A typical serving for an adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is 1/2 to 1 cup of excellent quality dry dog food per day. Cavalier puppies with smaller stomachs should only consume around 1/2 to 1 cup per day. Like in any breed, the amount of meals and snacks depend on its age, size, build, activity level and metabolism. Cavalier owners need to understand the basic nutritional needs of their dog as a breed as well as its individual characteristics.
It is worth noting that this breed can easily become fat so owners should go easy on the treats. Cavaliers are also good at using its charms to ask for more food. Quality time will be a better alternative as this also makes them happy.
Typical calorie needs of adult Cavaliers per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 400 calories daily
- Typical adults: up to 500 calories daily
- Physically active/working dogs: up to 800 calories daily
A Cavalier’s diet should be rich in nutrients that strengthen the heart, liver, kidney and overall circulatory health. Recommended diet are real meat protein, vegetables, and a grain-free food to keep carbohydrates at a minimum. Avoid feeding Cavaliers chocolate, nutmeg, avocado, garlic, onions, dairy products and grapes. There are more in the list of food to avoid. Research and create a list, so you don’t accidentally feed Cavaliers food that is toxic and dangerous to their health.
Supplements for the bone to lessen the chances of Hip Dysplasia, and for the coat to keep it shiny. Always consult your vet before buying any supplements.