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Best Dog Food For Dobermans?

July 27th, 2008 Posted in Doberman Health & Care

Just like we humans need proper nutrition to be healthy and happy so too do our dogs.But the decision on what to feed our dogs can be a confusing one. Grocery stores usually have a whole aisle dedicated to pet food with a large assortment of products. The fact that there lacks regulations in pet food labelling only makes things harder for consumers.But with the very real concern of contaminated food from bacteria and chemicals, we need to put some effort into educating ourselves for the sake of our pet’s well-being.  So what doberman food should we consider?

Ideally we would want to feed our dogs home-made meals but this is just not practical for most people. My personal recommendation if you are going to feed a commercial food, is to find a good quality kibble and supplement it with other “real” goodies to ensure your dog is getting a well-rounded diet. Also consider alternating between dry and canned food. Canned food is usually more nutritious than dry dog food since it contains less preservatives and grain ingredients.  When looking for a good dog food, you want to avoid kibbles high in grains (corn, flour,etc) and choose one with a meat in the first three ingredients.  Also look for chicken meat instead of chicken by-product for example.  To help you compare different dog food brands, you can read our previous post for more tips.

Here are some ideas to boost the nutrition and flavour of a boring dry dog food.

  • Add chicken broth or natural gravy to dry kibble.
  • Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.
  • Add full-fat plain yogurt to the dish.
  • Add a teaspoon or two (depending on your dogs size) of flaxseed oil or fish oil to the kibble (omega-3 acids)

As for treats, if you can’t find a product that has organic, human-grade ingredients then try a home-made cookie recipe. But if you hate cooking, an easy alternative is to give your dog veggie treats like carrots and green beans. Chopped fruits like pears and apples are another healthy alternative to high carb, poor quality store-bought treats.

Instead of rawhides that may have preservatives, are bleached, have artificial flavours and colors, ask a butcher for marrow or knuckle bones. To kill any surface bacteria, submerge the bones in boiling water for about 30 seconds, just long enough to kill the bacteria. Remember that cooking bones makes them easier to splinter so avoid giving your dog cooked bones.

Foods you should avoid include: chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts, grapes/raisins, soy and citrus.

I don’t recommend vegetarian diets for dogs. Dogs are omnivores who favour meat. In the wild, dogs naturally eat meat, bones, vegetables and grains.You should aim to give your domestic dog the same diet as their wild family members eat.

In tommorow’s post I’ll provide you with guidelines to find good quality dog food at the store for your doberman.

Doberman food Guide

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32 Responses to “Best Dog Food For Dobermans?”

  1. rita Says:

    me and my husband just got a baby doberman.
    we are reaserching and trying to find the best food for our baby, if you can please let me know what you think is good.
    i wouldnt mind cooking for my baby either, so if you know any good recipes for dobermands i would love to get some answers… thank you so much


  2. Nikki (Australia) Says:

    I totally disagree with feeding any kind of commercially produced dog foods – especially for Dobes.

    The best diet you can feed a dobe is BARF based so please avoid the poisons that they mask ask “dog food” and take the time to feed a raw natural diet.

    As for putting bones into boiling water! DON’T!! Also Marrow & knuckle bones are the worst kind you can get – try beef brisket or lamb brisket , lamb neck, lamb chine bones, chicken frames and chicken necks – these bones can be consumed in their entirity and never splinter – they provide the best source of calcium for a growing pup and naturally keep the teeth clean. Bones do not need to be boiled at all as a dog as very strong acids and is not susceptable to food poisonings as humans – fresh human grade bones should be fine for any dog!

    As a dog owner it is your obligation to feed your dog the best you can – feeding a BARF diet doesn’t cost any more than those over priced packaged poisons and it offers you dog the best chance for a healthy life, it takes a little planning and preparation – but if you can’t be bothered to prepare you dogs food – you probably shouldn’t have a dog & are the type of person who only eats food they can get served at them in a drive-thru!

    Yes I am a BARF NAZI – but I love my dogs and want them to live happy healthy long lives.


  3. JOSE GOMEZ Says:

    Tengo un Doberman de 2 anos, y quiero saber cual de estas marcas son las mas convenientes para su salud (Dow Chow, Eukanuba).

    JOSE GOMEZ


  4. Tricia Blount Says:

    I brought my dobie home on Iams. He later starting having terrible flatulence. So I did some research and learned that Iams wasnt a great food and that I should by kibble with a meat as its first 2-3 ingredients and that even better avoid foods with corn, wheat etc. Well I tried that and I’m still buying it to give it more time, but it hasnt changed one bit. He is on Taste of the Wild, which is rated 5 stars and has been on it since Dec 10th. My thoughts on dog food is that it doesnt seem to matter. He actually favors my yorkies Purina One, so if this doesnt work, he may end up on that.


  5. Jaki Says:

    Tricia my dog also had bad flatulence when he was younger. He was on good food as well. I haven’t changed his food and he seems to be having less stink bombs now that he’s older.
    Along with poor quality food, other causes for flatulence include eating to fast, swallowing air. Or it may be a side effect of medication or allergies. If you’re dog eats to fast you may wish to try one the special bowls for slowing them down.


  6. Darren Says:

    My doberman is 2 months old. Does non-cook chicken neck means raw chicken neck? Not even boil? Brisket seems doesn’t suit her. Is it ok if i mix the chicken with cooked rice?


  7. Dorey and nemo Says:

    We have two dobs that are huge. Best dogs ever. We use to have boxers and feed them Iams. Once they passed away we tried to switch it up.to eukanouba, which by far is the best and probably the most expensive. You pay for what you get . We spend twoo hundred dollars on food per months but its well worth it.. After all, they would do anything for you, do treat them like gold because there the shortest living best friend, yet the longest memorie :)


  8. Terry Says:

    It really doesn’t matter what I give to Diva. She stinks up the house all the time but it’s worth it for her companionship.


  9. debojyoti Says:

    my jimmy is six yrs old and he is very special to me and my family.a few days ago he was in a dying condition and we were puzzled.but mr.brojen roy has saved our jimmy and now he is free from danger.now i have come to know that dobs need light food and not the heavy.


  10. manas Says:

    hello frds,
    plz help me i can’t able to stop the hair fall of my dog so tell the way to stop…………and food will good for him….. send ur usefull thought to me…………………….


  11. Jaki Says:

    are you sure it’s not normal dog hair shedding??
    if not you should see a vet.


  12. Manas Says:

    Can a dog eat egg?is there any problem….


  13. Jaki Says:

    yes, eggs are nutritious, but I would avoid raw eggs.


  14. Glenn Says:

    Saxi boy loves his eggs,and it keeps his coat Slick…!


  15. Keava Says:

    My dobe girl 11mths is very loose and flatulant, when we got her, she was on pedigree so I immediately weaned her to red mills mother and pup. This seemed to suit her but I was very aware that there was too much corn in the kibble. I now have her on purina beta large breed puppy, but I am looking for a new food as she is very flatulant and in the last few weeks she has gotten very loose. I had her on royal canine for 2 months but she was having terrible diorrea so I took her off it. I have always supplimented her diet with cod liver oil, vitamin e oil (high quality human consumption grade) and cooked lean beef, duck, chicken, etc, that we have left over from dinner, only the meat with no seasonings is put in with her food. She also eats way too fast and has almost choked a few times. I tried an anti bloat bowl but it didnt help, a friend told me to put a large clean rock in her bowl so she has to eat around it, iI tried that, but she tried to eat the rock and chipped a tooth. It’s gotten to the point that I have to put a small handfull of kibble on the ground for her to eat and space out her feeding over a few minites like so, can anyone help me with these problems as I am very worried about my girl?


  16. Abilash Says:

    HI my name is abilash i`ve bought a baby doberman 2 months old we got it just 2 days back n its not eating anything from then on and it`s not even drinking water,milk i`ve tried all kinds of puppy dog foods and i`m now that he`ll starve if he doesn`t eat anything pls help!!!!!!!!!!


  17. Jaki Says:

    if he’s not drinking you should take him to vet and ask breeder for help


  18. PJ Says:

    We feed our three Dobes Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet. It’s got a very short list of ingredients (as the name indicates) and is grain-free and low on other allergens, which is important as one of our dogs is prone to allergies. It’s rather expensive ($45 for a 30lb bag) but good dog food is pricey – you’re paying for quality ingredients and lack of fillers and other unhealthy stuff. We also supplement with multivitamins and glucosamine. I know Dobe owners who prefer a raw meat diet, but that’s quite a bit more expensive. Maybe one day!


  19. Chris Says:

    I have a doberman dat gets staff infection for eating dog food. Anyone kno what i can give her? Is raw meat good for her?she on anti biotics but its not really doin much for her because of the dog food.


  20. Julie N. Says:

    I want to know why in that poll there isn’t an option for the white doberman. This guide was helpful! I already put in some chicken broth but now I can mix it up with cheese! Thank you!


  21. Theresa Says:

    We have a 4 year old king size Dobbie, we have always fed him(large breed) Eukanuba so he can get the right nutrients. We also add either a scoop of cottage cheese or hard boiled egg. He always gets chicken with kibble too!


  22. surraz Says:

    Heyy..! i have a dobe/shepherd, 7 months of age i rescued her from a guy who could’t take care of such a beautiful dog. she’s a bit cross of a dobe and German shepherd but she is mostly a dobe apart than her fur. she was really skinny when i got her but now she’s doing a lot better than before. i feed her twice a day (boiled chicken parts/eggs with flour/rcie) mostly, what made me curious is what really should i feed her? she seems happy but her body posture is not improving esp HEIGHT. please help me to help my dog.


  23. jayakanth Says:

    SURRAZ same problem mine also, having dober/shephered cross breed his age is 7 month old, looks like dobe. But the think is he is not growing taller, he is in normal height only, but brilliance and evrything is ok. So please share about your current position too, other people pls guide me.


  24. Jewel Villalta Says:

    My dobie pup has big bones and the vet wasn’t happy with her uneven growth, she put her on the Barf diet. I can add raw meats to her diet such as chicken necks, thighs, beef. Never cook any meat that has bones in it! Within one week my 3 months old puppy gain 7lb of muscle. Her hair is so shinny and her bowl movements are half the size of what they were. Barf food is expensive but when you start doing research on a raw food diet for dogs, you’ll find ways to save money on what you can buy from the grocery store to add to it.


  25. Benson Says:

    Hi all, I just got my blue doberman and my plan is to feed him ORIJEN LARGE PUPPY dog food. I’m advised this is the best food for blue dobby so i decided to buy this. Is it true that this dog food is not good because of high protien?


  26. katherine Says:

    My Doberman is 5 months an weigh 45 pounds he eats blue call of the wild ..best for any breed .. At 5 months hes very tall an stocky the food did wonders for his body.


  27. chandrahas Says:

    HI my name is chandrahas i`ve bought a baby doberman 2 months old we got it just 4 days back n its not eating anything from then on and it`s not even drinking water,milk i`ve tried all kinds of puppy dog foods and i`m now that he`ll starve if he doesn`t eat anything pls help!!!!!!!!!!


  28. Antonio Says:

    Best diet is the diet that works best for your dog. Dogs have been domesticated over 10,000 years and during that time they have eaten, survived, thrived, and scavenged on things beyond most contemporary thinking. If your dog does well on $80 a bag Orijen go for it, if $22 Purina Dog Chow works buy that. Don’t be deceived by all the marketing and hype surrounding dogs and pet food. Genetics are by and far the most important thing, so if your that concerned about your dog, make sure your buying or getting a pup from a reliable breeder, shelter etc, that can give you accurate results regarding the genetics, health problems etc of your dog. This will give you a good indication of the life expetancy and growth expectancy long term of your dog.


  29. annie Says:

    I have had six dobes and they all had a terrible gas problem. I found a dog food that was the best. I can no longer find this food. It is called Joy. Anyone else ever use this? I have moved down south and am waiting for my new pup. So I am once again looking for this.


  30. terry heck Says:

    getting a 7 week old red male Doberman in july just want to start it on the best puppy food I can get for him any suggestions?


  31. Christopher Blake Says:

    I have had my doberman puppies since they were 4 weeks old, now they are 13 weeks old. They keep slipping to a not so solid stool. Their stool has only been solid for a week out of the 9 weeks that I have had them. It is getting very hard. We fed them Blue Buffalo Wildress Large Breed Puppy food. It has the protein, etc that they need. I do not think it is the food, but it could be. It is getting really frustrating and it is hard to house break a puppy that has dirrhea to a real loose stool all the time. Does anyone have any suggestions. We have been to the vet 4 times, at first they had Colmeidia (where the mother did not keep them very clean as babies)….now she just does not know. She wants to put them on this RX puppy food that is $100 for a 24lb, ouch! That is out of budget. I need some help. Anyone got any suggestions? Thank you so much!


  32. Bernadette Says:

    my baby will be 4 months old in a few days; she already had surgery because of extreme intussusception, where the small intestine fold inside itself. Diarrhea is big concern as she can have hookworms or coccidiasis or coccidia. Please have vet doing a fecal test!! Mine is on Iams per breeder feeding and going great now; not much flatulence! Poop is solid!! and weight is back!! As prior post said, whatever woiks for your dog! the surgeon told us that Iams is a great food, puppy large breed! Even the vet was fine with Iams. Doberman seems to have a susceptible digestive system! We want to teach her to swim and it seems that it will be great excercise as they have no fat and will sink even with their webbed paws, so more work so more energy needed!!


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