|Barked: Sun Apr 11, '10 6:31am PST |
|I have 3 Blue Heelers (AKA Australian Cattle Dogs), and they're all extremely active. We hike for atleast 2 hours on the average day, compete in Agility as well as attend Agility classes, and are always doing something. We choose to feed a very high fat/high protien dry food - actually, it's the highest fat/protein percents I've found in any dog food. We feed Natura EVO dry foods, and add in wet food or fresh foods daily to their meals. My 55lb male eats less than 2.5 cups a day, while the 35lb female and other 40lb male do well on only 1.5 cups a day. Vista (the female) poops maybe 2-3 times a day if that, and the boys poop upwards of 5-6 times a day simply from being silly active boys that get "stirred up" I suppose. All dogs are different! This food is only food that I've found that can keep the weight on Remington (my 55lb male) without having to feed him an absurd amount of food. On Wellness Core and Merrick BG he lost a significant amount of weight feeding nearly 3 cups a day.
So all I am saying if you deffenitly want to go for a good brand of food, but how much you feed and how your dog will do on it will be different for every dog. I suggest trying different brands/amounts for several months at a time - if you're liking what you see, continue with the food, but if you're not then switch to something else. As a general guideline, you probably don't want to feed a food you can get at your local supermarket - they (usually) carry the cheap brands stuffed with fillers, by-products, chemicals, and other crap you don't really want your dog to eat. However, if that is all you can afford then try around those foods the same way. I would rather people feed their dog crappy food than give up their dogs to a shelter, or worse, not feed them enough.
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