What is the best dog food for a Pitbull?
The Pitbull is not a breed formally recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but is the common name for several similar formal breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully and Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Staffie.
Pitbulls originate from fighting dogs bred in England for bear and bull baiting, which is why they have a reputation in the media for being dangerous and aggressive. In fact, pet pitbulls today can have a very gentle temperament and make good pets.
Given that the name “Pitbull” is a generic term used to describe several different types of dogs, including Blue Pitbulls, Red Nose Pitbulls and Bully Pitbulls, it is hard to say which kind of dog food is best, but there are some common factors that are applicable to all Pitbull type breeds.
Pitbulls are classed as a medium sized breed, characterized by a stocky, muscular build, so they need a high protein dog food to gain muscle. They are strong and powerful dogs that can weigh between 30 and 70lbs. As a general rule, Pitbulls tend to enjoy eating, so owners need to monitor how much food they are consuming in order to avoid health issues linked to being overweight or obese.
Some Pitbulls show signs of skin allergies or food intolerances, such as itchy skin or digestive issues. Grain free and gluten free dog food, both canned wet versions and dried kibble, is commonly available from many dog food brands and these recipes are recommended for owners than want to remove potential food irritants such as corn, soy or wheat from their pet’s diet.
Pitbulls can be lively and playful by nature and need the right kind of dog food to meet their energy requirements and nutritional needs, of around 922-1740 calories a day. Puppies and young adult Pitbulls that are growing and active will need more calories than older or more sedentary dogs.
As with all breeds of dogs, quality sources of protein and fat are essential for peak health. The top wet and dry dog foods contain meat protein as the main ingredient as well as recognizable fats such as chicken fat and fish oil rather than by-products, cheap fillers and artificial additives.
With regards to potential health issues, Pitbulls can be prone to joint problems in later life, such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia. Some owners choose to feed a Pitbull puppy with a large breed puppy food because of the beneficial calcium to phosphorous ratio and slightly lower protein and calorie content to promote a slower rate of growth, which is said to reduce the risk of developing joint problems later on.
Generally puppies can be moved on to an adult dog food when they reach 90% of their full size. Pitbull puppies typically thrive on three meals a day, adults on two. In common with all dog breeds, Pitbulls have their own individual preferences, lifestyles and dietary needs, so there is no “one size fits all” dog food that suits all Pitbulls.