Q: How much food do i give my year old newfoundland a day?
I have a newfoundland and he is a year old today. I am wondering if we are giving him enough food a day. We give him a big cup in the morning and one a nite. Is that enough? He is 102 pounds
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Answer by Lynne
The best way to know is the dog's weight.
Answer by Nicholie
It should say on the side of the bag. Just look at the side and it'll have the weight of the dog to how many cups a day he'll need.
Answer by Rosalie
No, it isn’t.
They should get two cups in the morning and two at night, ALWAYS with water in it to avoid bloat or an impaction. Work him up to that slowly over a week – don’t just feed him more all of a sudden, or you will end up in trouble.
I used to take care of a kennel full of Newfies, and they all got a big bowl of food twice a day.
It was a huge stack of mixing bowls, like something out of the Cat in the Hat!
It was regular food – none of the fancy stuff. Don’t feed him anything richer than a regular maintenance made for large breeds.
Answer by Jdap
Our Newfie is just over 4 months old and seems that she is starving. We feed her 2cups in the morning, 2 cups at noon, and then 2 cups at dinner and she still seems that she is never eaten. She has been tested more than once for worms by the vet. She is not overweight and not underweight
Answer by NewfieMom
It all depends on your Newf, and his energy level. I have an 18 month old Newfoundland puppy, he gets 7 cups of food every day, he is very energetic, weighs 138 pounds, he is 30 inches tall at the withers and thin. I also have two laidback adult Newfs, they get 3.5 cups per day, but when they were pups, one of them never got more than 4 cups per day and the other ate 5 cups as a puppy, split between their morning and evening meals.
So, how do you tell if your Newf is too thin? This test is especially important for heavily coated dogs, whose fur often conceals weight issues.
If you run your hands over the ribs and you can feel the ribs, but they feel like they have a slight padding, your dog is probably at the right weight. If you run your hands over the ribs and you can feel all of the ribs with a thin layer of skin covering them, your dog is too thin. If you can’t feel a ribcage at all or very slightly, your dog is overweight.
Look at your dog from a side angle, if his tummy is equal to the chest in size, he’s overweight, the tummy should be tucked up higher than the chest. Now, look down on your dog, you should be able to see an obvious waist there. You should not be able to feel his spine easily.
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Here’s what you can do for your pup if he’s underweight (remembering that you always want to keep your pup on the slim side, so as not to burden growing joints). Increase his food intake by 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup for supper – he will be getting a total of three cups per day. You can gradually add more food if he’s still too thin, but don’t add more than a 1/2 cup per meal at a time.
If you ever feel your pup is getting too fat, back off the food by reducing the cups by 1/4 c for both meals. Remember, Newfs keep growing until they are at least 3 years old, sometimes 4 years old.
So you do want to watch his food intake all the time.
Happy birthday to your boy! :-)
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