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Best Dog Food for Your Boxer

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.

Boxer Basic Nutritional Needs

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.

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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).

Common Health Problems

As with all breeds, there are certain health conditions that boxers are at particularly high risk for. Among them are the following:

  • Heart problems. This is the top of the list for boxers so you should be the most alert about looking for signs of heart trouble. They are particularly prone to conditions like sub-aortic stenosis, familial ventricular arrhythmia, pulmonic stenosis, and septal defects. Basically, just look for signs of fatigue, lethargy, and irregular heartbeat. Some of these are genetic so you can also take him to the vet when you get him to check for genetic heart problems (assuming you don’t have this information already).
  • There are various forms of cancers that Boxers are prone to getting. We recommend annual exams so that you can catch any cancer as early as possible. Early detection will greatly improve the chances your pooch responds to treatment.

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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.

Basic Feeding Guidelines

Follow these tips for feeding your Boxer properly:

  • Adults should be eating somewhere between 1600 and 2300 calories per day, depending on activity level. Start in the middle at 1950 calories. Then, increase if they are losing weight and decrease if they are gaining weight until you find the right balance for their activity level.
  • Divide food into at least 2 meals per day. While potty training, increase this to 3-4 separate meals.
  • If you have a Boxer that has experienced bloat, you might consider homemade meals to best meet your boxer’s unique nutritional needs. Many commercial brands often use grains which might lead to another case of bloat. Going homemade is not as hard as you think. Find some helpful tips here.

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.

Top 2 Best Dog Food for Boxers

Wellness CORE Grain Free Reduced Fat Turkey & Chicken Natural Dry Dog Food

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.

Turkey & Chicken Natural Dry Dog Food

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.

EUKANUBA Breed Specific Dry Dog Food

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).

Dry Dog Food

Unfortunately, one of the top ingredients is corn meal so if your pooch is sensitive to grains, you may want to avoid this one.

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