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    anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    havanese eat less than recommended? 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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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Woah...1-1/2 cups would be overdoing it with Orijen for a dog that small, unless I'm just way off on the kcals in Orijen.

    My dogs eat Evo, which I thought was similar in kcal to Orijen. I have a maltese/poodle cross that's about 9-10lbs and he eats 1/2 to 3/4 a cup a day. My boston, who's pushing twenty pounds (or maybe a little over) and a well muscled machine eats only 1 to 1-1/4 cups a day.

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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayanla View Post
    Woah...1-1/2 cups would be overdoing it with Orijen for a dog that small, unless I'm just way off on the kcals in Orijen.

    My dogs eat Evo, which I thought was similar in kcal to Orijen. I have a maltese/poodle cross that's about 9-10lbs and he eats 1/2 to 3/4 a cup a day. My boston, who's pushing twenty pounds (or maybe a little over) and a well muscled machine eats only 1 to 1-1/4 cups a day.
    I agree. The havanese is probably getting exactly what she needs from the amount of orijen she's getting, unless she's losing weight I wouldn't worry
    I switched Auz from a food last year that was 12% fat to 25% fat (his coat was very crappy and dry; and he was losing weight as well, higher fat was suggested). I never stopped to think I had to feed LESS of the new food, and he ballooned out because of the fat content (I got his waist back in a few weeks..<G>)

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    I agree.. my 52lb Boxer mix gets 1 1/2-2 cups a day.

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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Yep, my 55 lb lab mix gets 2-2 1/2 c per day (EVO). 1 1/2 c sounds like way too much. Even 3/4 sounds like too much.

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    thanks guys. so i am not gonna worry as long as he is active, good health and maintains good weight

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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Certain dogs insist on showing a little rib. I don't know if it is common in a Havanese not. Even if it isn't, as long as the vet doesn't see a problem, don't worry about it. Most Labs are very food oriented, but I had one that like to show off his ribs.

    As long as it stays lean, feed it all it will eat. I had another Lab I had to feed 6 cups of Pro Plan to keep his ribs hidden. that was about twice what I have fed many of my Labs.

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    3/4 cup really sounds about right, actually. My pup is 7 months and 7lbs, and only eats 1/2 cup of Orijen puppy a day. Any more than that and his stool starts looking soft and mushy.
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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Wow, 1 1/2 cups for a 6.5 lb dog?

    Sounds like a lot, but I don't know the food. Wally gets Innova (not EVO) and eats 2/3 cups a day. He's around 12 lbs.

    But, hey, if the pup is maintaining a good weight and not having any digestive/vigor issues - whatever you're doing must be working.

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    Re: anyone own havanese? do they eat less??

    Quote Originally Posted by neupane00 View Post
    havanese eat less than recommended? 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
    He definitely should not be eating 1 1/2 cups! Most 6 lb dogs eat around 1/2 cup if they're puppies.

    Orijen likes to over recommend so I think 3/4 cup is a great a mount for him.

    I think on there it says a 1 kg dog eats 1/2 cup....a 1 kg dog should only eat about 1/4 or even 1/5 of a cup.


    Edit: By the way our 22 lbs Cavalier King Charles that runs in the park 3 hrs a day eats only 1 cup a day.
    I know a lot of people feeding their 10 lb dogs 1/2 cup a day.

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