How to Estimate the Right Serving to Feed Your Dog


The daily amount of food a dog should eat depends on age, size, breed, level of activity and quality of the food. We find instructions on the packages regarding the ideal feeding amounts. However, you should never follow those instructions blindly and should instead look for more information.

In fact, pet food companies often suggest overly broad measures of servings as a way for the client to purchase more food more frequently. You could be severely overfeeding your dog.

Overweight dogs are more likely to develop life-shortening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Of course, underfeeding your dog is just as harmful.

Follow these steps to guarantee you are feeding your dog exactly what it needs to be healthy.

The dog food calculator

There is a great dog food calculator online to help you. Enter your adult dog’s ideal weight, activity level, and life stage, as well as the food’s calories. There you have it: an approximate result specifically tailored to your pet.

If you want to get a general overlook read our instructions on serving sizes for puppies and adults. Always keep in mind that the ideal serving depends on various factors, some of which can be particular to your pet.




The food labelled as “junior” offers high levels of energy and nutrients. Follow these average daily amounts:

  • 2-3 months: 7 ounces in 4 servings.
  • 4-6 months: 9 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 6 months: 14 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 8 months: 11 ounces in 2 servings.




It’s essential that you’re aware of your dog’s weight and activity level. The energy needs vary but it’s very important that the dog stays active. These are ideal weights and maximum daily servings:

  • 4-7 pounds: 3 ounces
  • 7-11 pounds: 4 ounces
  • 11-22 pounds: 6 ounces
  • 22-33 pounds: 9 ounces
  • 33-44 pounds: 11 ounces
  • 44-66 pounds: 14 ounces
  • 66-88 pounds: 21 ounces
  • 88-110+ pounds: 28 ounces

You don’t need to buy the best food available but it’s important that you feed your dog quality food, as that will make a huge difference. And never guess. Measure the servings and check your dog’s weight monthly.

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