Having a puppy of any kind is an adventure to say the least. But when it is a corgi, you see energy levels like no other. They have huge personalities and can keep any dog owner on their toes every step of the way. Part of their growth is having the right nutrition.
Feeding them the right food is important, but that isn’t the only matter. If you underfeed them, it basically guarantees that they won’t reach their full potential. Overfeeding, however, can lead to a number of different health issues.
This is why you need to find the right feeding routine for your corgi. Here is what you need to know about keeping your corgi healthy and properly fed.
How Much to Feed Your Corgi?
There are two areas that you need to be concerned with. The first is how much you feed them (and how often). The second is what you feed them. When you have the right balance, you can give your corgi the proper diet they need to be their best.
Starting out, your corgi will go from mother’s milk to dog food by the eight-week mark. At this point, they will take about 1/3 cup of food over four different meals throughout the day. This will increase to a full cup of food (still over four meals) by the four-month mark.
It is when they start to hit the five- to six-month mark where changes come. Start by dropping their number of meals, coming down to roughly two by the eight-month mark. It is then that the amount goes up to roughly 1.5 cups with one or two meals per day.
By the time they hit the twelve-month mark, they should be holding firm at the 1.5 cups per day over one or two meals. This is where they will keep their diet for the remainder of their days.
What to Feed Your Corgi?
When you know the schedule on which your corgi should be, it is time to determine what they will eat. Knowing how much to feed a corgi puppy, as well as what to feed them, can create the perfect balance that they need.
There are three options to choose from: dry kibble, wet food, and a raw food diet. Let’s take a look at each of them.
This is what most owners go with because it is easiest to control and the most affordable. Corgis are small, so you need to find a kibble that is best for them (think small bite puppy blends). This will ensure that they have an easy time eating while also getting the best nutritional value possible.
There are some that have scientifically crafted formulas that meet the needs of a puppy, especially a high-energy puppy like a corgi. Dry kibble is widely available, and can be found at just about any grocery store or pet store, making it easy for you to get the proper food for your corgi.
This is also an ideal option for those who don’t have the biggest budgets to work with. Feeding your pup wet food or even raw can get to be expensive quickly. If you want to keep your corgi healthy without breaking the bank, a dry option would be best.
Though it is slightly less common, a lot of corgi owners go with the wet food option. It has a higher moisture content, which is great for keeping your pup hydrated and also avoiding potential urinary tract issues.
There is also another major benefit and that is that it has fewer carbohydrates while still delivering the same amount of protein that dry food has. Some carbs can be fine for corgis, but too many can lead to more weight gain than their bodies are able to handle.
The final option is raw food. It is a lot more expensive and difficult to maintain, requiring a dedicated meal prep time. It is also a lot more difficult to control their feeding portions, more commonly leading to overfeeding and underfeeding.
That said, there are some major benefits to going with a raw food diet. It results in easier stools, which is a lot easier on your corgi. It also helps to boost their energy levels, allowing them to be the crazy little balls of energy that they are known to be. A raw food option also leads to healthier coats and skin, allowing them to be their best over longer periods of time.
Corgis are a lot of personality and energy in a small package. As is the case with any other kind of dog, you need to take the time to ensure that they have the proper diet. It means not just eating the right food but getting the right frequency.
Before long, you will notice that your corgi has all the energy that they need to be their best. It takes the right knowledge and food to make sure that it all comes together. When you can get the diet down right, you know that your corgi will have energy for years to come.