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How Many Cups Are in a Pound of Dog Food?

By Aviram K.
Published in Food & Nutrition
Updated at March 10, 2021
1 min read
How Many Cups Are in a Pound of Dog Food?
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There are roughly 4 cups in a pound of typical dry dog food and 3.75 lbs of dog food in a gallon. However, cups and gallons are based on the food volume, which is a bit different for each brand of kibble.

Some dry dog food brands like “Royal Canin” seem to have about 5 cups in a pound, and others seem to have about 3 - which averages to about 4 cups.

To get the exact answer for your specific dog food brand, you’ll have to measure out the dog food yourself, using your own cup. Put a bowl on a scale and start counting the number of dog food cups until you hit the 1-pound mark on the scale.

Table of Contents
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Number of Cups in Different Dog Food Bag Sizes
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Number of Cups of Dog Food You Need to Feed Your Dog per Day

Number of Cups in Different Dog Food Bag Sizes

Please note that these are approximate numbers as each brand of kibble will be slightly different in volume.

  • 1 lbs bag: ~4 cups
  • 5 lbs bag: ~20 cups
  • 8 lbs bag: ~32 cups
  • 10 lbs bag: ~40 cups
  • 15 lbs bag: ~60 cups
  • 24 lbs bag: ~96 cups
  • 28 lbs bag: ~112 cups
  • 30 lbs bag: ~120 cups
  • 35 lbs bag: ~140 cups
  • 40 lbs bag: ~160 cups
  • 50 lbs bag: ~200 cups

Number of Cups of Dog Food You Need to Feed Your Dog per Day

Check the guide printed physically on the bag to know how many cups of dog food you need to feed your dog per day. It will usually contain a simple table you can follow based on your dog’s breed, weight, or age.

Once you determine the number of cups your dog needs per day (based on the bag’s guide), divide it throughout the day:

  • A healthy adult dog usually needs to be fed 2 times a day.
  • Puppies under 12 weeks of age need to be fed about 4 times a day.
  • Puppies that are 3-6 months of age need to be fed about 3 times a day.

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