Shiba Inus are one of the six dog breeds that are initiated from Japan. The Shiba Inu only came to the US in the 1950s, and it’s continuously gaining popularity. When I decided what puppy to get, I came across this fox-looking fur-face and fell in love with it.
The day I finally got my Shiba Inu, I was surprised at how much she eats. She can consume huge meal portions relative to her weight, higher than that of bigger dogs. In this short guide, I’ll walk you through how much Shiba Inus eat, including what you should feed them and how.
How Much Shiba Inus Eat
Generally, Shiba Inus metabolize their food faster because they’re small and energetic. They burn calories more quickly than other dogs, which means they also need to consume more calories. When I got my Shiba Inu, the breeders already fed her excellent food. So, I followed the feeding guidelines written in the label of her food for a few weeks. However, Shiba Inus have different food preferences.
When my Shiba Inu was a puppy, she liked eating moist food. Every meal, I give her a third of a cup of wet food. She ate three meals a day. When she gets older, she can consume almost two cups of kibble (either dry or moist) every day.
Eventually, I followed the formula below to get a more specific amount of calories I need to feed my Shiba Inu so she’d have enough energy to play:
- 30 x Weight (in kilograms) + 70
- My Shiba Inu weighs about 15 kilograms, so my calculation is:
- 30 x 15 + 70 = 520
- Therefore, my Shiba Inu needs to consume 520 calories a day.
However, remember that as Shiba Inus grow, their nutritional needs change. It can be affected by their health status, daily activities, and physical performance. I always consult my vet, and I advise you to do the same.
In feeding my Shiba Inu, I don’t just worry about the amount of food. I also make sure that she consumes the right amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to thrive.
- Carbohydrates – This nutrient is essential in sustaining my Shiba Inu’s active lifestyle. The general rule of thumb is to feed carbs based on how aggressive a Shiba Inu is. The more energetic and playful the Shiba Inu, the more carbohydrates it should consume.
- Fats – Fats are needed for energy production. Also, Shiba Inus need fatty acids to keep their fabulous coats healthy. I also make sure my Shiba Inu regularly eats meals rich in Omegas 3 and 6. These healthy fats are suitable for both humans and dogs.
- Protein – Protein is essential in renewing body cells and building muscles. The protein needs of a Shiba Inu depends on how big and bulky they are. Other factors are the amount of exercising they do, pregnancy (more proteins are needed for lactation), physical condition (injuries lessen protein needs), and age (also decreases protein needs because of lesser activity). On average, Shiba Inus need to consume ten amino acids. Protein has 22.
- Vitamins and Minerals – The rest of Shiba Inus’ nutritional requirements are needed to keep bones, brains, and immune systems healthy. The vitamins they need are A, D, and E. The minerals they need are calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and iodine.
All in all, the number of nutrients you should have in a Shiba Inu depends on how active they are. When their energy levels are through the roof, give them foods that facilitate energy production. I consult my vet all the time so that I can make safer feeding decisions.
What to Feed Shiba Inus
Now that we’ve covered how much food Shiba Inus eat, I’ll give you bonus information about what they eat and how you should feed them.
Type of Food for Shiba Inus
Shiba Inus dry, wet, raw, and homemade meals. When it comes to dry food, kibble is a popular choice, my Shiba Inu loves this food so much, especially when it’s a little moist. Fruits and veggies are also good options but careful about avoiding foods that are bad for dogs.
Wet foods are right because it dehydrates dogs at the same time. However, be careful because wet food causes teeth problems more than dry food.
Raw food is something to talk with your vet about. Shiba Inus love them because dogs are powerful enough to chew bones and fresh meat. However, there could be bacteria in the flesh, which is bad for dogs or animals, for that matter.
How to Feed Shiba Inus
This question is often asked when you swap your dog’s food. Transitioning to other food brands should be done gradually to avoid upsetting the dog’s stomach, mainly because the menu varies in nutritional content.
When I switched my Shiba Inu’s food, I did the transition for a full week by changing the amount of the old and new food on her bowl:
- Day 1 & 2: 75% current food, 25% new food
- Day 3 & 4: 50% current food, 50% new food
- Day 5, 6, & 7: 25% current food, 75% new food.
The following week, the transition was complete.
The bottom line is there’s no standard for the amount of food and nutrients Shiba Inus should consume. There are plenty of factors to consider—the most responsible thing you can do as a dog parent is run everything by your vet first.
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Why do I love Shiba Inus? Shiba Inu are bear-like dogs that are extremely adorable—with human-like mimics, amazing charisma and overflowing cuteness.