As a general rule; the larger the breed, the more they need to eat. Here are a few examples of common breeds and where they fall comparatively size wise:
Toy breeds – pomeranian, havanese, yorkies
Small breeds – terriers, dachshunds, shih tzus, pugs
Medium breeds – bull terriers, collies
Large breeds – shepherds, retrievers, rottweilers
While size is a good guide of how much to feed, your best friend is still unique in every way so you’ll have to consider their unique metabolism too. Oddly enough, some smaller breeds are high in energy so they burn calories fast! Anxious pups also lose weight from restlessness and stress, so it’s important that you’re tuning into your dog’s behavior.
Calorie content, portions and metabolizing activity play a huge part in either obesity or malnutrition, so opt for high nutrition to optimize the value of each meal.
Depending on your dog’s breed, you may also want to address underlying health conditions through a breed specific diet. Certain health conditions can actually be treated or reduced by feeding your dog the appropriate type and portion of food. If you’ve got a little yorkie or schnauzer; choose lower fat food in small portions to help control blood fat levels. Labradors, shepherds and pugs are notorious for becoming overweight easily so be conscious about the calorie content of each portion and treat.
If you’re concerned about your dog being underweight, consider enriching the calorie intake of each serving as opposed to just bulking up the portion. You could also try introducing a reputable nutritional supplement to seamlessly support your dog’s regular diet.
Ideally, you should consult with a vet to accurately understand your dog’s overall body condition score and potential underlying conditions – being proactive by optimizing nutrition within the correct portions will impact the quality of your pup’s life.