How Much To Feed The Dog?
General calculation of the BARF daily amount for a dog
Puppies and young German Long haired Pointer dogs
4-6% of body weight = daily amount (depending on the activity of the puppy)
Puppy 2 – 6 months old – 5-6% of body weight
Young dog 7 -9 months old – 4-5% of body weight
Young dog 10 – 13 months old – 3-4% of body weight
(In small breeds maybe a little less)
Calcium is very important
Requirement in the growth: about 100mg calcium / kg body weight for bone formation
Up to about 200mg calcium / kg body weight in the teeth change
Calcium intake can be achieved either by feeding chicken necks or similar. Be covered, or one feeds such as eggshell powder or similar. (See bones & cartilage for exact calculation)
From the end of the tooth change up to the age of about 1 year, the amount for the adult dog is then fed. For very large dogs, whose growth phase is longer, the amount for the adult dog is to be fed accordingly later.
Feed amount per day for adult dogs:
2% of body weight – dog must lose weight or keep his weight
2.5% of body weight – at ideal weight
3 -4% of body weight – very active or needs to increase
Calcium requirement: 50 – 80mg calcium per kg body weight per day (calculation see here)
This calculation is just a guideline. Always pay attention to the weight, age and activity of the dog.
If one notices that the dog has too little on the ribs, one feeds something more and vice versa, if the dog has too much weight, one feeds a little less and so on. Underweight is also recommended to increase the fat portion of the meal or boiled carbohydrates to feed.
The advantage of the BARF is that feeding can be individually adapted to each dog.
Daily feed amount = 100%
Of which are from 70 to 80% Animal
I.e. 100% meat again divided into = 60% lean meat – 20% rumen / omasum – 10% offal – 10% RFK
If no bones are fed, the muscle meat percentage increases.
And 20-30% vegetable
So 100% vegetable portion divided into 80% vegetables and 20% fruit possibly also cereals or carbohydrates (40% max)
The dog needs about 0.3g of oil per kg of body weight daily to meet its essential fatty acid requirement. (1 teaspoon are approx. 3-4g and a 1 tbsp. approx. 10-12g oil)
This would be summarized, for example, at a ratio of 70% to 30% for a 20kg dog at 2.5% of body weight;
195 g muscle meat
+ 70g rumen / leafy stomach
+ 35g offal
+ RFK according to calcium requirement (guideline value 10%)
+ 120g vegetables
+ 30g of fruit
= 500g daily feed + 6g oil
The daily amount can you then e.g. with two meals a day simply divide by two.
Tip for Beginners:
The best way to calculate the need for a week and distributed accordingly to the components of the week and the respective meals and thus creates a feed plan. Because you do not have to feed innards and bones every day, it’s enough if there are 2- 3 times a week. The same goes for rumen, you can easily install 1-2 rumen days.
Here You Can Look At An Example Of Feeding Plan.
Finally, the food is supplemented with various dietary supplements as needed. Because without these dietary supplements it is not possible to meet the need for minerals, trace elements and vitamins of a dog.