How Much Does a Yorkie Eat a Day? (+How Many Times) 

A Yorkshire Terrier eats a quarter (1/4) to a half (1/2) cup daily; smaller portions than other dogs because of its small physique and minimal appetite. Yorkshire puppies eat 3-4 meals a day and adult Yorkies eat 2 times per day, the frequency and amount of nutrition decreasing as the puppies go on in age.

Keep reading to learn all about the daily diet of a Yorkie, along with their eating preferences, and any problems you might encounter while feeding them.

How much food should I feed my Yorkie per day?

If you own a Yorkshire Terrier, you must be aware of the fact that their dietary needs differ from other dog breeds, especially because of their size and weight difference, hence they should be fed as such. A Yorkie’s daily intake of food can depend on their health, age and weight, so the amount of food each Yorkie eats differs.

Why do Yorkies have a smaller appetite than most dogs?

Yorkies do not grow bigger, no matter how much food you feed them, that’s just how they’re built, and an incorrigible fact. So it’s no surprise that Yorkies also have tinier stomachs than most dog breeds for example German Shepherd, hence they consume less food on a daily basis because of less body mass and weight.

What factors should I be mindful of while feeding my Yorkie?

While preparing the food for your Yorkie, there are some factors you need to keep in mind to figure out how much food your dog requires and alter the portions accordingly:

·        Age (puppy or adult)

·        Weight and body mass

·        Physical activities of your dog

·        Health

·        Metabolism

·        Seasonal change

How many calories should Yorkies consume depending on their age and weight?

According to Yorkie Info Center, Yorkie puppies need about 55-60 calories per pound body weight daily, 40-44 calories for adult Yorkies, and 34-38 calories for senior Yorkies (depending on the amount of physical activity they do). Although these are the general requirements, there’s no specific need to count calories, as feeding portions can differ from Yorkie to Yorkie.

How much food is suitable to give to newborn Yorkies?

Since young puppies are being weaned, they should be free-fed (leaving the food out to be available and accessible to the puppy at all times in case they feel like eating or munching). Newborns rely on their mother’s milk for nutrition, but as they grow a bit, they need steadily available nutrition in their most important years.

What amount of solid foods are best to give to a 4 month old Yorkshire Terrier?

When Yorkies reach the age of 4 months, start scheduling their meals, usually being ¼ to ¾ cups and 3-4 meals over the morning, lunchtime, afternoon, and late evening. During this age you can start feeding your dog wet feed mixed in with dry kibble softened up in water, moving on to dry kibble as the Yorkie gets older.

Why is it good to feed a Yorkie less food as they become senior in age?

As a dog ages, they become more susceptible to diseases such as obesity, heart diseases and cancer, hence it’s better to reduce their calorie intake and portions as they age. Senior Yorkies only take 2 meals per day, increasing their affinity of avoiding age-related diseases and prolonging their life-span.

How do I make a feeding schedule for my Yorkie?

According to a Yorkie feeding guide, after 4 months of age it’s imperative to make a feeding schedule for your Yorkie, as your dog needs a stable nutritional routine to follow now. Making a steady schedule will not only help you track your dog’s feeding portions, but will also help you remember how much to feed your dog on a daily basis.

Is it important to monitor my Yorkie’s daily diet while he’s growing?

Monitoring your dog’s feeding portions will help you check for any anomalies or rapid changes in their appetite, signaling that they’re growing and will now need you to change their feeding portions according to their appetite. It will also help you find out if the amount of food you’re giving is enough for the energy your dog needs throughout the day.

How should I measure and divide the portion sizes of a Yorkie’s food throughout the day?

Most Yorkies eat a hearty meal in the morning, followed by a normal one in the lunchtime or the afternoon, and a smaller meal at night. You can figure you the serving size by either looking at the back of the dog feed box, or by measuring with a measuring cup or a kitchen scale for more accuracy.

What is hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia in dogs like Yorkies is a condition that appears and persists if their blood glucose level falls below the normal amount, smaller dogs being the center of high risk because of their stagnant and unchanging weights. Hypoglycemia in dogs can be caused by immensely stressful conditions, poor nutrition, and low temperatures.

How much food should I give my Yorkie to solve the issues of hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is common in young pups, mainly because they don’t know what foods to eat to replenish their energy once its burnt out, so give them foods that will maintain steady blood sugar levels. Always have foods like sugar water, corn syrup, or Nutri-Cal on hand, and consult your vet if your dog’s blood sugar levels still remain low despite precautions.

How much food should an obese Yorkie intake per day?

If your dog has become obese, chances are that you failed to maintain a feeding schedule for your dog and now they’ve amassed more weight than they can handle. Before all this can happen and even after, there are precautions you can take to make sure your dog remains healthy, for example, calorie control, healthier meals, portion control, low-fat foods etc.

What kinds of foods should never be given to Yorkies?

Even though table foods aren’t hazardous to your dog, they should still be given in moderation. There are some foods that cause health problems, and should never be given to Yorkies, such as; caffeine, avocados, macadamia nuts, carbonated drinks, energy drinks, alcohol, onion, garlic, and dairy products.