Diets for Small Puppies

Smaller breed dogs can be hyperactive.  Fox Terriers and Jack Russells have higher energy requirements than a Chihuahua but they all require a diet that is designed to help with their rapid growth and high metabolic rate. A smaller breed is considered to be an adult size somewhere between 12-15 months.

  • Small breeds grow much more quickly than larger dogs. This means that, per gram of body weight, they need to eat much more food. Buying puppy food for small dogs ensures that they get a calorie dense food to make up for their small stomachs.
  • Likewise, they cannot eat a lot at a time. They will need feeding several times a day, more often than their larger counterparts.
  • Their kibble or food size will need to be smaller, to accommodate their small mouths. Large kibble can make chewing and swallowing difficult for a small breed puppy.
  • If you are using a raw food diet, make sure you have carefully researched and planned the nutrient content for their specific needs – they will often need to eat more as raw food is less calorie dense, so plan accordingly.

For the health of your small breed puppy, it is important to choose a high quality, calorie dense diet that will support them into adulthood.