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Feeding and Weight Issues With Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Tags: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Diet, Behavior, Feeding

Teacup Welsh Corgi - Darrin



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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Like any other do the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is always interested in food and will eat until he or she is sick if you will let them. Just like human beings dogs need a regular and healthy diet if they are to remain fit and agile. Overfeeding is a common problem with an increasing number of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and you will not be doing your dog any favors if you allow them to become overweight.

Given enough encouragement a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can become either a greedy or a fussy eater. Neither of these conditions is good for the dog or for the owner, so try to be sensible when it comes to feeding and ensure that your dog is getting the correct nutrition for his size and breed. It is always a good idea to ask the breeder about feeding and supplements when you purchase your dog. Ideally the breeder should give you a diet sheet along with a sample of the food and vitamins that you should be feeding your puppy. It should also give you an outline of the best times to feed and how much each time.

When you buy a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from a registered breeder and you take it home it may not feel much like eating at first. Remember it has left its mother and it will take a little while for the puppy to get used to its new surroundings. If you are really worried then contact your breeder because they will know what will tempt your puppy while it is off its food. At around eight to twelve weeks your dog will need to be fed twice a day and this should continue until they are at least nine months old.

From a year old at the latest you should feed your dog once a day. Although with small breeds like the Cavalier King Charles breeders may recommend that you split that meal in two and give it to them at different times. Don't feed your dog too many tidbits or it will put on weight and this could lead to health problems. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in particular are prone to heart troubles. Overfeeding that leads to too much weight will just put a strain on your dog's heart and it will also slow him or her down and make them feel uncomfortable. The problem is that if they get used to too many tidbits they will keep on begging for more. Then you will have the job of reeducating them to expect less and to eat at certain times.

If you take notice of what your breeder tells you and feed your dog sensibly then you should be able to avoid the above problems. Over feeding your dog is not the best way of showing that you care for it.

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