Afghan Hound Food Calculator, Feeding Guide, and Chart

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Introduction to Feeding the Afghan Hound

Most dog owners do not know how to properly feed their dogs.

Also, most dog owners overfeed their dogs.

That explains why 59 percent of dogs and cats are overweight, according to research.

Overfeeding your Afghan Hound will make your Afghan Hound overweight and obese. Obesity leads to worse health problems for your Afghan Hound.

Fortunately, the Afghan Hound is a dog breed that does not become overweight very easily.

Nevertheless, you still need to pay careful attention to what you feed your Afghan Hound and how much food you feed your Afghan Hound.

Furthermore, when you overfeed your Afghan Hound, you waste dog food. Wasting dog food is the same as wasting money. Dog food is a recurring expenditure that adds up to a lot of money over the lifespan of your Afghan Hound.

The average lifespan of the Afghan Hound is 11.9 years.

When you feed your Afghan Hound the right type of food and the right amount of food, your Afghan Hound will be of the right body weight and the right body condition (not overweight or underweight).

Similarly, underfeeding your Afghan Hound is as bad of a problem as overfeeding your Afghan Hound.

When you underfeed your Afghan Hound or feed your Afghan Hound an incomplete or unbalanced diet, you reduce your Afghan Hound`s quality of life.

The right amount of food that your Afghan Hound needs depends on six important factors.

You need to take all these factors into account when developing a meal plan for your Afghan Hound. These six factors are:

  • The life stage of your Afghan Hound (puppy, adult, or senior)
  • The current weight of your Afghan Hound
  • The body condition of your Afghan Hound (normal weight, overweight, underweight)
  • How active your Afghan Hound is (inactive/obese prone, or active/athletic)
  • If your Afghan Hound has been spayed/neutered
  • The type of dog food that you feed your Afghan Hound

This article will provide you with a detailed guide on how to properly feed your Afghan Hound based on the above factors as recommended by veterinarians.

This article also includes the Afghan Hound food calculator that you can use to estimate how much food to feed your Afghan Hound based on the six factors we have just mentioned.

Our Afghan Hound food calculator uses the dog food formula and feeding guidelines developed by the veterinarians from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and by veterinarians from the Mark Morris Institute.

Moreover, our calculator knows the calorie content per cup in over 800 popular dog foods (data from the Frankin Animal Clinic). Thus, the calculator can automatically calculate the right amount of each popular dog food that your Afghan Hound needs daily.

Importantly, since the nutrient requirements of the Afghan Hound puppy are different from the nutrient requirements of the adult Afghan Hound, this article contains recommendations on the best food to feed the Afghan Hound at different ages.

Feeding the Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Food Calculator

Afghan Hound Dog Food Calculator

Type in/select dog food from list OR enter food KCAL/CUP number
*Enter a value below ONLY IF you want to feed your dog to LOSE WEIGHT or GAIN WEIGHT. Your dog should be 10 months or older
Expert Mode
The calculator will use the custom RER multiplier that you have entered and the current weight of your Afghan Hound to calculate how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

The Afghan Hound Food Calculator above lets you estimate how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

Similarly, to calculate how much water your Afghan Hound needs, check out our Afghan Hound water calculator

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Our dog water calculator lets you estimate how much water your Afghan Hound needs to drink in a day.

How to Use our Afghan Hound Food Calculator

To use the dog food calculator:

✔ Select the name of the dog food that you feed your Afghan Hound from the list.

✔ If the name of the dog food that your feed your Afghan Hound is not on the list, then find the bag or can of your dog food, the bag should have written on it how many kcals per cup is in the dog food. Enter this value in the calculator in the place of the dog food name.

Check the label of your commercial dog food to know the calorie content per cup in that dog food

✔ Enter the current weight of your Afghan Hound.

✔ Select your Afghan Hound`s age range, activity level, and neuter status.

✔ If your Afghan Hound is overweight or underweight, and you want your Afghan Hound to lose or gain weight, enter the ideal weight of your Afghan Hound for its current age in the `How much you wish your dog currently weighs` box. Leave this box blank if your Afghan Hound is of normal weight.

To know how much Afghan Hounds typically weigh at different ages, check out our article and calculators on Afghan Hound weight and growth.

CONSULT A LICENSED VETERINARIAN FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR DOG ON A WEIGHT LOSS OR WEIGHT GAIN DIET.

How the Afghan Hound Food Calculator Works

First, the calculator estimates what is known as the Resting Energy Requirement (RER) of your Afghan Hound.

The RER is the amount of energy that your Afghan Hound needs when it is `resting`, that is when doing nothing. The calculator uses the current weight of your Afghan Hound to calculate your Afghan Hound`s resting energy.

Next, the calculator scales up the resting energy by a factor that corresponds to your Afghan Hound`s life stage (puppy or adult) and lifestyle (activity level, spayed/neutered, etc). This scaled up energy value (called the maintenance energy) is the energy that your Afghan Hound needs to maintain its life when not resting.

Finally, the Afghan Hound food calculator divides the maintenance energy by the amount of energy in one cup of dog food to calculate how many cups of dog food your Afghan Hound needs.

Monitoring Your Afghan Hound`s Growth

Tracking your Afghan Hound`s weight will let you catch abnormal growth.

The answer from the Afghan Hound food calculator is a starting point number on how much food you need to feed your Afghan Hound.

Start by feeding your Afghan Hound the amount of food recommended by the Afghan Hound food calculator every day.

While feeding your Afghan Hound this daily amount of food, weigh your Afghan Hound at least once a week to ensure that your Afghan Hound is not on its way to becoming overweight or underweight.

If your Afghan Hound is becoming overweight, reduce the amount of food your feed it by 10 to 15 percent, if underweight increase its food by 10 to 15 percent.

You can use our dog weight tracking tool to keep records of your Afghan Hound`s weight. This tool will let you know if the feeding plan is making your Afghan Hound grow normally or abnormally.

You can also check your Afghan Hound body condition score to find out if it is overweight or underweight. Learn how to check your Afghan Hound body condition score here.

Afghan Hound Feeding Chart

Below is the typical feed chart for the Afghan Hound. This chart provides you a rough guide on how much dry dog food (kibble) to feed your Afghan Hound.

If you want a more accurate estimate of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound, use this Afghan Hound food calculator.

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Age Typical Weight How Much Food
12 weeks 24.7 lbs (11.2 kg) 3.3 cups per day
16 weeks 33.5 lbs (15.2 kg) 4.2 cups per day
17 weeks 35.5 lbs (16.1 kg) 2.9 cups per day
18 weeks 37.4 lbs (17.0 kg) 3.0 cups per day
5 months 40.9 lbs (18.5 kg) 3.2 cups per day
6 months 46.9 lbs (21.3 kg) 3.6 cups per day
7 months 51.7 lbs (23.5 kg) 3.8 cups per day
8 months 55.6 lbs (25.2 kg) 4.1 cups per day
9 months 58.6 lbs (26.6 kg) 4.2 cups per day
10 months 61.0 lbs (27.6 kg) 4.3 cups per day
11 months 62.7 lbs (28.4 kg) 4.4 cups per day
12 months 64.0 lbs (29.0 kg) 4.5 cups per day
2 years 66.5 lbs (30.1 kg) 3.7 cups per day
3 years 66.5 lbs (30.1 kg) 3.7 cups per day
5 years 66.5 lbs (30.1 kg) 3.7 cups per day

How to Measure the Right Amount of Dog Food for Your Afghan Hound

Research has shown that most owners over-measure a cup of dog food. As a result, most dogs owners overfeed their dogs. This is because dog owners do not level off the cup when measuring out the food they give to their dogs.

See how and how not to measure ONE cup of dry dog food in the picture below:

How to properly measure ONE cup of dry dog food

Note that one cup of dog food equals 8 oz of dog food or ~237 milliliters of dog food.

You can buy standard dog food measuring cups here on Amazon.

Guide on how to feed the Afghan Hound

How Much Food to Feed the Afghan Hound

How Much Food to Feed a 12-Week-Old Afghan Hound Puppy

You should feed your 12-week-old Afghan Hound puppy 3.3 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

You may divide this food into two or three separate meals and give it to your Afghan Hound puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food should feed your 12-week-old Afghan Hound puppy assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 12-week-old Afghan Hound puppy is 24.7 lbs (11.2 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound a dog food with a calorie content of 389 kcal per cup.

If you want a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound puppy based on its exact weight, the exact type of dog food that you feed your Afghan Hound, and other factors, use our Afghan Hound food calculator.

How Much Food to Feed a 20-Week-Old Afghan Hound Puppy

You should feed your 20-week-old Afghan Hound puppy 3.2 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

You may divide this food into two or three separate meals and give it to your Afghan Hound puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food should feed your 20-week-old Afghan Hound puppy assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 20-week-old Afghan Hound puppy is 40.9 lbs (18.5 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound a dog food with a calorie content of 389 kcal per cup.

If you want a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound puppy based on its exact weight, the exact type of dog food that you feed your Afghan Hound, and other factors, use our Afghan Hound food calculator.

How Much Food to Feed a 5-Month-Old Afghan Hound Puppy

You should feed your 5-month-old Afghan Hound puppy 3.2 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your Afghan Hound puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your 5-month-old Afghan Hound puppy assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 5-month-old Afghan Hound puppy is 40.9 lbs (18.5 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound dog food that has an average calorie density (389 kcal per cup).

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator to calculate a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

How Much Food to Feed a 6-Month-Old Afghan Hound Puppy

You should feed your 6-month-old Afghan Hound puppy 3.6 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your Afghan Hound puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your 6-month-old Afghan Hound puppy assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 6-month-old Afghan Hound puppy is 46.9 lbs (21.3 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound dog food that has an average calorie density (389 kcal per cup).

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator to calculate a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

How Much Food to Feed a 6-Year-Old Afghan Hound

You should feed your 6-year-old Afghan Hound 3.7 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your Afghan Hound over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you need to feed your 6-year-old Afghan Hound assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 6-year-old Afghan Hound puppy is 66.5 lbs (30.1 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound dog food of that contains 389 kilocalories of energy per cup.

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

How Much Food to Feed a 11-Year-Old Afghan Hound

You should feed your 11-year-old Afghan Hound 3.7 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your Afghan Hound over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you need to feed your 11-year-old Afghan Hound assumes that the weight of your Afghan Hound is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 11-year-old Afghan Hound puppy is 66.5 lbs (30.1 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound dog food of that contains 389 kilocalories of energy per cup.

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

How Much Food to Feed a 31-Pound Afghan Hound

You should feed your 31-Pound Afghan Hound 2.3 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate potions and give it to your Afghan Hound over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound a dog food that has an energy content of 389 kilocalories per cup, and that your Afghan Hound is reproductively intact.

Also, we assume that your Afghan Hound is not overweight or underweight.

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

How Much Food to Feed a 35-Pound Afghan Hound

You should feed your 35-Pound Afghan Hound 2.6 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate potions and give it to your Afghan Hound over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your Afghan Hound also assumes that you feed your Afghan Hound a dog food that has an energy content of 389 kilocalories per cup, and that your Afghan Hound is reproductively intact.

Also, we assume that your Afghan Hound is not overweight or underweight.

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your Afghan Hound.

Best Food for Afghan Hound. Afghan Hound Feeding Guide

The Afghan Hound has different nutrient needs at different life stages. Therefore, the dog food that you feed your Afghan Hound at different ages should be the type that is appropriate for its age.

For example, during its puppy stage, your Afghan Hound needs the type of dog food that has been designed to help boost a puppy`s weak immune system.

On the other hand, the adult Afghan Hound should have already developed a good immune system. So, during the adult stage, you should feed your Afghan Hound the type of dog food that has been designed to prolong the life of a dog.

Nevertheless, some dogs still do well eating the same food at every stage of their lives.

However, feeding your Afghan Hound dog food that has been optimized for its age will ensure that your Afghan Hound grows well, lives well, and lives long.

Feeding Guide for the Afghan Hound Puppy: 12 weeks to one year

The dog food that you feed your puppy should have the nutrients that will boost a puppy`s immune system since puppies easily get infected with the disease at this age.

Also, a good puppy food should have the nutrients that support brain development and good vision.

Finally, a good dog food for the Afghan Hound puppy should be the type that will not make your Afghan Hound fat. The puppy food should also help increase the health of your puppy`s bones.

See our list of the best dry dog food and the best wet dog food for the Afghan Hound puppy below.

These dog foods have all the right amount of nutrients that the Afghan Hound puppy needs to grow well during its puppy years.

Best Dry Food For Afghan Hound Puppy: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Puppy, Chicken Meal & Barley Recipe

Best Wet Food For Afghan Hound Puppy: Purina Pro Plan High Protein Wet Puppy Food

Feeding Guide for the Young Adult Afghan Hound: Ages 1 year to 6 years

The dog food that you feed a young adult Afghan Hound should have the nutrients that will make a dog live longer.

A good dog food for the young adult Afghan Hound should also have the nutrients that will minimize the chances of your Afghan Hound getting infected with common dog diseases.

Also, a good dry dog food for the young adult Afghan Hound should help clean your dog`s teeth as your dog chews on the food.

Below is our best dog food recommendations for the young adult Afghan Hound

Best Dry Food For Young Adult Afghan Hound: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult Oral Care for Dental Health Dog Food, Chicken Rice & Barley Recipe

Best Wet Food For Young Adult Afghan Hound: Hill`s Science Diet Wet Dog Food, Chicken & Barley

Feeding Guide for Mature Adult Afghan Hounds: 6 years and older

You should feed the mature adult Afghan Hound food that has been formulated to improve their quality of life, increase their life expectancy, and increase their overall health.

Older dogs are prone to age-related health problems. A good diet is essential to minimize the possibility of becoming frail with age.

See our recommendation on the best food for the mature adult Afghan Hound below:

Best Dry Food For Mature Adult Afghan Hound: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Dogs, Chicken Meal, Barley & Brown Rice Recipe

Best Wet Food For Mature Adult Afghan Hound: Hill`s Science Diet Wet Dog Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Dogs, Beef & Barley Recipe

Feeding Guide for Senior Dogs

One way to slow down the effects of aging in dogs is to reduce the amount of food you feed old dogs by 20 to 30% of normal while meeting essential nutrient needs.

Reducing a senior Afghan Hound`s food slows the aging process and reduces the risk for cancer, kidney diseases, arthritis, and immune-related diseases.

AAFCO-Certified Dog Food for the Afghan Hound

No matter which commercial food that you feed your Afghan Hound, make sure that the food is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

AAFCO is an expert body that rigorously tests dog food to make sure that the dog food is safe.

Also, AAFCO ensures that a dog food has all the nutrients (not just calories) that a dog needs to grow well before AAFCO approves the dog food.

Unlike homemade dog food, most commercial dog foods are AAFCO-approved. Double-check the label of your dog food to make sure it has been certified by AAFCO before feeding it to your Afghan Hound.

How much food Afghan Hound should eat

How Many Times to Feed the Afghan Hound a Day

When it comes to how many times to feed a dog, there are three different ways to feed the Afghan Hound

One way is to make food available to the Afghan Hound at all times (free-choice feeding).

Another way is to feed the Afghan Hound two or three times a day (food-restricted feeding). This is the feeding method that works the best for most Afghan Hounds.

The third way is to make food available to your Afghan Hound for a short time (about 10 minutes) once or twice a day (time-restricted feeding).

Each of these feeding methods has its advantages and disadvantages, which will be discussed next.

Free-Choice Feeding

This is a feeding method when you make food available to your Afghan Hound all the time.

Note that free-choice feeding is not recommended for large- and giant-breed puppies like the Afghan Hound puppies until these puppies have reached 12 months of age.

Food-Restricted Meal Feeding

Food-limited feeding requires feeding a measured amount of food based on the Afghan Hound’s daily energy requirements divided into two or three meals per day.

This is the method of choice for feeding puppies that are at risk of developing bone diseases due to rapid growth. Restricting the food of a rapidly growing dog will ensure that the dog grows normally.

Time-Limited Feeding

This is a dog feeding method in which dogs are allowed access to food for a short period, usually 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice daily (three times per day for the first month after weaning, then twice per day).

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Method Advantages Disadvantages
Free-choice feeding
  • Requires less work on your part
  • Requires less knowledge
  • If you own many Afghan Hounds, the less dominant Afghan Hounds will have a better chance of getting their share of food
  • You have less control over how much food your Afghan Hound eats
  • Makes it hard for you to monitor how much food your Afghan Hound is eating
  • This feeding method can easily make your Afghan Hound overweight
Food-restricted feeding
  • You have control over how much food your Afghan Hound eats
  • You can quickly tell if your Afghan Hound`s appetite suddenly changes
  • You have better control of your Afghan Hound`s weight
Time-restricted feeding
  • You have a little bit of control over how much food your Afghan Hound eats
  • You will be able to tell if your Afghan Hound`s appetite suddenly changes
  • You cannot really control how much food your Afghan Hound eats
  • This feeding method can easily make your Afghan Hound overweight
  • This feeding method requires a lot of work on your part
Afghan Hound diet

Effect of Neutering/Spaying on How Much Food your Afghan Hound eats

Neutered/spayed dogs tend to get fat twice as easily as intact dogs.

Studies have shown that neutering/spaying may increase your Afghan Hound`s appetite for more food. Also, your Afghan Hound`s physical activity decreases after neutering/spaying. These factors lead to weight gain.

Neutering may lead to more weight gain in male Afghan Hounds because neutered dogs roam less (which means less exercise).

Therefore, the amount of food that you give to a neutered Afghan Hound should be reduced after you neuter your Afghan Hound to prevent weight gain.

Use our Afghan Hound food calculator to calculate how much food to feed a neutered/spayed Afghan Hound.

Effect of Weather on How Much Food Your Afghan Hound Needs

Afghan Hounds that live in cold environments need more food (especially, food high in fat) than Afghan Hounds that live in hot environments.

Hot weather, on the other hand, does not increase the amount of food your Afghan Hound needs. Hot weather only makes your Afghan Hound need more water.

Since most Afghan Hounds live in a temperature-controlled environment as their owners. Therefore, owners do not need to increase or decrease the amount of food they give to their Afghan Hounds based on the outside weather.

Important Note on Treats and Table Food

Because meeting a dog`s nutrient requirements is not the primary goal of dog treats, most commercial dog treats do not contain the essential nutrients that your Afghan Hound needs.

However, a few treats are complete and balanced and are approved by AAFCO, or some other credible dog food regulatory agency. Check the label on your dog treat to know if the dog treat has a complete and balanced nutrient profile.

Nevertheless, dog treats, either balanced or unbalanced in nutrients, are valid sources of calories for your dog. Therefore, if you give your dog lots of treats, you should reduce the amount of the regular dog food that you give your dog accordingly to account for the treats. That way, you will not overfeed your dog.

Also, human table foods do not contain the important nutrients that your Afghan Hound needs for healthy growth.

Also, human table foods may contain very high levels of fat or sodium and other minerals that are harmful to your Afghan Hound.

Moreover, know that when you feed your Afghan Hound table food, you fill your Afghan Hound`s stomach with dog `junk food`. This will suppress your Afghan Hound`s appetite and thereby make your Afghan Hound unable to eat its normal dog food that contains the essential nutrients for your Afghan Hound`s growth.

We do not recommend giving your Afghan Hound table food.

Conclusion

Most commercial dog food labels contain recommendations on how much of the food to feed a dog. However, their recommendations are very general.

Therefore, in this article, we have provided your specific advice on how to properly feed your Afghan Hound.