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Feed: 2x per day
Sawyer is my first Havanese. Prior to that I only knew pugs, which live to eat and eat to live. When you live with a pug, there's no such thing as just leaving food in a bowl and letting the dog feed itself on it's own schedule. So when Sawyer came home, I was diligent about setting up a feeding schedule. 6:30 am and 6 pm. Plus, we were crate training him and it helps to have them eat at regular times in order to predict their elimination habits.
The funny thing was that I was gradually increasing and increasing his kibble portion during those first 6 months or so. But what surprised me is that he began not eating, or only eating half a portion, at various mornings and evenings. As my only experience was with another breed, this quite surprised me. I then scaled back his portions until we got the mix just right and he was regularly eating both meals. Sawyer is a healthy 13lb, 1 y.o. neutered male, who gets regular walks in addition to play and exercise and eats two 1/3c portions each day (Buffalo Blue adult dry kibble).
I tend to think feeding once a day is just too long to go between meals, no matter what domesticated mammal you are. For dogs I would just as soon cut their portions down so they eat twice per day than feed them all at once, only one time in 24 hrs. For various reasons I do not believe in leaving food out all the time.
a.k.a. Bernadet Rodakowski