Let's Talk... About Rottweiler Food

You are what you eat and so is your dog!

Rottweiler food is one of the most important factors in keeping your dog healthy.

I'm sure you've heard the different news reports over the last few years about dog food recalls and such.

You have to be your Rottie's advocate when it comes to dog food.

In an effort to make more profits, dog food company's put the same kind of crap in your Rotties food as they put in people food, only worse.

All the preservatives and flavor enhancers that are now being found to cause numerous ailment's, aren't any better for your Rottie than they are for you!

But just as bad are the animal by-products that are put into some dog food brands, like Chicken By-Product Meal, which is defined as the following:

  • Made from grinding clean, rendered parts of poultry carcasses and can contain bones, offal and undeveloped eggs, but only contains feathers that are unavoidable in the processing of the poultry
  • Offal is defined like this: Trimmings and internal organs of a butchered animal

I used to feed my Rottweiler what I thought was a premium brand dog food, until I got to talking with a lady one day at my mom's house.

It was pretty clear that she knew a lot about the subject. She spent almost an hour schooling me on the horrible things that are put into commercial dog food. After she about scared me to death, I started doing my own research.

The Rottweiler food I had been feeding him wasn't the worst by any means, but it was a far cry from what I expected from a so-called premium pet food (name withheld to protect the guilty).

How much and how often to feed your Rottweiler

The answer to that question depends on 3 things:

  1. Your dogs age
  2. Your dogs activity level
  3. The quality of food your feeding

Just like with people food, different levels of protein, carbs and nutrients in the food makes the difference in how much your dog needs to eat in order to get what he needs. With a higher quality food that has good protein content you won't need to feed as much.

As a general rule of thumb you should feed your dog twice a day, roughly 12 hours apart. The amount should be somewhere between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups per feeding.

Here is where you'll need to use your human judgement. If your Rottie is highly active you'll want to be feeding on the high end of that scale. If she's a couch potato then you'll want to stay on the bottom end of the scale.

Visually inspect your dog every day (especially a growing puppy) and feel her ribs. You should be able to feel the ribs easily, and not have to push through a layer of fat.

Keeping your Rottweiler at a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your dog!

What's the best Rottweiler food?

The best way to determine the quality of your Rottweiler food is look at the protein content, and if it is the first listed ingredient. You don't want to feed your dog a low quality food that contains grain fillers that add NO nutritional value, and can cause severe allergies.

Or foods that contain extremely poor quality protein content like the by-product meals mentioned above.

Myself and many other Rottie owners that I know, have found that grain-free food is the best. It eliminates itchy skin, dull coat and lack of energy problems that poor quality foods then to cause.

My own research, experience and the experience of other Rottweiler owners has found 4 different brands of dog food that work best - depending on your dog. They each contain several different varieties (tastes, etc. including puppy specific)

  1. Blue Buffalo
  2. California Naturals
  3. Wellness Super5Mix
  4. Innova

These 4 foods work very well for Rottweilers in particular. If you're feeding a low-quality food right now, you will notice a significant difference in your dogs skin, coat and eye goobers.

I feed my male Rottie Chevy the Lamb-Meal, Millet & Rice formula from Blue Buffalo.  I feed this particular variety because Chevy has a rather sensitive stomach, tends to have itchy skin issues, and this formula works best for him (lamb and rice seem to be easier on the tummy).

Common Spelling errors & Synonyms

When you're searching for information it will help to know these common spelling errors such as Rotweiler, Rottweiller, or Rotwiler. Some common synonyms are Rottie and Rott

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