Boxers are fun loving and loyal companions to a lot of families. They are a very active breed that requires a home where they get a lot of exercise. A very strong and muscled breed, it is important that they get the proper balance of protein to maintain good muscle mass. Read on to learn how to choose the best dog food for boxers.
|Dog Food||Quality||Our Rating|
|EUKANUBA Breed Specific Boxer Dry Dog Food||A-|
|Royal Canin Boxer Dry Dog Food||A-|
|Holistic Select Natural Dry Dog Food Lamb Formula||A|
|Wellness Complete Health Natural Dry Dog Food||A-|
|Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dry Dog Food||A-|
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According to Allboxerinfo.com an adult Boxer with a moderate activity level should be fed 40 calories per lb. of body weight daily. Puppies and nursing mothers may need 1.5 times as many calories. Elderly and less active dogs may need closer to 30 calories a day depending on their activity level.
It is recommended that adult Boxer’s be fed in two small meals rather than one large one according to the experts at Be Dog Savvy. This better suites their activity level and dietary needs. Puppies benefit from 5-6 small meals throughout the day.
Boxers have very short noses so they can have breathing issues. Cardiac problems can be a problem, especially if the dog is not getting the appropriate levels of nutrients to prevent this. A dog food that is high in taurine and chondroitin will help keep a Boxer’s heart healthy and fit.
Here’s our pick of some of the best brands in the market.
There is a lot to be said for breed specific dog food. It means that animal nutritionists have put a lot of thought into what will make your dog have a long and healthy life.
Boxer Dog Food has the levels of L-carnitine and natural taurine that help keep your Boxer’s heart healthy and strong.
This formula is specially devised to help keep your active Boxer going strong. Glucosamine and Chondroitin provide what your dog needs for healthy joints and bones throughout their life.
Boxers are a highly muscular breed so they need a dog food that has meat as the first ingredient. Eukanuba’s formula has chicken as the main sources of protein. This is not a grain free formula. Corn, Sorghum, Barley, and Rice provide the roughage and carbohydrates your dog loves.
Boxers are known for having a tendency towards cardiac problems. Royal Canin has addressed this very important health issue with a formula that is made with the levels of Taurine, EPA and DHA, to help keep their cardiac system in strong condition throughout their adult life.
The puppy formula is appropriate for dogs up to 15 months of age after which the adult formula should be used. A lot of thought and science went into creating these breed specific blends. A 30 lb. bag will cost you $50-$60.
At 24% protein, the adult formula has what it takes to develop and maintain the high muscle mass that is a characteristic of the Boxer breed. Customers report that the quality is high and as a result their dog does not eat as much so the price is misleading.
Holistic Select’s Lamb Formula has prebiotics and probiotics for healthy digestion and a strong immune system. The digestive enzymes reduce the risk of your dog getting an upset stomach or any other gastrointestinal distress.
With a bag costing as low as $46 for 30 lbs., this is an outstanding dog food value. Lamb meal and rice are the first two ingredients with pumpkin and flax seeds adding oils for a healthy coat and skin. In fact, dog owners say that their itchy allergy dogs stopped itching after they started eating this food.
Wellness has created a formula that is suitable for Boxers with sensitive stomachs. This fish based formula offers a good alternative to poultry or beef based dog foods.
Fish oils provide the Omega -3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are the basis for healthy skin and coat. Sweet potatoes rather than corn are the source for the carbohydrates and fiber your dog loves and it will help them digest their meals better and more regularly.
This is a very complete dog food so you don’t have to worry about having to add expensive health food supplements to your dog’s food. At about $2 lb. the price is comparable to many quality dog foods.
While many of us just know of Rachael Ray for her chef skills, she has embarked on the journey of making sure your dog is well fed. This wholesome grain free recipe is sure to delight your Boxer.
Plenty of protein means your dog can maintain good muscle mass. The Turkey in this delicious formula is 100% raised in the USA. There are no fillers in this dog food and is highly rated by many customers. This dog food is a good choice if you want an easy to find dog food as well. Many grocery stores carry it.
Customers on Amazon report that they saw a reduction in skin allergies when switching their pets to this food. Glucosamine levels in the food are high enough to offer improvement in joint and bone health. In an active breed like a Boxer, this is very important.
Holistic Health offers a great value considering how much nutritional benefit it has. It is a dog food that negates the need for most if not all extra nutritional supplements even for a high energy dog.
Lamb meal and rice offer plenty of lean protein to keep your Boxer in top physical condition. There is plenty of fat to ensure that joints are well maintained in even the most active dogs. The price puts it well under $2 per lb. which is excellent for any premium dog food.
On the downside there is some grain in the Holistic Health Formula so those that want to go totally grain free will have to look further.
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