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How much should a Shih Tzu puppy eat?

Updated November 21, 2016

Many Shih Tzu owners leave a bowl of dry dog food out all day. The puppy can eat when it feels hungry. This method provides the animal with ample nutrition to meet its growing needs.

Obesity problems

Leaving a bowl of dog food out for the animal to tuck into at any time can result in problems associated with over-eating. Shih Tzus aren't the most active of dogs and they can suffer from obesity-related conditions.

Recommended intake

A Shih Tzu puppy needs to be fed three times a day. It should eat 28 g (1 oz) of food for every 450 g (1 lb) that it weighs. For example, if the puppy weighs 2.26 kg (5 lb) it should eat 142 g (5 oz) of food at each meal.

Healthy diet

A scheduled and measured diet is healthier for Shih Tzu puppies. Free-fed puppies do not develop disciplined eating habits. In addition, it is difficult to get the puppy into a housebreaking routine if it can eat whenever it likes.

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