Alaskan Malamute Question

We have a 11 week Alaskan Malamute puppy. The breeder says she will likely weigh around 110 lbs...

We have a 11 week Alaskan Malamute puppy. The breeder says she will likely weigh around 110 lbs fully grown. She currently weighs 17 lbs (again, at 11 wks) and eats 2-2 1/3 cups of Purina One Large Breed puppy food. The bag says for her size she should eat this amount. She looks underweight, the vet affirmed this a couple weeks ago, and I can feel her ribs/bones easily. She's also constantly hungry. Should I start feeding her more? If so, how much more? Thank you.

    In Alaskan Malamute - Asked by Anonymous - 11/10/2011 1:30:01 PM
Try switching her food to Blue Wilderness my malamute Juno has done well on it and his weight gain has been great 18weeks 45lbs not to mention his coat looks a whole lot better since the switch
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/13/2011 11:44:34 AM

Oh one thing I forgot to say is feed your Malamute three times a day untill she is six months old then switch to twice a day there after. Their body needs the extra cals during this stage of life
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/13/2011 11:48:14 AM

One thing I will say about the suggested feeding amounts on the back of dog food bags is they are not accurate for all dogs. I always tell people to feed what the dog needs, and to do that you have to check their body condition. You should be able to feel the ribs but not feel each vertabrae easily, and if the hip bones are strongly prominent, the dog is too skinny. If there is a fat layer over the ribs and it's hard to feel them, the dog is too fat. Something else to consider is with a dog that will get this big, you want to keep her lean as she grows. Feeding an overly rich food and letting her get fat can be hard on her joints too. There is a happy medium, keeping a growing puppy lean and fit, not to fat or too thin, and that will help her grow as soundly as possible. There are many foods out there that are better quality than Purina One. I like the Eagle Pack line of dry food and I also feed raw food (meat/bones/organs.)
    Answered by paws4hisglory - 11/15/2011 1:49:42 PM