How much food does my dog need?



The amount of food your dog needs mostly depends on their weight in comparison to the breed standard. Secondary factors include activity level, age and if your dog has been Neutered. The average 10kg dog needs about 400 Calories a day to maintain their Resting Energy Requirements (RER). RER is then multiplied by factors like activity and age to calculate the Daily Energy Requirement and the ideal caloric intake for your dog.


Factors impacting dog calorie needs


Neutered adult =1.6 x RER
Intact adult =1.8 x RER
Inactive/obese prone =1.2-1.4 x RER
Weight loss =1.0 x RER for ideal weight
Weight gain =1.2-1.8 x RER for ideal weight
Active, working dogs =2.0-5.0 x RER
Puppy 0-4 months =3.0 x RER
Puppy 4 months to adult = 2.0 x RER


Our dog food calculator is built using the factors above along with the calculation for Resting Energy Requirements. RER is calculated by taking the dog’s weight in kilograms to the power of 3/4 multiplied by 70. So at 10kg dog would be calculated: 70(10kg)3/4 equating to a Resting Energy Requirement of 400 Calories/day.

As each dog is an individual this calculator should only be used as a guide in conjunction with the Body Condition Score and the feeding guide on the recipes to give an indication of how much food your dog needs.  This amount should be modified accordingly to get the ideal body condition score.