How Often to Feed a Yorkshire Terrier
The exact amount of food and the feeding times will vary depending on the how old your Yorkie is and your dog’s activity. In general, due to his very small size, this breed does best with 2 or 3 small meals per day. While other breeds may do okay with just one main meal, going for such long times in between feedings can cause problems that range from low blood sugar (signs are weakness and clumsiness) to stomach upset (the dog will vomit yellow/white foam).
Weaning age (4-7 weeks old) - 3 months old:
A puppy needs to be free-fed as he is being weaned
and up until he has gained enough weight to handle a more structured diet.. This is the term used when you leave food available at all times. This helps to prevent hypoglycemia and allows the pup to eat as needed during this important growth
3 months - 1 year:
It is time to now start scheduled meals. If you free fed at this age
, housebreaking will be much more difficult, as you will not be able to know when your pup needs to go outside. In addition, when a dog has a well scheduled day this equals better behavior. 3-4 meals per day is best. Morning, lunchtime, early evening (if 4 meals) and evening (no later than 2 hours before bedtime).
You will also want to make room for snacks, which should only be given as reward for good behavior or when command training. For this reason, your Yorkie will not be eating a lot of food at each meal time.
1 Year and on: A Yorkshire Terrier is an adult at the one year mark, so there can be some adjustments to how often you feed your dog and also the type of food (more ahead). At this point, two meals can be given as the minimum. You may find that your Yorkie prefers a bigger breakfast and a smaller dinner or vice versa and that is just fine.
As touched on above, if only one meal is given to this breed, it can cause issues including stomach upset. When there is no food in the stomach, bile can build up. Also, going for too long of a time without sustenance can cause blood sugar levels to drop too low.
How Much to Feed a Yorkshire Terrier
Different foods will have have varying levels of calories; some are calorie dense and others, not as much. Therefore, there is no exact rule such as 1/2 cup for a 6 month old puppy. On average, a growing puppy needs 45 to 55 calories per pound of body weight per day. Adults need less per pound. If you are feeding your Yorkie a manufactured food, you'll want to be sure to read the label, which often shows serving sizes determined by weight. If you are home cooking, this sort of wholesome food is very calorie dense and often less is needed than with dry kibble. A Yorkie will eat anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup per meal.