This is probably the most commonly asked question we get from our friends in the Bully Community. A lot of people seem to think that breeders/owners of some of the top dogs have this secret they're just holding out from the rest of us.
"They must be using Bully Max or Muscle Bully" feeding them raw eggs, meat by the pound, and training their dog like they're facing the damn Russian in Rocky IV.
Number one, there is no supplement that will make your dog break through it's genetic limits. If your dog is meant to be a Classic Bully, it is not going to grow into an Extreme build with the use of a high protein dog food combined with the best supplements on the market.
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.
Pictured below is a beautiful Classic Bully, all of the supplements in the world aren't going to add mass like Louis V in the 2nd photo.. and thats OK! The Classic is an incredible dog, but it is not in it's genetic makeup to have a build like the d dog. So few people seem to understand this.
If you want to have an Extreme build dog, or a dog with more mass- find a reputable breeder that has the build you're after and purchase from them. 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 have food allergies and may get dry itchy skin or allergies from a food your past dogs don't have any issue with. We will start with the TOP DRY FOOD BRANDS. RAW CAN BE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE and many prefer it, but raw feeding is another article entirely. What I try to do is find a food that has high quality, protein rich ingredients in the first couple ingredients listed. One of our dogs has sensitive skin, so I switched to grain free. You'll have to decide the best fit for your dog(s)
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) Personally, Taste of the Wild & Diamond are both great high protein foods with quality ingredients at an affordable price when compared to some of the others.
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) in the past I had a dog with severe allergies and the difference after switching him over to this food was night and day.
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
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 Dog Food Calculator
Step 1 Your dog’s ideal weight pounds kilograms
Step 2 Your dog’s activity level Step 3 Your dog food’s calories per serving kcal / cup kcal / kg
The calculator’s formula uses a dog’s metabolic weight to suggest an approximate serving size. Dog Food Calculator Guidelines The Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only — not for puppies. And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females. 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.3 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. 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. And 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 ↩ Source: Dog Food Advisor