The amount of food a Shiba Inu is supposed to eat is heavily influenced by the pooch’s age, size, activity levels and caloric content of the food product.
How Much Should You Feed A Shiba Inu Puppy?
Generally, Shiba puppies are at an early stage of development and will require constant nutrition for healthy growth and physical development. Hence, Shiba Inu puppies need small-sized portions of food and frequent feeding for the first few months of their lives, as they make the switch from their mother’s milk to solid dog food.
It is advisable to leave food out at all times for Shiba Inu puppies till they clock four months of age, after which their meals should be divided into three portions per day. And as Shiba puppies grow older, they graduate to being fed twice daily.
Dividing a Shiba Inu puppy’s meals into portions like this helps the pooch maintain energy levels throughout the day and it also makes food easier to digest for the pup.
How Much Should You Feed An Adult Shiba Inu?
Adult Shiba Inus, in contrast, have attained physical maturity, and just need enough calories to get enough energy to go about their physical activities. Hence, most adult Shiba Inu dogs will do well with being fed twice daily.
A general guideline to meeting a Shiba Inu’s calorie requirements according to weight, and by extension, age is given below:
[ 13.636 X Weight (lbs) + 70 ] calories per day
Hence, if your Shiba Inu weighs 17.6 lbs, it will typically need to consume:
( 13.636 X 17.6 ) + 70 = approx. 310 calories of food per day
As mentioned, this method of evaluation is meant to serve as a guideline, and the amount of food your Shiba Inu will consume daily is largely dependent on factors such as:
- The pooch’s activity level
- Personal preference
- Physical conditioning
- Health status, among others
For more guidance on how much you should feed your Shiba Inu, it can also be helpful to check out label instructions of whatever food product you’re giving to the pooch.
What Should You Feed A Shiba Inu?
Feeding a Shiba Inu a diet with the appropriate nutritional requirements is important to prevent weight-related issues and ensure the pooch lives a long, healthy life.
The ideal healthy meal for a Shiba Inu is one that offers protein as its major source of nutrition. And it is equally important that this protein is gotten from a meat source such as chicken, turkey, or beef, among others.
Carbohydrates and healthy fats are also essential in sustaining a Shiba Inu’s active lifestyle, and along with vitamins and minerals, should be included in the pooch’s diet.
Shiba Inus thrive well on either dry kibble, wet meals, a raw diet or homemade food. And regardless of whichever food product you decide to feed your Shiba Inu with, you should examine the said product’s ingredients and ensure that you’ll be providing the pooch with great nutritional value.