Proper Rottweiler Nutrition and Feeding Habits

Many Rottweiler owners say that their dogs are big babies – emphasis on the big. It is true that the Rottweiler breed is very large with adult dogs reaching 135 pounds or more. While all dogs have the same basic nutritional needs, the specific nutritional requirements of large-breed dogs are a little bit different so take the time to learn the basics about Rottweiler nutrition and healthy feeding habits.

The Nutritional Needs of Rottweilers

All dogs require a high-quality diet that is rich in protein with moderate amounts of fat and low levels of carbohydrates. Protein is the most important nutritional consideration for all dogs because it contains the amino acids your Rottweiler needs to build and maintain healthy muscles. If you check the guaranteed analysis on a pet food label, you will see that the protein content and the fat content are listed – aim for at least 25% protein and fat in the 11% to 14% range for Rottweilers. Fat provides a concentrated source of energy for dogs but you want to make sure that your dog’s diet isn’t too fat-heavy because it could lead to obesity.

Not only do you need to make sure that the diet you choose for your Rottweiler contains enough protein, but you also need to pay attention to where that protein comes from. If the first ingredient on the list is not an animal source of protein, put that bag back on the shelf! Animal proteins are complete proteins and they are the most biologically valuable for your dog. Things like fresh meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are all good choices. The fat in your Rottweiler’s diet should also come from animal sources – things like chicken fat and salmon oil are very beneficial. In terms of carbohydrates, you really just want to look for something that is easily digestible and make sure that the carbohydrates don’t make up the majority of the food.

Choosing a Quality Diet for Your Rottweiler

Picking a high-quality commercial dog food product for your Rottweiler isn’t as difficult as you might think. As long as the product meets the specifications already mentioned, you are off to a good start. One thing you need to keep in mind is that large-breed dogs like the Rottweiler have lower energy needs than small-breed dogs because their metabolisms do not work as quickly. Your Rottweiler may need more total calories per day than a Yorkshire Terrier, but that little dog needs more calories per pound of bodyweight to maintain his metabolism.

With Rottweilers, one of your biggest concerns is making sure that he gets the nutrients he needs without too much excess. When your Rottweiler is a puppy, he needs plenty of protein to fuel his growth and development but you want to prevent him from growing too quickly – most Rottweilers take about 2 years to mature. If your dog grows too fast it could put excess strain on his bones and joints which could put him at risk for musculoskeletal issues down the line. Your best bet is to start him on a large-breed puppy diet and switch him to a quality large-breed adult formula when he reaches about 75% of his adult size.

Feeding your Rottweiler a high-quality diet is the best thing you can do for his overall health and wellness. Once you pick a dog food it is best to stick to it unless your dog experiences problems – if he develops a food allergy or sensitivity you may want to switch to a Limited Ingredient Diet but be sure to transition him slowly onto the new food. You should also keep an eye on your dog’s weight and condition to make sure he stays within the healthy range – your vet will be able to tell you what the proper range for your dog is.

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