Your breeder should have given you a diet
sheet and possibly a small supply of what ever food the puppy had been eating.
this should list quantities and feeding times. As a young puppy develops the
amount of food should increase.
In the first few days whilst trying to
acclimatize to new surroundings a puppy may loose its appetite and often you
will be tempted to try all sorts of food in desperation. A call to the breeder
is the better course of action as they will often know exactly what that
particular dogs favourites are. Remember he may have had to compete for
attention at meal times, now on his own he has no reason to hurry his
If the puppy is plump then it is eating
enough, as a general rule puppies should be fed 3 times a day from 8 to 12
weeks and twice a day from then till they are between 9 and 12 months dependant
on breeder preference.
An adult Cavalier should normally receive
one meal per day or the same amount spread over two feedings. If the dog is
getting fat are you offering too many tit-bits, remember the breed standard
weight of 12 to 18 pounds although you are looking for a well balanced dog and
some exceed those weights and are quite healthy. If your dog is pushing well
into the 20 pound bracket then it may well be over weight and a candidate for
associated health risks.
Raw vegetables are always well received
but not the scraps from the table from the meal that you didn't finish
yourselves. There are many good quality dog food manufacturers that spend a lot
of time and expense on nutrition development so keep to them.
Clean water must always be available for
the dog to drink.