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Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008, 11:41 am
kungpaokitten: How much?

We've just welcomed an 8 week old Weim into our home and we are wondering how much he should be eating? He is on good quality (Royal Canin) large breed puppy dog food, but he always seems hungry. How much should he be getting in a day? Thanks!

Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
riesiel

According to the Royal Canin website it looks like you should be feeding him Maxi Babydog 30, and should be feeding him 2 3/4 cups to 3 cups daily. How much are you currently feeding him? Also what kind of stock does he come from? If he is from hunting stock there is a good chance that he will get over 70 lbs, if he is show stock then he will probably stay around the 70 lbs range. Also how are you feeding him? Are you feeding him once a day or twice a day?

Edited at 2008-06-23 08:50 pm (UTC)

Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
kungpaokitten

We are feeding him the maxi large breed puppy 32. We did see the baby dog formula at the store but they both say "from weaning to___" on them so after comparing ingredients and gauging another food transition we just went with the large breed puppy formula.
We feed him about 1/2 cups about 6-7 times a day because they said to feed him in small portions throughout the day but he just still seems so hungry.
Both his parents were hunting dogs.
Should we change to the baby dog formula and up the intake? Up the intake of the large breed puppy, or is he alright do you think?

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
riesiel

According to the website the baby dog formula is for weaning to about 5 months, your dog is currently 2 months. I don't actually use Royal Canin so I don't know if sticking to their recommendations is important or not. There is a chance that your dog will get bigger than the 70 lbs that a full grown male weimy is said to get to. Ours is currently 120 lbs (he is a little over weight but he is also about 4 inches above standard), however, our female is about 60 lbs, but she is not yet 1 year. How does your puppy eat? Does he scarf it all down at once or does he make the food last for awhile? Our male eats all his food all at once, but our female eats a bite here and a bite there. When we got our dogs we fed them twice a day, still do, once in the morning and once at night. I don't know if that is what you should do or not. If the breeder recommended that you feed the puppy throughout the day then I would do that. If you are feeding about 1/2 cup 6 to 7 times a day then that means you are currently feeding him 3 to 3 1/2 cups a day, which is about right if not slightly over the amount he should be getting. Try adding a little milk to the food to see if it helps fill him up a little more, but otherwise it sounds like you are giving him enough food. As long as his little tum tum is looking full he should be good.

At least yours is eating though, we have had lots of problems getting our little girl to eat, she got so skinny because she just wouldn't eat, we finally found a combination that she liked and were so happy when she would get a fat little tummy.

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
kungpaokitten

The breeders had them on a lower quality food so I was sort of at a loss really. The Boy scarfs his food down really fast. I'll check with the vet later in the week and just keep him on this for now. Thanks for your advice!

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
sign4life

Icon love!
We have two weims also.
Is one a blue?!

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
riesiel

Hehe, yes, the blue is my little girl, in that picture she is actually laying on my male's back eating a chewie while he chews on his own. They are so much fun.

Edited at 2008-06-24 02:03 pm (UTC)

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
sign4life

We have a blue girl Winnie from rescue(1 year) and a graqy boy Wedge(1 year)from a breeder.
:)

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
riesiel

My little girl is Faolan (almost 1 year old) and my big gray boy is Ronan (5 years old), I got both of them from breeders.

Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
sign4life

Check with your vet, and or breeder.
I agree with riesiel too the web site should tell you.

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
kungpaokitten

Will definitely check with the vet later in the week.
The breeder had them on a lower quality of food so it was sort of confusing. Thanks.

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
eydimork

It's probably not the answer you want, but it's an honest one:

You should be feeding him enough.

Recommendations, whatever anyone tells you is good enough, are just recommendations that take no account of your individual's needs. If I followed those, my dog would've starved as a puppy. He ate twice the recommended amount and for a time when he was about six months we fed him ad fed him and fed him and he still looked like this:



Basically, what you do is, give him the recommended amount. Check his progress at least weekly. Is he getting pudgy? He shouldn't. Is his ribcage showing? Young dogs should be lean to grow at a good rate and not hurt themselves, but if the ribcage or hips are constantly showing, increase the food amount.

With our two year old, we don't even have a standard amount. If we've worked hard, he gets more food to compensate. If he's been lounging all day, he gets another amount completely. You'll get to know your dog in due time.

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
kungpaokitten

This is so helpful. Thank you.
Your dog is such a handsome fella!

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
halloqween

You have a lot of good advice here. Congrats on your new edition!
Our dog acts hungry and malnourished no matter how much we feed him. Weims are a breed that tend to become obese according to my vet, so be careful. Ours is 7 years old and looks good now. He went through a tubby stage (almost 100 lbs) and we had a trainer that got him down to 70. I've seen a lot of fat Weims, so I hope you find what works! Good luck!