Labradors are one of only six dog breeds that produce oil through their skin. This helps their coats stay thick and shiny; without proper amounts of fatty acids in the diet, their fur will be dry and brittle.
Labs originated in Newfoundland and were bred to thrive on a high-fat, low-carb diet. Poultry, fish, eggs, brown rice, and vegetables are perfect for this breed, while beef should be avoided, as it’s difficult for Labradors to assimilate.
German Shepherds have a short colon in comparison to other dog breeds. Because of this, they need a high fiber diet to slow digestion and give their bodies enough time to absorb nutrients from their meals.
German Shepherds do best on a diet of beef, potato, and leafy greens.
Golden Retrievers are another breed that produces oils through the skin instead of dander, so fatty acids are key for optimum coat health. When fed linoleic and oleic fatty acids, their bodies can produce the arachidonic acid which makes their coats so soft and shiny.
The muscular and skeletal systems are slower to develop in Rottweilers, so keep them on a puppy feeding schedule and meal formulation until they are 18 to 24 months old. Feeding them adult food too early could lead to muscle and bone issues later in life.
Lamb, poultry, and dairy products are ideal for this breed, and a high fat content will keep their coats nice and shiny.
As a breed, the German Shorthaired Pointer is very old, originating in 12th century Turkey. Poultry, goat, fish, figs, grapes, and olives would have featured heavily in their diet, and the modern-day German Shorthaired Pointer will benefit from this type of diet as well.
This breed thrives best on fatty oils derived from vegetables as well as proteins high in methionine, leucine, and lysine requires high fat content and certain proteins. Poultry, fish, lamb, avocado, and rice are great ingredients to look for.
Boxers are prone to bloating and excess intestinal gas, due in some part to their colons and partly to the pancreas. The pancreas in this breed produces digestive enzymes at a different rate than other large breeds, so feeding an “all-breed” diet may cause gastric upset and bloating in a Boxer.
Boxers are also prone to dental problems, so soft, moist dog foods like those found at Rick’s Dog Deli are easier on their gums and teeth.
Originating from the cold, snowy climate of Siberia means that Siberian Huskies have developed a need for a low-carbohydrate, high-protein and high-fat diet. The proper balance of linolinec, linoleic, and oleic fatty acids will keep their coats healthy.
A diet based on fish and poultry is ideal, as this is the diet that the first Huskies ate.
Compared to other large breeds, Dobermans need a diet rich in the amino acids phenylalanine and thyrosine. The diet these dogs were given in Germany (where the breed was first developed) are perfect sources of these amino acids and should still be used today.
In short, there is no single best dog food for large dogs. Each breed is different, with varying health issues and nutritional needs that require a multitude of dietary solutions.
It’s important to note, however, that these meal suggestions are based on a standard, healthy dog. If your dog is overweight, or suffering from a health condition, his or her needs will be different.
If you have any questions or you’d like help developing a customized diet for your dog’s individual needs, contact us through our website or give us a call at 407-505-2839. We want to see your dog thrive!