What Is the Best Dog Food for a Boxer?
Boxers are a large medium sized breed that has a very distinctive appearance. As a breed, Boxers are notorious for being very energetic, active dogs that need a lot of exercise and as such they need a diet that meets their specific needs.
Boxers are boisterous dogs that need owners who can give them a high amount of exercise every day. To maintain peak health, Boxers need a good dog food that provides a nutritionally balanced mix of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, including calcium for bones and joints, and L-carnitine and taurine for the heart.
Boxers can suffer from food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities. If their food contains certain trigger ingredients they may experience discomfort in the form of skin allergies, a sensitive stomach or excessive gas.
Different dogs have different allergies or food intolerances, so owners may need to try several different kinds of dog food to find a recipe that best suits their Boxer. Symptoms of food allergies include skin issues such as itching, irritation, redness or bald patches. Food intolerances can cause digestive problems such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea or vomiting.
Common ingredients that may cause unpleasant reactions in some Boxers include corn, wheat, soy, yeast and gluten, as well as artificial additives such as flavors and colors, and by-products. Fortunately many dog food manufacturers have developed recipes that are free from these ingredients. Owners of Boxers with skin allergies or a sensitive stomach should look for terms such as “grain free”, “free from” or “limited diet” on dog food labels.
Cheap dog foods are more likely to contain lower quality, processed ingredients and fillers that could aggravate symptoms of allergies and food intolerances and are low in nutritional value. The number one ingredient of a top dog food should be meat protein and the overall protein content should be at least 20-30%. Premium dog food brands do cost more but are more likely to be made from real natural ingredients and be more nutrient dense.
The best dog food for Boxers really depends on the preferences and dietary requirements of the individual dog, and may be a dry kibble or a wet dog food.