Dog Calorie Requirement Charts

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The calorific requirements of dogs differs from dog to dog. In much the same way it differs from human being to human being in fact. We are all individuals. That said, a dog calorie chart can be useful in determining the calorie requirement of your canine friend.

Puppies and young, growing dogs, will need more calories than relatively inactive senior dogs. A working dog will require more calories than a lap dog. Age, individual metabolism and environment all have a bearing on this. As does the amount of exercise and general health of a dog. All matter in determining how many calories a dog needs to remain in peak condition.

Smaller dogs tend to burn more calories (energy) than larger dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs burn approximately 25% fewer calories than entire dogs. Highly active dogs will naturally burn more calories, as will any dog with a particularly high metabolic rate.

So I offer these calorie charts purely for guidance when estimating your dog’s calorific requirement. This is also known as its Resting Energy Requirement (RER) or Daily Energy Requirement.

If your dog has been spayed or neutered, remember to reduce the number of calories listed by 25%. But please also remember that these are purely guides. Individual metabolism can mean that these calculations need to be adjusted up or down by as much as 20%. Please bare this in mind when viewing each dog calorie chart.

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Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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  1. Hill Evangeline

    As mentioned, these calculations can only give crude, “zip-code” level estimates of your pet’s Calorie needs (and so how much to feed), which can change with time and circumstances. For example, some dog breeds also require more or less energy by the inherent nature of their breed. For example, an active Jack Russell Terrier versus a miniature poodle. Although both are about the same size, the highly active nature of the Jack Russell Terrier compared to the slower pace of the miniature poodle can result in very different energy intakes to maintain a healthy body condition.

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