Five Rottweiler Puppies Waiting for Food

Best Dog Food for Your Rottweiler

Rottweilers are a large breed with a lot of muscle. That powerful build requires the right balance of nutrients to fuel it. Read this short article to learn more about how you can make sure your Rottweiler is getting everything it needs.

Rottweiler Basic Nutritional Needs

Rottweilers are muscular, large, and often very active. This means a very high protein diet is essential to help nourish those muscles and fuel their activities. At a minimum, 30% of their calories should come from lean, healthy protein sources but you can go as high as 50%.

Cute Rottweiler Puppy Eyes

After protein, carbs (specifically nutritious complex carbs like sweet potatoes) are the next most important macronutrient. This provides a quicker source of fuel for their activity while they wait for the protein to breakdown and be absorbed.

Don’t skimp on the fat, though. They should be getting at least 10-15% of their calories from healthy fats like fish oil or plant oils (except for corn).

Common Health Problems

Rottweilers are very strong breed but they are still at risk for certain conditions such as:

  • Bone cancer. Rottweilers are at higher risk than other breeds for many kinds of cancer but bone cancer is probably the top of the list. Symptoms do not always appear until the cancer is very advanced so we recommend getting your Rottweiler screened once a year to check for cancer.
  • Like other large breeds, Rottweilers are prone to a condition called bloat. This is when the stomach fills with gas and then twists, trapping that gas. Symptoms include lethargy, attempting to vomit/belch without success, and a bloated abdomen. This can be successfully prevented by breaking up their food into at least 2 smaller meals. But if you notice these symptoms, seek treatment immediately as it can be fatal.

Rottweiler Puppy Sleeping in a Bowl Full of Dog Food

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 Rottweiler 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

Here are some basic tips for feeding your Rottweiler:

  • Depending on age and activity level, your Rottweiler is going to need anywhere from 2,200-3,500 calories per day.
  • Between the ages of 8 weeks and 3 months old, allow your Rottweiler puppy to eat as much as it wants so that it can reach a healthy weight before you start structuring its diet.
  • Once they are an adult (1 year and beyond), start at the middle of the calorie range given above (so 2,850 calories per day). Add more if your dog is losing weight and decrease it if they are gaining weight (assuming they started at a healthy weight).
  • Between 3 months and 1 year, divide their food into 3-4 portions throughout the day. Once they are an adult, you can divide it into just 2 meals per day.

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 Rottweilers

EUKANUBA Breed Specific Dry Dog Food

EUKANUBA does great dry dog foods tailored to specific breeds. Our favorite thing about this recipe is that it is high in calcium and other minerals which support healthy, strong bones.

EUKANUBA Dog Food for Rottweiler

This is very important for Rottweilers since they are prone to bone problems. As with many of its recipes, it does use corn which is not the best carb but it still makes up for it with the inclusion of a variety of different whole grains.

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Rottweiler

Royal Canin is a great recipe to nourish your Rottweiler. And to make it even better, the kibble is shaped in such a way that it forces your dog to chew slowly which will help prevent bloat.

Royal Canin Dog Food for Rottweilers

It does use some nutrient poor filler carbs that we don’t like but for the most part, this is a very nutritious recipe.

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