Feeding Medium Size Dogs
Often know for their high energy and uncanny speed coupled with great power to mass ratio, it's no wonder why medium breed dogs are often the hunters, protectors, and the working dogs we all love. When feeding medium size dogs we must consider energy level of the mid size dog breed. Active medium breeds require a more calorie dense, higher protein diet for balanced, steady energy.
Foods including glucosamine & chondroitin to maintain joint health plus essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are always a great choice. Even if your medium breed dog lives as a companion animal, there's a good chance that at play they go all-out. Did I guess right?
TIP: Varying a bit depending on who you ask, it's agreed that medium breed dogs are those reaching adult weight between about 25 and 50 pounds.
Just like many owners however, many mid size breed dogs have adapted to an easy going less active lifestyle. Meaning, feeding medium size dogs that are rarely active a high energy formula will result in an obese dog. In this case you'll need to ration the amount fed, feed less frequently, or switch out to a lower caliber food such as quality adult large breed, or mid breed maintenance formula.
Feeding Medium Size Breed Puppies
Feeding medium breed puppies requires a nutritionally appropriate puppy food until 6 to 12 months of age. Nutritional levels of puppy food will be a bit higher than that for a large breed puppy, but less potent than formulas for small breeds.
Protein levels can vary from 24% minimum value, to up and over 40% if feeding a grain free kibble. Fat levels of medium breed dog food should range somewhere between 14% to 20%. As with any size breed, choose a quality kibble dog food with meat as the first ingredient similar to the Recommended Formulas found here.
Fresh raw dog diets are also excellent and you may follow that link to our raw feeding section.
Specific Medium Breed Guides
Rules of Thumb Feeding Medium Size Dogs
- Feed a quality, breed appropriate dog food or a raw dog diet (Learn more about selecting quality Kibble Dog Food on this page).
- Just like large breeds, don't ever try to grow a puppy by over feeding or over nourishing. Overweight is BAD for a any puppy!
- Because activity levels of different medium size breeds can vary, be diligent, watch weight and adjust feeding amount and frequency to keep their weight within reason.
- Energy level should be steady, highs and lows could indicate the need for more frequent feeding, or a food of poor quality that metabolizes sugars causing energy spikes.
TIP: Most puppy formulas contain extra nutrients and supplements to help meet nutritional needs of puppies. It's important to make a switch from puppy formula to adult right around the end of your puppy's growth phase. This may be anywhere from 8 months to a year old depending on your dog breed. A good tip is rather than judge the growth of your dog by weight, compare their height at the withers to breed standard. This provides a baseline assessment of adult size to help determine if they still have some growing to do.
Medium Breed Feeding Summary
Feeding medium size dogs and medium breed puppies is not difficult. The hardest part is selecting a quality diet that works well for your dog. Once you get this down and figure out a feeding schedule it should be pretty smooth sailing.
Your medium breed puppy should be fed a quality medium breed puppy formula with approximately 30% protein and 20% fat content max. Try to source a Kibble Formula with real meat as the first ingredient and avoid foods with calcium additives. Keep your medium breed puppy lean and ideally, just heavy enough so you can always see a trace of the last rib.
While medium size dog breeds wont go through such an extreme change in physical size as large & giant breeds, their bodies will still experience major physiological changes over the first year of life. The rapid growth phase for medium size dogs is typically from 3 to 10 months with final skeletal size being achieved by age 1.
Energy, activity level and appetite will absolutely fluctuate during this period so keep a watchful eye and stay in-tune with your dog to monitor their weight. Tweak feeding amounts and frequency to the best of your ability and maintain a nice lean evenly energetic dog.
Raw feeding medium size dogs is also a great option and we advocate raw feeding for all dogs and all life stages. Feeding raw is actually a bit easier than analysing ingredient panels of commercial dog food.. just start with Chicken! Don't miss our Raw Dog Diet Section for additional info on this wonderful method of feeding.
Health Issues When Feeding Medium Breed Puppies
Following these simple guidelines you should have minimal issues with medium breed dogs, they seem at times to be bulletproof. Yet excess feeding medium size puppies during major growth phase, free feeding, feeding inappropriate kibble formulas, or cheap commercial food that's chock full of nasty grains can lead to certain developmental issues.
Skeletal development issues, bone deformities, tendon, muscle, nerve and painful joint issues are all a possible. These issues can manifest in the first year and become debilitating to your dog even years later.
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