Boxers (the dogs, not the athletes!) make wonderful pets. But they have some relatively specific nutritional needs that won’t be met by just any dog food. Make sure you know what your pooch needs so you can give him a long, healthy, and happy life.
Protein is the single most important nutrient for a Boxer. Oddly enough, that’s true for both the dog and the athlete! You want a bare minimum of 30% protein but we recommend 35-40% of calories come from protein.
The remaining calories should be divided about evenly between healthy fats and complex carbs. Boxers are prone to a condition called bloat (where gas gets trapped in the stomach) and carbs are the biggest culprits when it comes to gas production.
So that means a boxer diet should be mainly protein with around 20% of calories coming from fat and 20% coming from high quality carbs. Carbs should primarily come from veggies. Try to avoid grains (especially corn).
As with all breeds, there are certain health conditions that boxers are at particularly high risk for. Among them are the following:
While there is no 100% guaranteed prevention method, a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of exercise are your best defense against illness. Making sure your Boxer is getting the nutrients it needs to keep its body strong will give him a much better chance of fighting off any illnesses that try to harm him.
Follow these tips for feeding your Boxer properly:
When switching to a different brand, always do it gradually to avoid digestive problems. Start by mixing about 20% of the new food with 80% of the old brand of food and gradually increase the amount of new food over the course of about 3-4 weeks.
Wellness dog foods always stand out for the simplicity and wholesomeness of their ingredients. They prefer to stick with a few, quality ingredients and avoid nutrient poor fillers.
This one is ideal for Boxers because it is grain free so it won’t exacerbate a bloat problem. However, it is low in fat so you may want to supplement by drizzling on some olive oil or fish oil.
The Boxer recipe by EUKANUBA is well done because it provides a lot of protein as well as important nutrients for supporting a healthy heart (both of which a Boxer definitely needs).
Unfortunately, one of the top ingredients is corn meal so if your pooch is sensitive to grains, you may want to avoid this one.