There is no supplement that will make your dog break through it's genetic limits. Exercise is great, but strapping weights on your dog (unless competing in weight pull or other athletic events) and over feeding and over using supplements will probably cause more harm than good. That being said, a proper diet and correct use of supplements and vitamins CAN help your dog reach THEIR full potential.
You aren't going to get there with food alone, and stop wasting money on Supplements thinking you're going to bypass genetics.
Genetics>Food, working out, weights, running etc.
A dog gets it's genetic makeup from it's parents, grandparents etc. Don't expect to bypass genetics with food and supplements.
A good gauge to use when determining what your new puppy's adult build may be is by looking at the parents and grandparents in the pedigree.
But even then, genetics are tricky and you're not guaranteed the build you desire.
Now, onto the best food to feed your dog.. Every dog is different, some may have food allergies or get dry itchy skin from a food your past dogs didn't have any issue with. We will start with the Top Dry Foods. Raw can be an excellent choice and many prefer it, but raw feeding is another article entirely. When deciding on a food, look for one that has high quality, protein rich ingredients in the first couple ingredients listed.
Click below for a list of ingredients, review and overall rating. This should give you a good starting point to choose a solid food for your dog's unique needs and one that fits within your budget. I usually add Fish Oil/Omega's and a Multi vitamin. Order in bulk to save money.
Five Star Rated Dry Dog Foods we have personally had great results with: Castor & Pollux, Blue Buffalo, Diamond, Merrick Grain Free, Taste of the Wild, and the premium brands Evo & Orijen (For those with more to spend)
If you want to keep updated with recent dog food recalls to prevent harm to your dog, you can find them here: Dog Food Recalls
If your dog has severe allergies (bumbs on skin, eye mucous, constantly itching face, scratching at tail) The #1 Veterinary Rated Food is Acana (I like the Lamb & Apple)
The Dog Food Calculator below can help you estimate the proper serving size for your pet. It’s based upon a study published by a respected veterinary institute.
To use the calculator, you’ll need to know your dog’s ideal weight. This is what you believe your pet should weigh.
You’ll also need to know the number of calories in the specific dog food you’re feeding him/her
The calculator’s formula uses a dog’s metabolic weight to suggest an approximate serving size.
Dog Food Calculator
The Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.
Your dog’s ideal weight
Your dog’s activity level
Your dog food’s calories per serving
kcal / cup kcal / kg
Small to medium breeds may be considered adults after about six months of age.
However, large and giant breeds shouldn’t be fed as adults until they reach around one to two years — depending upon the breed.
Senior Dogs Older dogs have significantly lower energy needs than younger ones. So, it’s easy for them to put on extra weight.
In general, small to medium dogs are considered seniors at about seven years of age. However, larger breeds reach senior status much sooner — some as early as five.4 Converting From Calories to Serving Size
Once you’ve entered your dog’s ideal weight and activity level, you’ll know the number of calories per day. However, to convert calories into something you can use, you’ll need to enter the number of calories in your dog’s food. The number of calories in a given amount of dog food is known as its metabolizable energy (ME, for short). It’s usually reported somewhere on a dog food package like this…
Calories per cup (kcal/cup)
Calories per kilogram (kcal/kilogram)
By the way, the calculator assumes you’re feeding your dog just once a day.
If you prefer to feed your dog twice a day, be sure to divide your result in half so that both meals add up to the full daily calories suggested.
If you prefer to feed your dog twice a day, be sure to divide your result in half so that both meals add up to the full daily calories suggested. The Bottom Line
Since every dog is unique, it’s impossible to predict the serving size that’s perfect for each pet.
So, start with the package’s feeding instructions — or the amount suggested by our calculator. Be sure to weigh your dog every few weeks.
Then, simply adjust that suggested serving size up or down to reach and maintain your pet’s ideal weight.
Sure, it’s a little work. But in the end, it’s the only real life method you can scientifically rely on.
Final Word This tool is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Footnotes
Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 14 ↩
ME (kcal/day) = 110 (body weight in kilograms)0.75 to maintain a typical adult dog ↩
Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 4 ↩
Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 16 ↩