In general, this breed is not picky about food and the diet is not much different from the diet of other dogs.
However, in feeding the Chinese Crested there are still nuances that are important to consider so that the animal remains healthy and joyful.
How to Feed a Chinese Crested Dog
It should be noted right away that most representatives of the breed are allergic to chicken, therefore, chicken meat, chicken bones, which are already prohibited for dogs, cannot be included in the diet. In addition, the diet should not include other allergens, such as corn, including corn flour, as well as potatoes, starch, soy, and wheat. The listed products should not be contained in dry food either.
With a natural type of food, it is better to choose products: rice, beef, and horse meat are most suitable from meat, as well as sea low-fat fish. It is permissible to include in the diet low-fat cottage cheese, kefir, as well as fruits and vegetables, to which the representatives of the breed are not indifferent.
You can not feed the Chinese crested fatty types of meat (pork, lamb), river fish, legumes, and other products harmful to dogs, especially sweets, it is not recommended to give offal, with the exception of beef tripe. Sweet has a negative effect on the animal’s body, lacrimation begins immediately, and ugly tears appear.
The Chinese crested needs minerals, the sources of which are bone meal (calcium), seaweed (iodine), as well as vitamins A, E, D, but additional supplements with vitamin C are not needed, because of an excess of vitamin C causes kidney problems and liver.
Natural feeding of the Chinese Crested dog causes a number of problems for dog breeders since it is sometimes difficult to formulate a diet in which there would be a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. As a result of improper feeding with natural products, animals often develop skin problems, in particular itching, flaking, and dryness, acne appears, as well as problems with the liver and kidneys, and dysfunction of the thyroid gland. For this reason, many owners decide to transfer the Chinese Crested to dry food.
Dry food should be selected carefully because many people start to tear, some cause indigestion, others gain weight, and some, such as dietary foods, are not recommended to be fed regularly. Many owners of the Chinese Crested dog prefer Hills and Acana dry food, but Eukanuba is not suitable for all animals, from Pro Plan dry food dogs quickly gain weight, some dogs even refuse to eat it …
When feeding a Chinese Crested dog with dry food, always have a bowl of clean filtered water freely available.
Elderly dogs who have difficulty chewing food, digestive problems, are fed with ground food or wet canned food.
What to Feed the Chinese Crested Puppies
The diet of puppies should include various products, including sour milk, for example, low-fat kefir, cottage cheese, it is permissible to give milk (preferably goat’s) with the addition of raw chicken yolk, fruits, vegetables, freshly chopped into small but not minced meat, pieces of meat (veal ), not oily boiled fish (cod), deboned. Milk can only be given up to 4 months of age. Dry food is selected especially for puppies and is given at first soaked.
Chinese Crested Dog Feeding Tips
Puppies are fed 3-5 times a day, reducing the number of feedings as they grow older. Portions should be small, as, despite their excellent appetite, the puppies should not be overfed. However, underfeeding is also dangerous for a developing and growing organism. Dry food is given to very small puppies soaked. At the same time, they are soaked in lukewarm water, in no case hot.
An adult Chinese Crested dog is fed twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, 30-60 minutes after the walk. Food is served warm (about 38-40 degrees).
Serving size depends on the age, activity level, health of the animal. For example, very active pets need more food (plus more vitamin B). On average, the Chinese Crested should eat 50-80 grams per day. After the meal is taken, the bowl is removed, the leftovers are removed.
Poor appetite and refusal to feed may indicate that the dog does not have time to get hungry, that is, does not work up an appetite. Usually, after active walks, animals are not capricious and eat everything that is offered to them.
Initially, by making the right diet or choosing the right dry food, you can avoid various diseases and save money that you do not have to spend on treating your pet.
An adult dog does not need variety. It is enough to choose the right food or dry food once, and feed the dog the same throughout its life. Of course, except in cases where it becomes necessary to change the feed, for example, if you have health problems or due to age.