Who said dogs are as different as we people? No way! Dogs are way more diverse in size and looks, manners and preferences, and everything. No wonder different dog breeds have a right to prefer (and benefit from) various foods.
Size matters, of course. There are specific guides on choosing food for large dog breeds (like on Doggolab), for indoor breeds that are usually among the smallest, and for other types as well. There are certain reasons to look at breed-specific products. But should you pursue the most appropriate one just by its label?
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Versatile Foods: The Simplest Solution
The simplest way to go with it is to buy versatile dog food and feed the pet until it feels full. As simple as it seems, this way may run you into some problems:
- Is the same type of food suitable for different breeds? Not that we consider some of them harmful when used inappropriately, but it may be less efficient. Your dog can consume more of it than you expect – or, on the contrary, even refuse to taste it.
- Will specialized breed-specific foods suit the pet better? The formula must be coined according to the animal’s needs. Or at least, so customers hope.
- Will it cost you less? You cannot get the answer by just comparing weights and prices. There are other factors. How much of it will your dog consume? Will there be anything left? Do the dogs consider it edible at all?
All these questions, as well as others, indicate that versatile food is not the ultimate answer. While beyond any doubt suitable, it may be far from the best solution.
Breed-Specific Foods: Easy, But…
It’s trending now. If you visit a zoo store, you will find breed-specific foods for various familiar muzzles. Foods for Golden Retrievers and Poodles, for Labradors and Shih Tzus, for Setters and Yorkshire Terriers – all these and many more are available.
So maybe it’s simpler just to choose the one according to your pet’s breed? Not that simple either. If you are sure about its pedigree, you may relax; but what if your furry jolly pet is a half-breed? Which food to get then? And, raised by market wolves, we always wonder: what if we just overpay for a label? Does my doggo really benefit from this formula like from no other?
It’s the Size
What can be stated for sure is that a dog’s metabolism is highly dependent on body size. In short, the differences related to small dog breeds are the following:
- Higher energy demands. While a big doggo requires more food in absolute numbers, a small doggy will require more food per pound of their own bodies. Small dogs have it faster in general, demanding more energy.
- Small dogs digest proteins faster and better. In fact, it’s a logical consequence of their energetic demands.
- Small dogs have a lower level of antioxidants.
Do You Need a Specific Breed Food?
Size is the only thing that has been proved to matter, though. There are no specific differences in metabolism between various breeds of the same weight category. Therefore, food advertised for one small breed will be suitable for any other as well.