Rottweiler nutrition is a rather important issue on which the health, physical development, and appearance of the animal depend. A dog whose diet is incorrectly selected will have a much shorter lifespan than a pet whose menu is composed correctly.
How Much to Feed a Rottweiler?
It is better to decide on the type of food for the dog even before the puppy gets into his new home. The advantage of natural feeding is that the dog is guaranteed to receive fresh and natural products that the owner will buy for him. The disadvantages include the fact that the owner will take a lot of time to prepare the dishes. In addition, natural food will not contain the complex of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the development and existence of the animal. You will have to buy supplements separately.
Important! Natural dog food should be cooked for 1-2 days. It is highly undesirable to feed your pet with porridge or stew, which is more than two days old.
Dry food is convenient because it does not need to be cooked. Factory food is much easier to use and store, there are no problems with calculating the optimal portions for dogs of different ages and sizes. Most premium feeds include lines that are tailored to the individual characteristics of a particular breed. The owner who is determined to feed his pet with dry food should be prepared for the fact that a quality product will be quite expensive.
Important! You can’t feed a Rottweiler both. You need to choose either dry or natural food. The only thing allowed is to mix factory-made wet dog food and dry food. Pelleted food can be used as the main diet, and wet food can be used as a treat.
If the owner initially fed the dog with the natural food and wanted to transfer the pet to food, it is quite possible to do this. The main thing is that the translation process is smooth. This is especially true for puppies, elderly dogs, pregnant and lactating females.
List of Approved Foods
Those who still want to become a chef for their pet need to know exactly what can be given to them and whatnot. The list of foods permitted for feeding Rottweilers includes:
- beef, turkey, chicken (meat should be either after defrosting or after five-minute heat treatment);
- beef or pork offal (boiled, no more than 2 times a week);
- sea fish (boiled, no more than 2 times a week);
- chicken eggs (boiled, once a week);
- porridge made from oatmeal, buckwheat, rice (cooked in water or not steep meat broth);
- fermented milk products (up to 4 times a week);
- cucumbers, beetroot, beans, pumpkin, zucchini (both raw and boiled or stewed);
- sunflower or olive oil.
Even if the diet is formulated correctly, a dog on a natural diet will need an additional dose of vitamins and minerals. You can buy ready-made complexes at a veterinary pharmacy.
Important! Sausages, smoked meats, baked goods, fish, and poultry bones are all under the strictest prohibition. It is also categorically impossible to feed the dog from a human table. You should not accustom your pet to snacks. You can use your favorite treats as rewards for completing commands.
Rottweiler puppies need to be fed much more often than adult dogs. From six times a day, it is necessary to gradually transfer the dog to two meals a day. Portions are calculated based on the weight of the dog. So, on a day, a Rottweiler should eat a volume of food equal to 5% of its weight. A veterinarian will help you figure out how to draw up a diet.