Choose a puppy food formulated for large dogs. These are not as high in fat, protein or calories as other puppy foods, and help prevent health problems that boxers are particularly at risk for, like hip dysplasia.
Feed your boxer puppy at least twice as much food as he will eat as an adult. Adult boxers typically eat about two cups of food per day, so feed him about four cups per day until he is 6 months old. Refer to the portion guidelines on your puppy food package.
Portion your puppy’s food into several meals. Boxers are at higher risk for bloat, a life-threatening condition that often results from eating too much too fast. Instead of feeding your puppy twice a day, feed him smaller meals throughout the day, at scheduled times.
Monitor your puppy’s weight. You should be able to feel his ribs when you hold him, so if you can’t, slow down his food intake. Conversely, if you can see his ribs, increase his food intake.
General feeding schedule
Young puppies (less than six months of age) often eat three times per day: once in the morning, once at mid-day, and once in the evening.
Older puppies (six months of age to adulthood) typically transition to eating twice per day: once in the morning and once in the evening.
Fresh water should always be available during and between mealtimes.
During your puppy’s house-training process, you may want to remove food and water a few hours prior to bedtime to reduce the risk of night time “accidents.”
What to feed my Boxer puppy
Puppyhood is a very brief part of your boxer’s life!
It is vital to make sure your puppy’s food contains every single vitamin, mineral, and nutrient she will need to grow up healthy and strong.
Many dog owners today are embracing non-traditional pet diets that include raw food and homemade dog food.
However, far fewer are sufficiently knowledgeable to ensure their puppy’s diet is complete and balanced nutritionally.
For this reason, the best diet for Boxer puppies is typically going to be a diet of commercial puppy recipe dog food that is “complete and balanced.”
You want to look for these exact words on any puppy food you choose.
Start by continuing to feed the Boxer puppy food recommended by your pup’s breeder.
This will ease the stress of the rehoming process without upsetting your new puppy’s tummy.
Then, if you would like to transition to a new puppy food, start gradually over a 7-day period. Mix the two foods together in gradually shifting rations, until your pup is only eating the new food.
When in doubt about transitioning to a new puppy food, always ask your dog’s vet for guidance!
Best dry food for Boxer puppy
The best puppy food for Boxers is often a dry kibble that is commercially prepared to be “complete and balanced” nutritionally.
If your puppy is still quite young and has trouble grasping and chewing the hard kibble, you can always soften it with a little warm water or broth.
Otherwise, the hard kibble has another perk – it helps keep your puppy’s teeth clean!
Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Boxer Puppy Dry Dog Food.
Royal Canin has created a dry puppy kibble with the nutritional needs of boxers in mind.
This food features 28 percent protein, plus added L-carnitine, prebiotics, vitamins and minerals.
There are antioxidants for immune system, measured weight and muscle gain, digestive health, and overall good health.
Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Food, Large Breed Puppy. Hill’s Science Diet is one of the leading vet-recommended dog food brands in North America.
This food contains vitamins C and E for healthy immune system, antioxidants, and glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joint development.
Iams PROACTIVE HEALTH Puppy Dry Dog Food.
This veterinarian-recommended large breed puppy food contains 22 vitamins and minerals and DHA omega-3 for strong immune system health, brain health, healthy joints, and overall development.
Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Canned Dog Food, Puppy Recipe.
This nourishing, hydrating wet puppy food comes in a palatable loaf that can be fed as a complete and balanced standalone meal if need be.