Little breeds generally reach their full size at a younger age than larger dogs, live longer, and have higher metabolisms. So, even though they may be 60 percent smaller than larger breeds, they are likely to require a food for their general health that has higher levels of protein, fat and essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6.
To combat any obesity issues, be sure to read the feeding guides on your pet’s food and use a measuring scoop.
Small dogs need smaller and more frequent meals because they are unable to consume large amounts of food at one time.
Often small breed kibble dog food is a smaller size to allow for easier eating. To help space out meals, try using a treat-dispensing toy: fill it with food for one meal, which will keep them busy and ensure they have enough to eat. Look out for toys especially designed for smaller dogs.
For a high-energy small breed dog like a Chihuahua, a faster metabolism means it uses calories at almost three times the rate of a larger dog, so you should feed it small, regular, nutritionally appropriate meals.
If you’re unsure about what a healthy weight is for your dog, speak to your vet or try our Dog Check tool.
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