Doberman is an excellent service dog and the health and good performance of the dog’s duties depends on its proper feeding.
How to feed the Doberman and how to do it right? First of all, nutrition should be balanced.
Doberman feeding natural food
Meat products. Doberman’s favorite food is meat. The norm for an adult animal is 500-700 grams per day. However, if the dog is actively training, then up to a kilogram. It is better to give him raw lean beef, having previously doused it with boiling water. Its coarse and sinewy structure activates the gastrointestinal tract and helps strengthen the jaw.
It is better not to give pork, as it can cause prolonged diarrhea.Offal (boiled internal organs) is given only after six months of age and not every day, and minced meat is generally better to avoid.
Dairy. Useful for Doberman: cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir. Dogs do not digest cow milk and do not need to give it.
Fish. Boiled sea fish is also needed in the diet, but only without internal organs and bones.
Porridge. Doberman food should also be rich in fiber. To do this, boil him: millet, oatmeal, rice or buckwheat, bran. However, doberman nutrition does not need to include pearl barley, semolina and corn.
Vegetables and fruits. Vegetables are also very useful: raw carrots, cabbage, apples, which can be given in chopped pieces or in the form of a salad with sour cream or vegetable oil. In such a salad, you can add nettle, dousing with boiling water, as well as finely chopped lettuce and parsley. Doberman can also prepare salads with beets, cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini. Vegetables are especially useful for older dogs prone to constipation. Small pieces of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes or apples (if the dog eats them willingly) can also be used as a treat. It is also helpful to give a crushed clove of garlic.
Feeding adult Dobermans with natural food throughout the day looks like this: they cook porridge (500-900 grams) in broth or water, then offal or meat (500-1000 grams) are cut into porridge, as well as some grated vegetables (100-200 grams) .
Two to three times a week, meat is replaced by fish. Doberman can not be given: cutlets, sausages and sausages – all this causes the dog gastritis and even ulcer. Sugar and potatoes are also contraindicated.
Feeding a doberman puppy. Doberman puppy at the age of one month is fed up to 6 times a day, distributing 100-250 grams of meat, 400-500 ml of milk, 70-100 grams of cereals, yolk of one chicken egg, 100-150 grams of cottage cheese, 130-150 grams of vegetables. 2-3 months old puppy is fed 3-4 times, gradually increasing the amount of food: meat per 100 grams, cereals and vegetables by 50 grams. And only milk intake should be reduced by 100 ml. By the fifth month, the puppy is fed 2-3 times a day, giving 500-600 gm of meat, 200 gm of cereals, a full chicken egg, 150 gm of vegetables (usually cabbage), 200 gm of cottage cheese and 500 ml of milk. By the year, the daily diet is gradually increasing to 700 gm of meat (once a week – 750-800 gm of fish), 300-400 gm of cereals, 500 gm of cottage cheese and 350-400 gm of vegetables.
When feeding Doberman natural food, it is necessary to give special mineral supplements and vitamins.
Dry Doberman Feeding
Doberman is a very active dog that needs an easily digestible protein. It is found only in high quality feed. It is also important that such a food often has a small volume and the dog does not overeat, getting the required number of calories.
Veterinarians have noticed that Dobermans who eat dry food are much less likely to suffer inversion and expansion of their stomachs.
The choice of the right diet should be approached, guided by the weight of the Doberman. For an adult dog, high-quality dry and semi-dry feeds suitable for large breed dogs are suitable, for example, professional feeds of the super premium class Royal Canin, Pro Plan, Acana, Orijen, Hill’s, Eukanuba, Advance, 1st Choice, etc. From premium foods, cheaper, You can use Dog Chow, Nutra Gold, Nutra Nuggets, Happy Dog, Brekkies, Performance, Diamond, etc. Chappie, Darling feeds are not suitable for feeding young, pedigree and show dogs. Using dry food, follow the recommendations on the packaging. Do not overfeed the dog.
It should be remembered that dry food can not be “diluted” with porridge, meat or vegetables – that is, any natural product. This can cause Doberman’s stomach upsets, allergic reactions, pancreatic and kidney diseases.
Only an aging dog that has tooth problems can dry food be softened with a little kefir. If the dog is capricious and does not want to eat selected dry food, his taste can be improved by adding some canned food loved by the Doberman.
If the weight of the Doberman is above the norm, then it is better to feed it with a special dietary dry food for dogs, which prevents obesity.
An adult Doberman should not be given food for puppies, as it is rich in minerals and protein, which lead to obesity.