How much to feed my newfoundland puppy?

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Lisa L: how much should I feed my newfoundland puppy?
My newfoundland puppy is almost 5 months old. I give him food and he still acts like hes hungry, yet i feed him about 4 or 5 cups a day. Is he overfed, or underfed? How much should I feed him?

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Answer by richy
something dogs don’t have limits. but they are big dogs so i would say just leave the food out for him and he will eat as much as he can but don’t get a big bowl get like a 1 cup bowl when he finishes that then you would put more in it

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  1. mikec says

    I would advise staying away from kibble altogether. I have a Newf, Lab, and Lab mix and I feed them a combo of cooked and raw food. I started this diet because my lab had allergies. The dogs are all very healthy and have beautiful coats. Even the best kibble can't compare to the nutritional value of real food. For cooking the food I use a slow cooker. I vary the meat by what's on sale. I throw the meat, some veggies, and a little barley into a slow cooker and that's it. It's less expensive than you'd think.

  2. BonBonMom says

    I am a Newfie owner. Newfie and most dogs too are ALWAYS hungry.

    A lean Newfie is a healthy Newfie. For giant breed, let it grow VERY slow.

    This is the key. Add one cup per mth till 6 mths old. Then do the rib cage test, too much bone, add more kibbles,..too chubby cut it down. Each dog is different. My boy has 8 brothers and sisters, they eat from 3 cups to 8 cups a day. My one has been on a 6 cups diet since 6 mths old. Currently he is 110lbs at 10 mths old.

  3. Chiappone says

    It depends on the quality of food you're feeding. If you're feeding something cheap (Alpo, Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba, etc) you're going to have to feed much more of it to let the dog get all the nutrients it needs and to feel full. Something better quality (Timber Wolf, Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, etc) with less fillers will require less food to do the same.

    Check the back of your dog food bag. See what it recommends for your dog's weight. If your dog is very active (highly possible since it's still a pup) you might be able to feed more and still be ok. If the dog begins to gain weight, cut back. You could also try switching foods to something higher quality and see if that makes a difference.

  4. Nibbles says

    I would double check with your vet. My newfy doesn't eat 'dog' food. Her and my lab eat table food mixed with kibble.

    She gets about 2 cups of kibble in the morning and then the table/kibble at dinnertime.

    You will learn that newfies and labs are World Class Beggars. They have the most pathetic looks when you are eating something.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Fields of Gold says

    It should tell you on the packet how much food to give him according to his weight and age.

    I hope you are splitting the 5 cups into 3 meals. It's not a good idea to give him large meals in one go. This can cause bloat especially in a puppy this young.

    Newfoundlands are big dogs and they will eat quite a lot of food so I think I would check the instructions to make sure you are giving him enough. At his age he will be going through a huge growth spurt and to prevent him going through a skinny leggy stage you need to pack that food in now. Once he is fully grown you can always cut back the amount.

    As a rough guide I would give my Golden puppies about 600 grams per day split into 3 meals. at 5 months old. Newfies are a much larger breed so I would imagine they would eat a lot more than this. There may be a Newfoundland owner on the Group who can give you some advice re feeding.

    If you are in any doubt then I would suggest you have a word with your Vet. There is usually a Feeding Chart at the Vet's Surgery and it will tell you exactly the correct amount he should be having at this age.

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