Small breed dogs generally weigh less than 10kg. Even though they are physically smaller
than large dogs
, they have a higher metabolic rate. As a result they need to be fed smaller volumes of higher energy food compared to larger dogs. Small breed dogs
can be prone to obesity because people often overestimate the amount they should be fed. All dogs, including small dogs, should be fed according to their ideal body weight. Your vet will advise you on the ideal weight for your pet. Look on the pack of food and follow the feeding guidelines for that weight - divide the daily amount into 2-3 smaller meals per day.
Purina ONE Small Breed kibble is formulated to meet the specific nutrient and energy requirements of small dogs. The kibble size has been reduced compared to standard and large breed dog foods, which makes it easier for smaller dogs to chew. Feeding kibble is a great way to help clean your dog's teeth, which can prevent the build up of dental plaque and tartar.
Remember that all dogs require at least 30 minutes of exercise per day - the intensity of the exercise will vary with the age and specific breed of your dog. This will not only help prevent obesity, but it will provide your dog with social and environmental enrichment to help them live a long, happy and healthy life.
Learn more about Purina ONE Small Breed.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.