this point. You can feed him less food (say 2.2 – 2.5% of his body weight per day) or you could feed him the same size meal as a normal dog but you need to make sure his meals are lean (use white meats like chicken / turkey / fish instead of fattier red meats). If he’s over weight check out our article on fat dogs!
How much should I feed my dog if he’s very active?
You need to feed active dogs a little more food (at least 3% of his body weight) or feed a higher calorie (fattier) meal! So opt for red meats over white!
How much should I feed my puppy?
Puppies eat a lot more in terms of a percentage of their body weight. To get an accurate figure you will need the weight of your pup AND the weight you expect him to be then go to our dog food calculator. In short the pup of a medium sized dog will be eating around 10% of his body weight at 2 months of age, 5% of his body weight by 6 months and 3% of his body weight by a year.
For more on feeding puppies raw dog food follow the link!
For more on feeding pregnant / lactating dogs, it’s here!