Okay we all know (I think) that when you feed a quality food you feed less. Recently I was talking to a friend of mine, she has two lhasas, we have...two lhasas, two bichons and a pom....my "guys" all get 1/2 a cup per day each. None are under weight, in fact I think Sampson could lose a couple pounds. She's feeding her two lhasas each 3/4 of a cup a day. Quite a different right? We are both feeding natural balance potato and duck. The bag says 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup for this size breed, so obviously I am feeding the low end of the recommendation she the high. How much do you feed in comparison to what the bag says? How accurate do you think the bag guidlines are? Oh, one of her lhasas is 10 and couple lose a couple pounds (he's about the size of my Sampson who is just 1 1/2 years old) and her other lhasa is Piper's littermate/brother Piper now weighs 13 1/2 pounds. Jack, her brother 16 pounds.
My 24 pound cocker eats a cup a day of pretty much any higher end food. Some of them had higher feeding requirements than we needed. If the dogs slowly start to gain weight you need to cut back, or loose it you need to increase is all.
in general i find the recommendations on the bags to be too much food for the average dog. i think it is all individual and you need to adjust it according to how your dogs look.
my dogs are all weird with how much food they eat. i start out giving them 2 cups each morning. some days they finish that and want more. other days they dont eat all of the original 2 cups. since they seem to be maintaining a good weight, and not losing or gaining, i just give them what they want.
I agree that the recommendation on the bag is too much.
I also feed the duck and potato NB.
I have a black lab who is around 60 - 63 lbs. The bag says I should feed her 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 (if I remember right) cups a day. I end up feeding her about 2 1/2 She was gaining weight fast on 3 cups a day.
So, it does depend on the dog. She's a lab and we all know they tend to pack on the pounds. But, I also think that with this food, you can feed less than the bag says.
LOL, I should have added, I was feeding just going by how they did and looked. Mine were actually getting more and looking a bit too thick, so we cut back. I do realize it's individual but wanted some sort of guidline on how much you all were feeding in comparison to what the bag says. You know, if the bag actually said what the dog really needs to be happy and healthy it'd be alot easier to convince people good food means feeding less.