Feeding your Rottweiler is a very important issue and must be addressed before you get a puppy. You can feed your dog with natural products or dry food – the choice is yours, just remember that it is undesirable to combine dry and natural food. In any case, the diet should be balanced and complete.
How to Feed your Rottweiler Puppy
The Rottweiler puppy grows very quickly, so it needs nutrients to restore its energy reserve. And for good health, it is necessary to include in the diet the right amount of minerals and vitamins.
Whatever you feed the Rottweiler, he should always have clean water freely available.
How to Feed a Rottweiler Puppy with a Natural Diet?
Meat is the main source of protein and an essential component of a Rottweiler puppy’s diet. You can give lamb, beef, veal, rabbit, or poultry (boneless). Boil the meat for up to 3 months, then give it raw. To calculate the required amount of meat, you can use the following formula:
30 grams of meat per 1 kg of dog weight
That is, if your puppy weighs 20 kg, he needs 600 g of meat per day.
Offal – for puppies older than 5 months instead of meat (2-3 times a week).
Sea fish (boneless) – for puppies over 4 months old. It can be served raw or cooked instead of meat (1 – 2 times a week, not more often).
Boiled eggs (for a Rottweiler puppy over 2 months old) – maximum 2 pieces per week.
Fermented milk products (for Rottweiler puppies over 2 months old): cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, fermented baked milk.
Brewer’s yeast can serve as a protein supplement – 1 g per day.
Processed beef fat, sour cream, butter, olive, linseed, or sunflower oil are a source of fat. You can add them to porridge, salad, or soup. But do not overdo it: maximum dosage: 2 g of fat per 1 kg of dog’s weight. If you give more, the dog can get sick.
Cereals (rice, buckwheat, or oatmeal) are a source of carbohydrates. The norm of their giving is 15 g per 1 kg of the Rottweiler’s weight.
Vitamins are found in berries, fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Sprouted grains of oats or wheat will be good for your puppy. But before use, it is worth drying and chopping them. This “dish” can be given once a week – 1 tablespoon to a puppy up to 6 – 7 months.
How Many Times a Day to Feed a Rottweiler?
Rottweiler puppy age Number of feedings per day
Up to 2 months 6 times
2 – 4 months 5 times
4 – 6 months 4 times
6 – 12 months 3 times
Over 12 months 2 times
How to Feed an Adult Rottweiler
Natural Feeding for an Adult Rottweiler
A Rottweiler over 1-year-old eats the same as a puppy under 12 months old, but the daily amount of food is reduced.
The amount of food for an adult Rottweiler with a natural diet is calculated using the following formula:
5% of the Rottweiler weight
The received amount of feed is divided by 2 and dispensed in the morning and in the evening at the same time.
Remember that Rottweilers are prone to obesity, so monitor your pet’s weight and, if necessary, adjust the amount of food.
Dry Food for an Adult Rottweiler
Dry food for an adult Rottweiler must meet the following requirements:
- Choose premium or super-premium food.
- It is better to focus on trusted manufacturers with a good reputation.
- Make sure that the expiration date has not passed.
- When calculating serving size, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations on the packaging.
- Buy the right food. Breastfeeding bitches and older dogs should be fed differently.
As a rule, when feeding good dry food, supplementing the diet with vitamins or mineral supplements is not required. If there is a deficiency of any substance in the body, consult your veterinarian to find a suitable feeding.
What Can not be Fed to a Rottweiler
Never give the Rottweiler the following foods:
- Peas, beans, and other legumes.
- Chocolate and other sweets.
- Sausages, sausage.
- Tubular bones.
- Pickled, fried, smoked, salted.
- Citrus fruits (tangerines, oranges, lemons, etc.)
- Raisins, grapes.
- River fish.