What nutritional needs does a large-breed puppy have? Although these young canines may seem small at first, dogs in the more sturdy canine breeds have plenty of growing to do. What foods are best for the biggest-breed puppies, and how much food do they require?
Here is a handful of feeding tips for puppies from the most colossal of canine breeds.
What sort of dog food should a large-breed puppy consume?
Visit the local pet shop, or the pet-food aisle of the grocery store, and you will find a plethora of dog food options. Unilaterally, the best choice for a young dog (of any size) is a puppy food, as these products are formulated specifically for canines in the first year of life.
Modified diet foods, such as light or less-active varieties, are seldom appropriate for large-breed puppies (or any puppy).
The key components of puppy food, in order of importance (especially for larger dog breeds) include protein (preferably animal protein), carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Smart and caring pet owners read dog-food labels carefully to pick the best nutritional options for their large-breed puppies.
Which is better for a large-breed puppy: canned dog food, semi-moist dog food or dry dog food?
Often, a dog breeder or seller will recommend a particular variety of puppy food. A smart and caring pet owner will attempt to continue the same nutritional program for a large-breed puppy, at least for a while.
The puppy’s food may be replaced, in time, by mixing the new and old foods in gradually proportionate amounts, so that the large-breed puppy’s digestive system may grow accustomed to the new nutritional program.
Usually, canned and semi-moist dog foods cost considerably more than dry dog foods. Savvy puppy owners usually choose to buy the highest quality of dry puppy food that they can find for their large-breed puppies.
How much food should a large-breed puppy receive per feeding?
Many pet experts recommend feeding the large-breed puppy as much food as he or she can comfortably consume in about 10 minutes. Dogs usually do not self-regulate when it comes to eating, so they can easily overindulge, if allowed to do so.
Puppy food packaging usually includes feeding charts, based upon dogs’ weights. These estimations are often quite accurate and helpful.
The ultimate measures of a puppy’s nutritional program are his rates of growth and weight gain, as well as the condition of his coat.
How many times should a large-breed puppy be fed daily?
Customarily, large-breed puppies are fed twice daily, once in the morning and again at night. In addition, any dog must enjoy a never-ending and readily available source of fresh drinking water.
What dog breeds are considered large-size?
Large-size canine breeds include dogs that generally weigh approximately 80 pounds or more. These dogs may include Afghan hounds, Akitas, bloodhounds, Doberman Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Irish setters, mastiffs, Newfoundlands and other giant canines.
Smaller varieties may include the toy, small and medium dog breeds.