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My puppy has never eaten the recommended portions of the dog food. She barely eats the adult recommendation, much less the 2x and 1.5x puppy recommendations. She’s doing fine. She’s growing, gaining weight, has normal bowel movements 90% of the time, doesn’t throw up, and her coat is glossy. I just wondered if anyone else ever encountered this issue with their smaller breeds. I have a hard time imagining I’ll ever have an issue with her being overweight!
 

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If my dog ate the recommended portion, she would be obese.
This. My Chihuahua gets half of the lower end of the recommended amount. Not all dogs need those amounts. I honestly don’t want to know what she would look like if I fed her the full recommendation!
 

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I heard somewhere that the 'recommended portions' for dog food are often based on the needs of professional, active working dogs (ie mushers, racing dogs, etc.), because they're often the ones used in feeding trials, but I can't find a source on that at the moment so don't quote me on it. Would explain why the general consensus is that most recommendations the bags give are way too high for the average pet dog, though, if it is true. (That or the old 'they do it to get you to buy more food' explanation, not sure if I buy that one).

Either way, it's perfectly normal to have a dog need way under the recommended amount. Like people, even two dogs of the same size, build, and activity levels can have different metabolism, so it's best to use the recommendations as a (very rough) guideline, and then adjust based on body condition (and appetite, if you don't have a bottomless pit like mine, haha). I'd only worry if you start actually seeing problems with her overall health, as the others say.
 

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I heard somewhere that the 'recommended portions' for dog food are often based on the needs of professional, active working dogs (ie mushers, racing dogs, etc.), because they're often the ones used in feeding trials, but I can't find a source on that at the moment so don't quote me on it. Would explain why the general consensus is that most recommendations the bags give are way too high for the average pet dog, though, if it is true. (That or the old 'they do it to get you to buy more food' explanation, not sure if I buy that one).

Either way, it's perfectly normal to have a dog need way under the recommended amount. Like people, even two dogs of the same size, build, and activity levels can have different metabolism, so it's best to use the recommendations as a (very rough) guideline, and then adjust based on body condition (and appetite, if you don't have a bottomless pit like mine, haha). I'd only worry if you start actually seeing problems with her overall health, as the others say.
Funny, I was going to mention the same thing, that I've seen somewhere that those guides are not for the average house pet. More for young, highly active unaltered dogs. But I could not remember for the life of me where I saw this and did not want to be jumped at for proof haha
 
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