Diets for Large Puppies

Larger dogs tend to have a slower metabolism and more placid temperament then many smaller dogs, making them need a different type of diet, one lower in calorie and sometimes lower in protein.

  • Fat puppies are cute, but in large breeds, carrying too much weight or growing too quickly can cause a lot of problems. These problems can result in skeletal disorders and joint troubles. Try to feed the right amount of food that keeps them lean and trim – you should be able to easily feel their ribs with a thin covering of fat.
  • Mineral levels are also important – diets specifically designed for large breed puppies will have carefully balanced levels of calcium and phosphorus. An imbalance of these minerals is one of the prime causes of health problems.
  • Feed a diet specifically designed for larger dogs – a small breed kibble will have a greater number of calories per gram. You will need to limit the calories to prevent them gaining weight, whilst maintaining a balanced nutritional content in the food.
  • If you are using a raw food diet, make sure you have carefully researched and planned the nutrient content for their specific needs.

As a special note: Giant Breed dogs often require a special diet with lower protein then even large breed dogs. Their rapid skeletal growth rate, along with slower metabolic rate makes this necessary. Please ask for vet, or breeder advice, if you decide on a Giant Dog, like a Great Dane. Giant breeds are not technically adult size until they are 18 months to 2 years old.