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Whether you’re looking for a feeding schedule to help your Corgi puppy grow at the right rate or a daily dining chart to maintain a consistent weight for your adult or senior dog this article breaks down everything you need to know about the amount of food you should be feeding your Corgi to manage and maintain a healthy weight.
What is the ideal weight for a Corgi?
The ideal weight for an adult Corgi can vary depending on factors such as gender, size, and overall body composition.
On average, a healthy weight for an adult Corgi ranges between 25 to 30 pounds (11 to 14 kilograms) for males and 24 to 28 pounds (11 to 13 kilograms) for females.
However, it’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and individual Corgis may have slight variations in weight that are still considered healthy. Maintaining an ideal weight is crucial for a Corgi’s overall health and well-being, as it helps prevent obesity-related issues and supports their active lifestyle.
Regular exercise, portion control, and a balanced diet tailored to their specific needs are key factors in achieving and maintaining the ideal weight for an adult Corgi.
Corgi Feeding Chart
Depending on their life stage, an otherwise healthy Corgi should be eating at breakfast and dinner time. If you’ve got a puppy then they’ll need more food throughout the day to meet their energy requirements and growth goals. This table is a good reference for puppy, adult, and senior Corgis.
It’s broken down into dry (kibble) and fresh (human-grade) dog food. We’re strong advocates for fresh dog food here at FAQ, but know that not all families can afford the additional cost.
|Life Stage||Meals Per Day||Dry Dog Food (cups/day)||Fresh Dog Food (cups/day)|
How Much to Feed Your Corgi Puppy
Feeding a Corgi puppy throughout their first year requires careful attention to their nutritional needs and adjusting their diet as they grow. The following is a general guideline for the amount of food to feed a Corgi puppy in cups at various stages of their development:
Corgi Puppy Weight Gain Schedule
Month 1: During the first month, Corgi puppies rely solely on their mother’s milk for nutrition. Their average healthy target weight is around 0.5-1 pound.
Month 2: As Corgi puppies start weaning, a gradual transition to solid food begins. Their average healthy target weight is around 2-4 pounds. High-quality puppy food formulated for their specific needs should be introduced. The food should be moistened to make it easier for them to chew and digest.
Month 3: By the third month, Corgi puppies’ teeth are starting to come in, allowing them to eat dry kibble more comfortably. Their average healthy target weight is around 5-7 pounds. Their nutritional needs increase, requiring a well-balanced diet with appropriate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Month 4: At four months old, Corgi puppies experience a rapid growth spurt. Their average healthy target weight is around 8-10 pounds. It’s crucial to continue feeding them a nutrient-dense puppy food that supports their developing muscles, bones, and organs.
Month 5: As their activity levels increase, Corgi puppies may need slightly larger portions to fuel their energy. Their average healthy target weight is around 11-13 pounds. Regular feeding intervals and portion control are important to prevent overfeeding and potential weight gain.
Month 6: By the sixth month, Corgi puppies are considered adolescents. Their average healthy target weight is around 14-16 pounds. Gradually transitioning to an adult formula dog food with appropriate nutrient ratios and lower calorie content is recommended to prevent excessive weight gain during this stage.
Month 7: As Corgi puppies reach seven months, it’s essential to monitor their weight and body condition. Their average healthy target weight is around 15-18 pounds. Adjusting the portion sizes based on their activity level and maintaining a balanced diet will support their overall health and prevent obesity.
Month 8: By eight months old, Corgi puppies’ growth rate begins to slow down. Their average healthy target weight is around 16-20 pounds. Ensuring they receive a well-rounded diet with adequate amounts of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals is vital for their continued development.
Month 9: Corgi puppies at this stage should be on a consistent feeding schedule with appropriate portion sizes. Their average healthy target weight is around 17-21 pounds. Regular exercise is crucial to maintain their muscle tone and overall fitness.
Month 10: At ten months old, Corgi puppies are approaching adulthood. Their average healthy target weight is around 18-22 pounds. Transitioning to an adult dog food formula designed for their breed size will provide the necessary nutrients to support their mature development.
Month 11: As Corgi puppies near their first birthday, their nutritional requirements stabilize. Their average healthy target weight is around 19-23 pounds. Maintaining a balanced diet and monitoring their weight is important to ensure they reach adulthood with a healthy body condition.
Month 12: Congratulations! Your Corgi puppy has reached their first birthday and is officially an adult. Their average healthy target weight is around 20-25 pounds. Continue feeding them a high-quality adult dog food appropriate for a medium breed size and consult with your veterinarian for any specific dietary recommendations.
Remember, the average healthy target weights provided are general guidelines, and individual Corgi puppies may have variations. Regular veterinary check-ups and professional guidance will help ensure your puppy’s diet, feeding regimen, and weight management align with their growth and development.
Transitioning Your Adult Corgi to a Senior Diet
Transitioning a Corgi from adult dog food to a senior dog food is an important step in ensuring their health and well-being as they age. Senior Corgis have specific nutritional needs that differ from those of adult dogs, and making the switch to a senior formula can help address these changing requirements.
One of the key nutritional differences in senior dog food is a lower calorie content. As Corgis tend to be prone to weight gain, reducing their calorie intake can help maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity-related health issues. Senior dog food also typically contains higher levels of quality protein to support muscle maintenance and prevent muscle loss.
In addition to calorie and protein adjustments, senior dog food often includes added supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support. Corgis, like many other breeds, are susceptible to joint problems such as hip dysplasia, so providing these supplements can help promote joint health and mobility in their later years.
Another important consideration when transitioning a Corgi to senior dog food is the inclusion of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants help support the immune system and protect against age-related cell damage, while omega-3 fatty acids contribute to healthy skin and coat, brain function, and cardiovascular health.
It’s essential to introduce the new senior dog food gradually, mixing it with the current adult dog food to allow for a smooth transition. Start by replacing a small portion of the adult food with the senior food and gradually increase the ratio over a period of about a week or two. This gradual transition helps prevent digestive upset and allows the Corgi to adjust to the new food more easily.