How much food and how often should we feed a Weimaraner puppy?

ndi: We just bought a 9 week old Weimaraner puppy. How much food and how many times a day should we feed him?
He is not our first dog. We have a Westie and we had to put down our Chocolate Lab (he was 12.5). We are new with this breed.

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Answer by gizmo_dv8
5% of its body weight 4 times a day

Answer by k

Congrats on the new puppy! Weims are great, although high energy and can be high maintenance at times. As the owner of weims I would really recommend crate training, it's much easier for potty-training and makes leaving them along less stressful for you and for the puppy.

while your puppy is still young he should be eating three or four times a day. I know lots of people say they free-feed their dogs and it works for them, but weims are prone to bloat and are also prone to packing on the pounds if you are not careful and depending on what kind of food he's on. I would absolutley recommend AGAINST free-feeding.

As he gets older, you should feed just twice a day. Also, they should be fed off the ground, this aids in the digestion and may help prevent bloat. Another thing that I would recommend is to mix a little warm water with the dry food, sometimes they like it better and it also helps with the digestion and may help prevent bloat.

If you're unsure of the amount, you can talk to your vet and get a recommendation, it sometimes depends on the type of food you're feeding as well as the age and energy requirement of your dog.

you can log onto the weim club of america's webiste to get lots of great information on this breed.

This website can also point you in the direction of local weim clubs and information regarding field and show events if you're interested in that. It's a great website and essential resource for weim owners, particularly if you're new to the breed.

Good Luck and Congrats again!

Answer by tlctreecare

Weims are wonderful dogs I have two.
We free feed our pups it makes house training harder becasue you have to watch them but is healthier for the pups becasue they eat smaller meals more often.
Weims can get bloat and you have to be careful not to feed big meals and then run them.
As pups you can feed 4 times per day and let them have the food for about 20 minutes take up what every they have not eaten and feed more again later.
I let them eat as much as they want in the 20 minutes.
I feed only very high quality dry large breed puppy for for the first 8-9 months then go over to a dry adult food.
Have fun with your new Puppy.

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  1. Dog_trainer says

    Weimaraner? Good luck - they are a challenge and they need a LOT of exercise! Hope you're using a crate? These dogs are prone to separation anxiety and I've seen them chew a house apart and jump through plate glass windows.

    You should begin obedience training immediately. Don't listen to people who tell you that you have to wait until they are six months old - by then it's way too late. (Would you send your child off to his first day of school when he's 13??)

    Buy and read "What All Good Dogs Should Know" by Jack Volhard. And "Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommins. You can get them on Watch Cesar Millan - The Dog Whisperer if you get the National Geographic Channel. He's the best trainer I've ever seen on tv. He's also got a book out - "Cesar's Way".

    Oh, and feeding? Three times a day now, twice a day when he's full grown. This breed is prone to bloat, which is a fatal condition cause by genetics and exercise or excitement on a stomach full of food or water. The amount of food depends on the brand and calorie count. (I prefer Nutro.) Probably feed a little LESS than the bag recommends - their amounts are based on dogs running back and forth in kennels.

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