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How often a puppy should be fed per day depends mainly on its age. In puppies, the daily ration is divided into more meals; in young dogs it is less.

In the first few weeks of life, the breeder takes over the transition from the mother dog's milk to complete food (puppy food). In this phase, many small meals are given at short intervals. Up to the 3rd month of life, 4 meals a day are usually given after the puppy has become accustomed to the new food.

And how often do I feed my puppy in his new home?

When the puppy has just moved into its new home, it has a lot of things to get to know. In order not to overtax him during this phase, it is advisable to continue with the feeding times from the breeder for at least the first few weeks in the new home.

In the period between the 3rd and 6th month, 3 meals spread throughout the day are advisable.

From the 6th month of life, this can be reduced to two rations a day.

As some large dogs are not fully grown until they are 18 to 24 months old, these young dogs in particular should be given two meals a day until they have finished growing. This time is shorter for small breeds, which are fully grown at 7-8 months.

Some dog owners keep this to two meals a day, even in adulthood. However, many adult dogs do very well on a single portion a day.

As a general rule - whether for puppies or adult dogs - a short rest period should be planned after the meal.

Important: It is better to play, exercise or take your dog for a walk before feeding.

About the author

Dr. Anna Mitura 

Animal Nutrition Physiologist & Product Manager

I am a real Northern Lights and come from Schleswig-Holstein, where I grew up in a small village with dogs. The dog of my heart is called Rufus and is a 13-year-old giant schnauzer mix senior. As a product manager, I develop new recipes for dogs and cats, hold training courses and lectures for customers and dealers and advise you on our free service hotline.