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My 8 month old German Shepherd Bandit is recieving 2 cups in the AM and 2 cups in the PM. Someone told me I am over feeding him.... That he should only get 2 cups all day. I was wondering how much should I be feeding him at his age? Am I over feeding him? An when he is a year old how much adult food should he be eating a day? Thanks :apple:
 

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It depends on what type of food he is on. With some of the lesser quality kibble you need to feed more to receive optimum nutrion/calories. What the premium brands that are cal dense you can feed less and achieve the same as feeding more of the other brand. Hope that makes sense, my brain is elsewhere today.
 

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My 8 month old German Shepherd Bandit is recieving 2 cups in the AM and 2 cups in the PM. Someone told me I am over feeding him.... That he should only get 2 cups all day. I was wondering how much should I be feeding him at his age? Am I over feeding him? An when he is a year old how much adult food should he be eating a day? Thanks :apple:
I'm not an expert by any means. But I do know that it does depend on the weight of your dog. When I was feeding kibble, my vet said 1 cup per 10 lbs.
 

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What are you feeding? What kind of exercise is your pup getting? Hows his weight?

There are tons of variables when deciding how much to feed. There's nothing set in stone that says feed X amount Y amount of times. It really depends on the dog.
 

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Matty is 8 months 64 lbs and she gets fed diamond natural lamb & rice. I feed her 4-5 cups a day and would actually like her to gain a little weight, but as soon as I feed her more than that she gets soft stools...so I am trying to add a little more throughout the day while training.
 

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My male, Bruno is 75 pounds and 10 months old and he gets about 5 cups a day. He has a fairly high level activity each day but because of his age and activity level, looks thin. I constantly hear comments about why I'm not feeding enough but always from people who don't understand the breed and how they're supposed to look while young so it's in one ear and out the other. I adjust more or less on activity level and if they're knocking their bowls around for more after licking it clean or whether or not there's extra left over when they walk away.
Like everyone else says, it's dependent on several factors, activity level, current weight, and such. I CAN tell you that 2 cups all day is FAR TOO LITTLE for an 8 month old GSD. I would really think about what you're feeding sounds about right. 2 cups a day will get you a dog that's starving all the time.
 

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Cody get's 4 cups a day as he is losing weight.
Isa get's 2 cups a day.
Akbar eats about 2lbs of raw in the morning and 2 cups of Orijen at night as he has a very fast metabolism.
 

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My 9 month old Dutch Shepherd puppy, about 50 pounds is getting 4 cups a day of grain-free Evo. My older dogs get half as much. It's weird.
 

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I'm not an expert by any means. But I do know that it does depend on the weight of your dog. When I was feeding kibble, my vet said 1 cup per 10 lbs.
Shows you that you shouldn't listen to your vet. If your dog's bones are sticking out, feed more, if he's getting fat, feed less. All dogs are different, and all food is different.
 

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I'm not an expert by any means. But I do know that it does depend on the weight of your dog. When I was feeding kibble, my vet said 1 cup per 10 lbs.
Holy *bleep*! Rayden would be getting almost 9 cups of food a day! Of course, if he was eating cheap store brand food, then he'd NEED that much.

As it is, he eats 4 cups a day, with some eggs/cottage cheese/what not added in on occasion.
 

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Mine gets 2 C a.m. and 2 C p.m. Premium dry food. I thought she should be cut to 3 per day but she dropped weight so I upped the portions. She is quite active.
 

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Bo eats about 2 cups, twice a day, maybe a little more. He eats Blue Buffalo. I never really measure for any of my dogs, just watch how they look. Too wide, feed less, too narrow in the waist, feed more. Bo is 9 mos. old. He's long and lanky!
 

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Well since we're saying actual amounts no matter what the food is... Lucy gets about 3 cups of orijen adult a day in addition to about 1/4 cup chicken breast and i rotate between yogurt, canned pumpkin and eggs mixed in. She also gets snacks/treats throughout the day.

She's a pretty active 70-72 pound 2+ year old female.
 

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This is just so silly. If your dog is no longer a lean machine, you need to feed more. If your dog is nice and lean, you are feeding just enough. If your dog is skinny, you need to feed more. All dogs have different caloric needs due to their metabolism and activity level and dog foods can have significantly different number of calories per cup. Look at your dog and go from there.
 

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My dogs get 3 cups of Orijen a day and a cup of home cooked food split between their two meals plus training treats and sometimes even table scraps. Both are solid muscle and healthy looking:)
 

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I can not imagine an 8 mo old GSD, regardless of the food quality and even if it was a lazy dog, only eating 2 cups a day.

But if the dog is of good condition (weight) then it must be working. Feeding is much more simple than it's made out to be. If the dogs skinny, feed it more. If the stools get runny, then your dog may have a digestive disorder or you need to try a different food. If the dog is fat, cut back. If you cut back and add exercise and the dog doesn't lose weight, check thryoids, etc.

Ours eat between 2 3/4 day (Audrey who is small at only 55 lbs) and up to almost 6 cups/day (works out to be about 5 1/2) for the big boys (Kodi and Micah who are a lean 83 and 90/95 - yes he's actually that big).
 

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My rule of thumb is that I feed 1/4 - 1/2 less per day than the weight chart on the bag says. On training or tracking days when he is getting a lot of treats I reduce another 1/4 - 1/2 cup for the evening feeding.

From there I just keep an eye on him to see how his weight is since it will fluxuate based on how much activity he has. If it goes up I reduce a 1/4 cup per day.
 
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