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Not all dogs eat the same things. The nutrients they need are similar, but the amounts and diets vary depending on several factors, including size. You don't feed a big dog like you do for a little one. Small dogs indeed have specific dietary needs.

  Summary:

. Multiplying meals
. Different evolution and growth
. Resist the temptation to spoil them
. Focus on quality

Despite their small dimensions, small dogs have considerable energy needs. They are characterized, in fact, by
often intense activity, but also accelerated metabolisms compared to their large congeners. Their growth is also faster and their life expectancy is generally higher. Added to the small size of their stomachs and their mouths, all this makes the diet of small dogs different from that of doggies of medium and large breeds.

Multiplying meals

Small dogs have significant energy needs. At the same time, their bodies are not "equipped" to handle such amounts of high-calorie foods. They have, in fact, a much smaller mouth and stomach than those of large dogs. This difference between the food needs of small dogs and their digestive system can give rise to digestive problems if their diet is not suitable.

This is why it is often recommended to split the meals of small dogs. It makes more sense to share their daily dose of food with 2 to 4 snacks, rather than giving them just one meal a day.

Different evolution and growth

In general, dogs belonging to small breeds experience faster growth, as well as slower aging, in addition to their longer life expectancy than in large dogs. The accelerated growth of small dogs means that they need a more concentrated diet rich in growth nutrients.
In addition, they live longer and therefore risk accumulating more free radicals, especially those induced by pollution, stress, and all kinds of external aggressions. They must, therefore, be protected against these oxidative stress factors by having higher antioxidant contents.

Resist the temptation to spoil them

We often tend to want to spoil small dogs by systematically offering them treats or by giving them table scraps. This is obviously detrimental to their health, and this, for more than one reason: it is bad for their digestion, especially because of the bad fats that these dishes and treats can contain, as well as for their weight, which can quickly climb and expose them to a variety of serious illnesses.

This is also behaviorally harmful, as the dog eventually develops the bad habit of insisting on treats and leftovers.

Focus on quality

Small dogs should, therefore, receive a suitable diet in terms of the quantity (or rather the frequency of meals) and quality.
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