Do giant dog breeds really need different dog food?

Asked By: Deanna Gusikowski
Date created: Tue, May 11, 2021 6:29 AM
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For the most part, large dog nutrition is similar to small and medium dog nutrition, with a few important exceptions. Large breed puppies require special diets to avoid certain health risks, and large breed adult dogs require careful monitoring for signs of orthopedic disease, obesity, and bloat.
Answered By: Dax Schowalter
Date created: Wed, May 12, 2021 8:32 AM
"Most dog sizes and breeds can be fed the same diet, although the amount fed should be tailored to each dog's metabolism and activity to avoid obesity." Your dog uses nutrients in dog food as a source of energy and to help him grow.

Best Large Breed Puppy Foods April 2019

  • Purina Pro Plan Focus Large Breed Puppy Food.
  • Now Fresh Grain-Free Large Breed Puppy Food.
  • Royal Canin Large Puppy Dog Food.
  • Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Puppy Food.
  • Orijen Puppy Large.
  • Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Food.
  • Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Food.

Most people feed their dogs processed kibble or wet food.

These processed foods might not be appealing to us, but they contain all of the nutrients dogs need to stay healthy.

A good dog food will contain meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits.


Cost, too, plays a role.

Dog foods with good quality ingredients are simply more expensive than foods containing only by-products.

Admittedly, it's hard, since the regulations that dictate what food products may and may not go into dog food have largely been made up by the pet food makers.


6–12 weeks: Growing pups should be fed puppy food, a diet specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs for normal development.

Feeding adult food will rob your puppy of important nutrients.

Large breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food by 9 or 10 weeks; small dogs by 12 or 13 weeks.


Do puppies and adult dogs have different nutritional needs? It's less about the content of the food, and more about the amount.

Puppies will need more protein, fat and micronutrients than adult dogs, Patton says, because they need to gain weight.

But that can be accomplished by increasing the volume of the food.


Giant breeds grow rapidly, but take longer to mature into their full adult sizes than smaller dogs. The following breeds are generally described as giant breeds:

  • Akbash Dog.
  • Alaskan Malamute.
  • Anatolian Shepherd.
  • Armenian Gampr dog.
  • Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Black Russian Terrier.
  • Bloodhound.
  • Boerboel.
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