Feeding Tips for Large Breed Dogs
All dogs, including large breed dogs, need a diet that includes:
- Omega-6 fatty acids for healthy skin and a radiant coat
- Natural sources of glucosamine to help support healthy joints
- High quality protein sources to promote strong muscles and a healthy heart
- A highly digestible formula
Large and giant breed dogs who weigh 50 pounds or more as adults have big bodies to feed, and experience major growth at the beginning of their lives. It is also particularly important to feed large breed dogs a diet that helps them maintain a lean body condition. A nourishing diet that addresses their specific needs can help them avoid health issues common in large breed dogs such as joint and skeletal stress.
Should I consider a grain free large breed dog food?
Sensitivity to grains is rare and no more likely than your dog developing a sensitivity to other ingredients. If your dog doesn’t have a food intolerance or allergy involving grains, remember that grains such as barley can provide dietary fiber, which helps maintain the health of the digestive system1.
Whole grains are also a good source of protein, and contain valuable antioxidants. Key nutrients that whole grains can provide for your dog include: B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, iron, fiber and potassium2.
If you are considering a grain free diet for your dog, your veterinarian is the best source to recommend quality, nutrient-rich options such as Purina® Beyond® Grain Free Chicken & Egg Recipe Dry Dog Food.
Do large breed puppies need specialized nutrition?
If a large or giant breed puppy is part of your family, you know that they also have special nutritional needs. They mature at a slower rate than small breed puppies, and require fewer calories per unit of body weight.