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    Default Am I Feeding Enough?

    Hi All
    I have an 18week old mixed breed pup (looks Kelpie x Staffy?) whom i absolutely adore, she is up to date with worming, vacc, etc but is yet to be desexed, and i feel she is just a bit skinny, and im not sure if i am feeding her enough. She doesn't get ''Puppy'' food as she refuses to eat it, so she gets 700grams of canned dog food and about the same of dry food, split up into 3 meals. the dry food she just eats when she wants it, the wet food is in 3 meals. Is that enough for her?
    I have attached a recent photo of her, ive had her since she was 10 weeks old, feel free to guess breeds

    ''Poppy''

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    The best way to work that out is either use the guides on the side of the pack or ask your vet what they recommend. My dogs get two meals a day, Harley 1.5 cup of biscuits on the morning and the same at night with some mince added in and Bella gets 1 cup morning and night with mince in the evening too. I feed them Eukenuba/Advance though so they don't need to eat as much and commercial food.
    Last edited by jadielee87; 09-30-2011 at 08:58 AM.

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    Aww. The rescue dog I got a couple of months ago was supposedly a kelpie x staffy. But I cannot see the staffy in her. Nor can I in yours actually. Mine is about 10 months now and most people cannot see that she is still a pup - until she starts behaving like a lunatic. Your dog doesn't look that puppy-like for her age either.

    And I like the name poppy! It was one of the names I suggested for my dog, but my daughter was against it because she knows a human named poppy.

    Anywho, I'm not good at guessing breeds. I still don't know what mine is at all. I just call her the 'bitsa special of the week' when people ask.

    Sorry, not much advice on the food. I only feed my dog half of a 700gr can of wet food a day. She does always have dry food available, but she hardly eats any of it, it seems. And she does get lots of high energy treats when we're training. She probably goes through about 100gr of beef liver a day like that. Also gets fresh bones and some treats in her kong and treat ball when I go out.

    Look forward to hearing more about poppy.

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    We'd need a photo from side on, and a photo from top on.

    We'd be looking for a tuck up behind the ribs from side in, and a tuck in behind the ribs from top on. And if you can feel just feel ribs when you run your fingers down her sides, then she's good. If you're running corrugations down her back when you pat her on her spine and her hip bones are sticking out like a dairy cow - too skinny. If you can't see hint of ribs on a short coat dog or feel them, then too fat. If the waist starts to bulge then way too fat.

    So she looks really good how she is to me. Maybe could be slightly lighter (could use slightly more tuck behind the ribs).

    I think for her sake maybe kelpie x foxie might be a better breed guess. Less likely to fall foul of evil bsl rules should they spread from Victoria.

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    Thanks Guys
    I will take some more photos of her when my camera is finshed charging, she is a tall pup, very active, rounds up the chooks and guinea fowl, is just fearless when it comes to my horses and cattle.
    She was sold to me as border collie, staffy, labrador, whippet x (Gee that was a mouthfull!) but the breed doesn't really matter to me she is my best mate and im having so much fun training her.

    Photos to come....

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    From what I can make out from the photo she looks fine. But another angle may show differently.

    By 18 weeks my dogs are on two meals/day but would still be on puppy kibble.

    If she doesn't like the kibble mix a bit of can thru it or add a bit of hot water, the smell will make it inviting to eat. To tidy up eating habits I put the meal down for 15 minutes after which I remove the bowl including any uneaten food. The dog does not get another meal until the next meal time.

    I'm not a big fan of canned food but a tablespoon mixed with the dry can entice fussy eaters but that's as much as I would add.

    Free feeding dry works for some dogs but in many instances it can either make for an overweight dog or an underweight dog as the dog nibbles away on dry holding out for the yummy wet food to arrive at the next meal.

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