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    Hi, I was just wondering if JS puppies require a lot of food? How many times daily do they need to be fed?
    Also, do JS adults require alot of food? How many times daily do they need to be fed?
    An estimated amount of money spent on dog food would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    JS are very economical in the food department.. They are small dogs that look much bigger due to the thickness of their coats.
    They are also grazing dogs, they prefer to eat small amounts frequently rather than gulp down a meal in one sitting.
    My 2 always have food and water available 24/7 .
    Mine are fed Purina Supercoat Adult Small Breed. As pups, they had Purina Supercoat Puppy ( just look for the JS on the packet )..
    Other food items can be fed as occasional treats...
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    JS are very economical in the food department.. They are small dogs that look much bigger due to the thickness of their coats.
    They are also grazing dogs, they prefer to eat small amounts frequently rather than gulp down a meal in one sitting.
    My 2 always have food and water available 24/7 .
    Mine are fed Purina Supercoat Adult Small Breed. As pups, they had Purina Supercoat Puppy ( just look for the JS on the packet )..
    Other food items can be fed as occasional treats...
    Thanks for the info mitte! I was just wondering, on a weekly basis, how much does the dog food cost?

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    Can't give you a figure, but the costs of food are usually going to be pretty minor in comparison to the other costs you will incur: vet costs (especially for pups that need their boosters), worming and flea treatment, registration, equipment - like collars, leads, bedding, crates, toys - kenneling if you want to go on holidays without the dog, etc.

    I found chewies also quite expensive because my 10 month old dog goes through lots of them. And still manages to chew up all sorts of stuff she's not supposed to! Though she's slightly better if I remember to fill her kong and treat ball when I go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSpuppy View Post
    Thanks for the info mitte! I was just wondering, on a weekly basis, how much does the dog food cost?
    A 14 kg bag of supercoat will last about 2.5 to 3 months for 2 adult JS. I'll leave it to you to price it at retail and work it out..
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    A 14 kg bag of supercoat will last about 2.5 to 3 months for 2 adult JS.
    Thanks for the reply Mitte! I appreciate it.
    Can't give you a figure, but the costs of food are usually going to be pretty minor in comparison to the other costs you will incur: vet costs (especially for pups that need their boosters), worming and flea treatment, registration, equipment - like collars, leads, bedding, crates, toys - kenneling if you want to go on holidays without the dog, etc.

    I found chewies also quite expensive because my 10 month old dog goes through lots of them. And still manages to chew up all sorts of stuff she's not supposed to! Though she's slightly better if I remember to fill her kong and treat ball when I go out.
    Thanks for the info Beloz! Also appreciated!

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    JS are very economical in the food department.. They are small dogs that look much bigger due to the thickness of their coats.
    They are also grazing dogs, they prefer to eat small amounts frequently rather than gulp down a meal in one sitting.
    My 2 always have food and water available 24/7 .
    Mine are fed Purina Supercoat Adult Small Breed. As pups, they had Purina Supercoat Puppy ( just look for the JS on the packet )..
    Other food items can be fed as occasional treats...
    I was also wondering where you can get Supercoat from? Ex. Woolworths, Coles etc? And how much does this item cost? (roughly)
    Last edited by JSpuppy; 09-30-2011 at 08:13 PM.

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    It is more expensive at wollies and coles..
    I buy it at trade price from a Farmers Co-Op Produce store..
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    I feed my 3 yr old Male JS 1 cup of Black Hawk Holistic food a day. He is about 14 inches and 8kg. He is the foxy/more athletic type of JS rather than a teddy bear with more boning so needs a bit extra to keep the weight on. Its about $40 for 10kg and is a premium dog food. I also feed him a chicken wing or chicken breast a couple of times a week. However I am fattening him up after he lost some weight due to girls being in season lately. 3kg bag was about $15 and lasted for a month. I consider him reletively inexpensive to feed.......

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    Wanted to add that you can't find it at the supermarkets you have to go to breeders who privately sell it.

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