Large dog breeds have very specific needs when it comes to food – and not just that they need more of it! We look at how the needs of large dog breeds differ to that of small dog breeds when it comes to food and outline the best dog food for large dogs. You can also browse our extensive range of dog food for large breeds.
What Food do Large Dog Breeds Need?
If you’re an owner of a large dog, you’ll already know that they have very specific dietary needs. You may think that because a dog is larger their stomach will be larger too, however, large breeds actually have a proportionally smaller stomach than smaller breeds. This means they require a higher nutrient density from their food. There are additional things to take into account with large dogs – they are more prone to obesity so the amount they are fed needs to be managed carefully.
Big dogs do have larger mouths though and will tend to gobble up their food as fast as they can. This can cause bloat or twisted stomach which is a common issue in larger dogs. A good large dog food should have bigger kibble to help slow down the speed of eating. Their increased weight and size also puts more of a strain on the joints of large breeds so it’s important they have food that keeps their joints as strong as they can be.
How Much Should I Feed My Large Breed Dog?
A common misconception is that large breed dogs will always need more food than a smaller dog and therefore cost more to feed. However this is not always the case, a highly active medium size dog could actually end up needing more food than a bigger dog who is less active. When it comes to deciding how much to feed your dog, we always recommend speaking to your vet to get a bespoke diagnosis based on your individual dog but here’s a rough guide on how much to feed based on dog size.
What about Puppies of Large Breeds?
Large breed puppies need their diet monitored extra carefully to avoid them growing too quickly. It is common for owners to overestimate the amount of food that large dogs need as puppies. If your puppy is overfed and grows too quickly they can be at increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease which covers the following issues:
- Hip or Elbow Dysplasia
- Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Purchasing a large breed puppy food will help to avoid these issues and encourage healthy growth in your dog. We have more advice on dog food for puppies which explains how to feed your puppy little and often so they grow at the right pace.
What is the Best Large Breed Puppy Food?
For large breed puppies we recommend Symply Large Breed Puppy Food which contains reduced levels of calcium and phosphorous, allowing young bones to develop at the correct rate and lowering the risk of skeletal and joint problems later in life. It’s specially formulated for big breeds to help them develop correctly in their early years so we can’t recommend it enough! It’s definitely one of the best large breed puppy foods in the UK and a 2kg bag is available for just £10.99 in our online store.
What is the Best Large Breed Dog Food?
If you have an adult dog of a large breed, here are our recommendations on the best foods to feed them:
- James Wellbeloved Large Breed Dog Food
- Arden Grange Large Breed Dog Food
- Eukanuba Large Breed Dog Food
- Beta Large Breed Dog Food
Find our full reviews of the best large breed dog food UK below:
James Wellbeloved Turkey & Rice Large Breed Adult takes a handful of ingredients from nature, one source of animal protein and combines them with all the vitamins and minerals your large adult dog needs. It has everything that a large breed dog needs like higher nutrient density and larger kibble size as well as all the natural goodness found in every James Wellbeloved dog food. James Wellbeloved are a great brand overall and placed highly in our best dog food UK rankings. A 4kg bag of this highest quality large dog food is available online now for £19.29.
Arden Grange Adult Large Breed is one of the best dog food for large dogs that we stock. It is in a larger kibble size for a bigger bite and increased levels of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM which helps maintain supple, strong joints and cartilage; so important in large and giant breeds. Made using fresh chicken and rice, this is bound to go down well with your dog. You can get a 2kg bag of Adren Grange Adult Large Breed at the great price of just £7.99 in our online store now.
Eukanuba’s Dog Food for Adult Large Breeds is recommended for large dogs such as German Shepherds, Labradors, Great Danes and Golden Retrievers. It supports healthy joint cartilage by providing glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, optimal levels of vitamins and minerals, and a precise balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. The reduced fat level helps maintain optimal weight to minimise stress on your large dog’s joints. A 3kg bag of Eukanuba’s large breed dog food is available online for just £16.49.
Beta Adult Large Breed is a complete dry dog food designed to be used as a large breed dog’s main meal. This special formula provides 100% balanced nutrition, tailored for large breed adult dogs to support a lean body mass and active mobility. Beta provide tailored nutrition for large breed dogs including essential amino acids to support vital organ functions including the heart, and omega 3 fatty acids to support healthy joints. It’s the best value large breed dog food around at the moment as we have it reduced to just £7.99 for a 2.5kg bag!
Thanks for reading our guide to the best dog food for large dogs in the UK. We hope that this has made your decision making a bit easier, the best value is the Beta Large Breed Dog Food but if it’s quality you’re after we definitely recommend the James Wellbeloved Large Breed. As always, we’re happy to help if you have any questions so don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call today on 01492 542662.