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It depends on the dog.
What I've read on other threads around GRF about Fromm, and what I experienced when I had my golden on a premium kibble (Prairie Variety) for a short time - you need to feed at least four cups a day. Otherwise your dog will be very hungry and trying to eat everything to compensate.
Saturday night we had the collie over to the vet to have his shoulder checked out (pinched nerve) and discovered that he had dropped 8 pounds in a month. He is still 61 pounds and a very healthy weight, but my sister was concerned that she has been underfeeding her dog. He's 25 inches at the shoulder, so technically should weigh at least 65-68 pounds.
The vet honestly told her to go by the dog and have monthly weights done to make sure he's not continuing to lose weight. When my sister asked if she's feeding him enough (2 cups a day), the vet declined to give her a specific answer other than reminding her not to go by the amounts on the bags. The dog food companies want you to feed your dog more so you buy more food more often. She then added that she suggests people start with 2 cups (for an adult dog) and go from there, again with monthly weights.
My sister is now going to be adding a 1/2 cup to get her collie's weight up at least 5 pounds.
With my guy, he only gets 3/4 cup of food per meal (1 1/2 cups a day). And he gets milkbones and training treats throughout the day + finishing my supper for me every night. He has been in the 80-82 lb range for the past eleven months, so I gather he's not starving to death.
The collie is on a prescription diet (Hills) for stomach problems. We have been weaning him onto the same kibble as our golden (Nutro Ultra). Either kibble has plenty of filler so the dog is content with only 2 cups a day.
I don't buy the food for the collie, but one 15 pound bag of Ultra lasts 1.5 months. I bought a bag in mid October and shouldn't have to buy another until late December. That comes out to be $180/year.
ETA - for a large breed puppy on something like Ultra, you will be feeding at least 3 cups a day for the first year. They are growing a TON and will need more food to compensate. After a year, you can start weaning back to only 2 cups. Or continue to feed at least 3 cups until you notice your dog gaining weight instead of maintaining a healthy weight.
Last edited by Megora; 11-08-2010 at 10:25 AM.