How should you feed your medium-breed puppy? What canine nutritional choices are best for your young dog? Here’s a handful of pointers to answer the top feeding questions new medium-size puppy owners ask.
What variety of food should a medium-breed puppy eat?
Although pet store aisles nearly overflow with a variety of dog food options, those marked specifically for puppies are nearly always the best choice for young dogs (during the first year of life).
The diet, light and other special formulas are not appropriate for most puppies, medium-size breeds or others.
The key components of puppy food, in order of importance, 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 puppies.
Should a medium-breed puppy eat canned dog food, semi-moist dog food or dry dog food?
This is essentially a personal choice, although most new puppy owners will try to continue the same nutritional program as the breeders from whom they have obtained their puppies.
A puppy’s food may be changed, but this is best accomplished gradually, by mixing a tapering ratio of the old puppy food and the new one. This allows the medium-breed puppy’s digestive system to adapt to the new food.
Canned dog foods and semi-moist dog foods tend to be more costly than dry dog foods. Many puppy owners opt instead to purchase the highest quality of dry puppy food that they can afford for their medium-breed puppies.
How much food should a medium-breed puppy have for each feeding?
The general guideline for feeding a medium-breed puppy (or any dog) is simple: offer the dog as much as he can calmly eat in about 10 minutes. Dogs tend to eat as much food as they are given, even if the portions are overwhelmingly large and unhealthy.
Puppy food packaging almost always lists recommended feeding quantities in charts, based upon dogs’ weights. These amounts tend to be fairly accurate.
Certainly, a puppy’s rate of growth, weight gain and coat condition are clear indicators of the appropriateness of his or her nutrition.
How many times each day should a medium-breed puppy be fed?
Most canine specialists agree that a puppy should be fed twice a day, in the morning and the evening, as with any other dog.
Of course, a medium-breed puppy (or any sort of dog) should always have a readily available source of fresh water available on demand.
What dog breeds are considered medium-size?
Medium-size canine breeds include dogs that generally weigh approximately 35 to 65 pounds. These dogs may include Airedale terriers, bulldogs, boxers, dalmatians, Labradors, retrievers, setters and more.
Even larger than the medium dog breeds are the extra-large or giant dog breeds. Smaller varieties may include the toy and small dog breeds.