What Is the Best Dog Food for a Doberman Pinscher?
The Doberman Pinscher is a large breed of dog that was originally bred in the late 1800s by a German tax collector, Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman, who also ran the local dog pound and wanted a fearless and loyal dog to protect him during his tax collecting work. It is believed that Dobermans were created to get desired characteristics from a mix of several different breeds, possibly German Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Greyhounds, among others.
Given that Dobermans were originally bred for personal protection, it is not surprising that they are commonly used as guard dogs. Modern Dobermans are known for their loyalty to their owners, high intelligence and obedience. If they are trained well, they can make good companion pets, but they are an energetic breed and need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
Dobermans are large and powerful dogs that generally weigh from 70-100lbs. To stay in shape Dobermans need their owners to give them an active lifestyle and feed them a healthy dog food that provides them with the right balance of energy and nutrients to keep them in peak condition.
How much to feed a Doberman depends on its life stage, level of activity, weight and health issues. As a guide, the recommended energy intake for an active 90lb Doberman is 2100 calories per day. Older dogs or those with a sedentary lifestyle will need to consume fewer calories to avoid gaining too much weight. Doberman puppies and young adult dogs will need more energy per ounce as they are still growing, and it is recommended they are fed a large breed puppy food with the right calcium to phosphorous ratio until the age of 6 months, when they can move on to an adult formula dog food, either a kibble or a wet recipe, or a mix of both.
All dogs need to get some of their energy from fat in their food. At least 5% of their diet should be fat (8% for puppies). Most wet and dry dog foods contain a much higher amount of fat, so owners should pay attention to the quality of the fat in their dog’s food rather than the quantity. Good sources include fish oils as they contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that are good for the brain, heart, skin and coat.
The best kind of dog food for a Doberman should provide enough protein from good quality animal sources. Owners should check that at least the first ingredient is a meat protein, such as a whole meat like beef, lamb, fish or chicken or an organ meat such as liver. Dobermans, like other breeds, are omnivores and are able to digest plant ingredients such as vegetables and fruits, but grains or other carbohydrates shouldn’t be the main ingredient, as protein is most important.
Dobermans as a breed as not particularly prone to skin allergies related to diet or food intolerances, but owners of Dobermans with sensitive stomachs may find an improvement by switching to a grain free dog food or a brand made from natural ingredients like Orijen or Merrick.
Like other deep-chested breeds, Doberman Pinschers can be prone to bloat. To help prevent this occurring, dogs should be fed small meals two or three times a day and owners should take care to avoid feeding their dog just before or after exercise.