Tara Rose is now 12 weeks old. She is weighing about 15+ pounds. I feed her once in the morning and once around 6 p.m. She gets a total of a cup of large breed puppy chow and 4 good tablespoons of canned food.. Purina adult dog food. (Can't find canned puppy food.)
Any suggestions on how much I should be feeding her and how much she should ideally weigh? She is a full purebred collie pup. she gets plenty of exercise, but she seems a little chubby to me. With all of her hair (rough collie), it is hard to tell. She goes to the vet for follow up shots on July 6th. She was 13 pounds at 10 weeks old.
If I am feeding her too much, I would just as soon start to cut back now.
I feed my dogs twice daily but my dogs are only 12-18 pounds full grown. I am not sure of the "ideal" weight for your dog or breed but your vet may have more information for you on that. No matter the breed, I highly suggest premium foods rather than ones loaded with fillers. They need less of the higher quality foods. I alternate with kibble and raw diet. I use Nutro Ultra (1/2 C per dog) in the morning and give their raw in the evening (always fresh and properly kept). I do not feed after 6:00 PM and always make sure a good, fresh water supply is available.
Not saying that my methods are the right ones but it is what works for me. Others may be along with other tips and advice for your specific breed. Hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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I can't imagine she is chubby, but I don't know your breed very well. I little aussie gets a bit over 2 cups of merrick dry puppy food a day. I don't feed canned at all. They do get fuzzy fast, and I am sure your vet will be able to direct to the right amount of food. Enjoy your furbaby
Congratulations on your puppy! I'm fond of collies-that's what my family had when I was a kid. Their ideal weight, full-grown, is 50-75lbs, but I have no idea what she should weigh at this age. Your vet will be able to show you how to gage her weight by her shape.
Please keep in mind that some collies are sensitive to heartworm medications, so you might want to ask your vet about that, as well.
I agree with the others on a premium food. Keep in mind, the amount it gives on the bag is only a "suggestion." I have never actually fed my girls (brittanys) that amount. In fact, my 40lb brit only eats 1/2 cup, twice a day. Right now, I'm feeding Merricks BG but I tend to rotate foods every few months.