Pugs love food. They can be coerced in to doing just about anything if the promise of food is involved. Unfortunately, Pugs also tend to have weight issues. They will eat as much as you give them so extreme care must be taken to ensure they do not become overweight.
The feeding chart below is a sample schedule of what the average Pug will need as they grow. You should consult your veterinarian regarding the exact amount that is right for your Pug.
Maintaining a consistent diet and activity level is essential to overall pug health. Since they are so small, even an extra pound or two can greatly impact their health. It is important to make sure you know how much food your pug needs each day and that you are feeding them a protein and nutrient-rich diet.
With so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. In this article, we’ll walk you through diet recommendations so you can decide the best option for your pug based on their age, activity, and tastes.
Now that you have a good idea as to how much you should be feeding your pug, how about what type of dog food. We have a full article already dedicated to explaining the best dog food for pugs that you can check out. This will give you a good idea as to what exactly you should be feeding your pug.
Times per Day
Amount Each Time
12 months & older
1-2 times/day, depending on activity & health of individual pug
How Often Should You Feed a Pug?
The daily amount of food a pug needs will vary slightly for each individual pug, but there are general guidelines to follow based on your pug’s age and overall health. For example, it is always best to stick to a consistent and controlled feeding schedule.
The chart below provides recommendations on the amount of food and number of daily servings for the average pug. Your individual pug may have their own dietary needs or specific directions from a vet, but for most pugs, following these feeding guidelines will keep them happy and healthy.
Dietary Dos and Don’ts
Each pug’s specific needs will vary, but regardless of their age, free feeding is not recommended. Like many other small dog breeds, pugs are at a higher risk for obesity. Obesity can cause other serious conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint pain, so it is especially important to monitor their diet.
For puppies, it is best to provide multiple small servings of food throughout the day. The higher the quality of the food, the more nutrient-dense it will be. So if you are feeding your puppy high quality wet and dry food, they may need less than four servings to get all of their daily nutrients.
As they age, the recommended serving size increases and you can feed them less frequently throughout the day. For fully-grown adult pugs, one to two meals per day is sufficient. The most important thing is making sure they are getting the necessary nutrients.
While there are great options for both dry and wet dog food, dry food is usually the healthier choice because it is generally lower in sodium and helps maintain teeth health.
Our Top Picks for the Best Pug Food
Picking between all of the different dog foods out there can be a hard process, especially when you want to make sure you are feeding your pug only the best food possible. The three different types of dog food below are all great choices if you don't know where to start.
Now that we’ve covered the most important factors to consider when creating a healthy diet for your pug, let’s take a look at some of our favorite dry food choices.
For a more in depth look at the best dog food for pugs please see our linked guide.
Blue Buffalo Freedom chicken-flavored kibble has high levels of carbohydrates and protein, making it an excellent option for smaller dogs like pugs with higher energy needs. The kibble is also designed specifically for smaller jaws and includes ingredients that promote tartar removal. If your dog is allergic to grain or gluten, Blue Buffalo’s recipe is free of both.
Another favorite of ours, Wellness Core’s line for small breeds is packed with protein and essential nutrients. Its recipe is rich in Omega Fatty Acids, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin to promote skin, coat, bone, and joint health. It also includes a variety of natural supplements and antioxidants, providing a healthy and well-rounded option for your pug.
Another great natural option, Orijen Original Dry Dog Food uses whole foods similar to what wolves eat in the wild. With a variety of meat, fish, and eggs in its recipe, it is rich in protein and essential nutrients. It is free of concentrates and uses only natural ingredients to create its great flavor.
For a more detailed review of each of these options, check this article on our favorite dog food for pugs.
In conclusion, it is most important to maintain a consistent feeding schedule for your pug based on their age, health, and daily activity. Choosing nutritious, protein-rich dry food and following the recommended serving sizes will prevent help prevent obesity and other related health issues.
By keeping track of your pug’s eating schedule and making sure they are eating nutritious food and getting plenty of outside activity, you can keep your Pug safe, healthy, and happy!