English mastiff puppy food amount

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Richard S Freeman, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Richard S Freeman

    Richard S Freeman New Member

    We just got an 8 wk old fawn english mastiff last week. He is awsome! He is very playful and seems very happy but he only eats around 2- 2 1/2 cups of food a day. Well under what they recommend they will. He was 16.6lbs 6 days ago and he weighs 18.6 now. I feed him nutri-source large breed puppy like the breeder fed. Is he considered a runt or should i be worried? I keep his bowl out always and he frequently eats just not much at one time. Normal or not?? Thank you anyone that has advise for me
  2. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Well-Known Member

    That sounds like enough kibble to me, especially when it's high quality. Although 16.6 at 8 wks sounds small for an EM it is not abnormally small and at this stage I wouldn't worry about it yet. You can expect him to gain about 4-5 pounds a week once he gets going.
  3. sadhbhsdad

    sadhbhsdad Active Member

    Hi, For what its worth when I fed kibble to my pup after we got her I never left food there for her to graze on throughout the day.
    I fed her 3 times per day and if she did not eat or started and did not finish within 5-10 mins of me presenting the food I would remove it and try again a little later. If she did not eat at second time offering I removed it and offered it back at next meal time.
    She is now fed raw so never an issue with refusing !

    Good luck with pup.
  4. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Well-Known Member

    I also wanted to mention my Bullmastiff was only 11.5 pounds at 8 wks. He grew about 3 pounds a weeks after I got him. 2 weeks ago he went to the vet. He was 117 pounds at 9.5 months and you can see his ribs because I keep him lean. This is exactly where I would expect him at this stage based on his parents size. Puppy size is a very poor indicator unless you can say it's due to a physical abnormality like a pituitary defect. The size of the parents and grandparents is the best predictor.
  5. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I got my big guy (EM) at 11 weeks old and he weighed 24 lbs. One thing I learnt is to ignore what he 'should' weigh and go by his body condition as he was constantly under the 'normal' range for his age. He typically put on 5 lbs a week but not always. He also taught me that a small puppy doesn't mean small adult. Sometimes it just means they take longer to get where their genetics say they should be.
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