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Question about Leo's growth and eating?

Leo only eats when he's hungry and only seemingly enough to satisfy the hunger and no more. This is fine but its left me trying to work out the correct amount to feed and a "best" weight for him at this time. He is 7 months old, 9 7/8 inches tall at the withers and seems to have the best feel to his body at about 10.2-10.5 lbs. If he gets up to 11 lbs, he seems a bit pudgy on the ribs and his waist thickens while at the lower weight the flesh to rib feels right and the waist looks better. Part of my issue is that I've not had such a small dog before. Part is that he's 7 months old and I don't know if he's done growing. He hasn't increased in height in over a month and his weight has bounced about between 10-12 lbs with 12 being too pudgy and 10 a tiny bit skinny and 10.2-10.5 being about right. According to the Ziwipeak calculator, I should be feeding him 3.7 oz. daily but IF he eats that much in a day he won't eat much the next day and he has a slightly less firm poo. I take that to mean that 3.7 oz is too much of this very rich food in a single day. I have been doing 2.5 oz the past couple days. He will consume that amount in a given day and doesn't behave like he's still hungry.

So at 7 months is he finished growing given that he hasn't gotten taller in over a month? Is the best weight the one at which I can easily feel the ribs but the shoulder blades, hip bones and spine aren't bony and where he has a definite waist? Leo isn't like any dog I have ever lived with in his eating habits. All other dogs would always eat all that was offered, look around for more and would continue to eat to the point of sickness if permitted. Leo will eat if he's hungry but will "bury" food he doesn't yet want to eat until a time when he gets hungry ( except that I pick up the food and offer it later). If he overeats one day he will not eat much at all for a day or two. For those of you that feed Ziwipeak and have a similar sized dog does the amount he's eating seem about right? Have your dogs stopped growing at 7 months? It seems young but again he is the smallest dog I have had and I'm not really sure what's typical. Since I bath him twice each week I get to see him all wet often which gives me the opportunity to keep an eye on his body shape and condition. I also weigh him regularly since I'm still trying to figure out what a good weight for him is and how much to feed him to maintain that weight. Thoughts?


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You beat me to it as I was going to ask a very similar question. Charlie is not yet 7 months but his weight has been a fairly constant 4.6kgs (10.1lbs) for several weeks now. I haven't measured his height but will start tracking that.

His eating habits with Ziwipeaks is very similar. Some days he eats and relishes the total recommended amount, spread across 3 meals. Other days I'm back to cajoling him Anne hand feeding him which does then seem to result in soft poo.

So I can't help with advice but I can tell you you aren't alone in worrying about correct weight and food.
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You beat me to it as I was going to ask a very similar question. Charlie is not yet 7 months but his weight has been a fairly constant 4.6kgs (10.1lbs) for several weeks now. I haven't measured his height but will start tracking that.

His eating habits with Ziwipeaks is very similar. Some days he eats and relishes the total recommended amount, spread across 3 meals. Other days I'm back to cajoling him Anne hand feeding him which does then seem to result in soft poo.

So I can't help with advice but I can tell you you aren't alone in worrying about correct weight and food.
Thanks Ruth. It is so hard to try to figure out these little dogs. Especially when it comes to their nutritional needs!


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Emmie is 18 months old and weighs 8.2-8.5 lbs. I feed her 1/4 can of ZiwiPeak in the morning and 3/4 scoop of air dried food in the evening. I'm feeding her less than what their Feeding Calculator recommends but it's the right amount since if I feed her more than this amount she won't finish her meal, and the vet also thinks she's at a healthy weight.
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Emmie is 18 months old and weighs 8.2-8.5 lbs. I feed her 1/4 can of ZiwiPeak in the morning and 3/4 scoop of air dried food in the evening. I'm feeding her less than what their Feeding Calculator recommends but it's the right amount since if I feed her more than this amount she won't finish her meal, and the vet also thinks she's at a healthy weight.
Thanks Emmie's mom. It helps to have an idea of how much Ziwipeak others are feeding based on the size of their dogs. I've always known that kibble dog food manufacturers recommended amounts were too much for most dogs. I wasn't sure if Ziwipeak would be the same but that seems to be the case. I'll probably have to tinker with it a bit more to get the amount just right. How old was Emmie when she reached her current height and weight?


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I think Emmie was 8 lbs at around 10 months old. Lately people think she's gained weight, which she hasn't; she only looks bigger because her hair has grown out since she was shaved down 8 months ago.
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I don't have any advice, but it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job.
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Thanks guy! I love the breed and my Leo! Just trying to sort out the food thing. I'm sure he will teach me what I need to know and forgive my mistakes along the way!


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