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havanese eat less than recommended?

hey. this is my first havanese. i always grew up with "i am always hungry" kinda dogs/puppies. Do havanese eat very less ? even lesser than recommended diet ? i feed him Orijen Dog food. he is 3.5 months, 6.2 lbs. He should be eating 1 and 1/2 cups.. But he is just eating 3/4 cups a day. And is never very interested in eating. He just wants to play play and play. I mean he is gaining weight and VERY active so i guess its ok. Do havanese in general eat lesser than recommended? thanks a lot
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Wow, I didn't realize Orijen recommends 1 1/2 cups per day. That is a huge amount of food for a 3.5 month old, 6.2 lb puppy. I would say that 3/4 cup is what he should be getting per day. When my Bugsy was that age he ate 1/4 cup 3 times per day and I added some home cooking. Actually it was less than 1/4 kibble, because I added my own. Your puppy is a good weight for his age, don't worry. The food company always put down the amounts that are much greater than they should eat. JMO

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Yes, I'd guess your puppy is eating about right, too. The packages recommend way more than our Havs need to eat. Orijen is a good food, too.

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sounds like my puppy, and he will be 3 months in about 2 weeks.

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If I feed my guys what is recommended on the label, they blow up like balloons! I think the dog food companies do that to sell more food!





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Tucker is 10 mos. old and weighs 18 lbs. He eats 1/2 cup of Orijen in the morning and 1/3 cup at night. During the day he get carrots and apples plus a few treats. I've never fed him what the company recommends. You can tell by his weight he isn't starving either. I can easily feel his ribs and the vet always says he's just right. He's just a big lover boy.
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I feed Orijen and when my pup was about that age he barely stopped to eat. I was worried for a bit but he started to get a bigger appetite. Now he's 5months and is getting a cup a day split between morning and night plus some canned tripett with is and he gobbles it all down in seconds and is looking for more food. He gets a few treats during the day too. I think the not eating much was a phase.
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Pixie is given 1/2 in morning and 1/2 in evening. Sometimes she eats all sometimes not. I also give her a yolk from a hard boiled egg mid day a couple times a week. I also give her Biljac liver treat (1) after I groom her, wash her face, etc. After dinner I give her a bisquit to help keep her teeth clean.
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hey. this is my first havanese. i always grew up with "i am always hungry" kinda dogs/puppies. Do havanese eat very less ? even lesser than recommended diet ? i feed him Orijen Dog food. he is 3.5 months, 6.2 lbs. He should be eating 1 and 1/2 cups.. But he is just eating 3/4 cups a day. And is never very interested in eating. He just wants to play play and play. I mean he is gaining weight and VERY active so i guess its ok. Do havanese in general eat lesser than recommended? thanks a lot
That doesn't seem right at all. Are you reading the bag correctly? I feed Orijen and my two are 15lbs each. They get 3/4-1 cup a day! I think you should be feeding more like 1/2-3/4 cups.


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Stella eats at will. I keep her dish full and she eats when she feels like it. She weighs a little over 12 pounds and is in great health. Some days she eats about 3/4 cup and other days she eats less. I don't really pay much attention other than to keep it available. It works well for us.
When we visit my DD in Connecticut, I have to feed her on a schedule or my DD's Golden would make sure her bowl was always empty. When we're there, she eats about 1/3-1/2 cup twice a day.
BTW, I feed Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul.

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