Doberman Pinschers are medium-sized, muscular dogs who require a high-quality diet. Originally bred to be guard dogs and companions, Doberman Pinschers are sleek, elegant, and athletic dogs known to be fiercely loyal to their owners. These medium-sized, muscular dogs require high-quality foods to maintain optimal physical condition and keep their short coats shiny. The breed is known to be susceptible to some health risks and conditions that may be reduced or alleviated through nutritional adjustments.
Doberman Pinschers require high-quality foods that are easily digestible and palatable. The first ingredient listed should be a meat source such as chicken, beef, or lamb, followed by whole grains such as brown rice or sweet potatoes. Watch out for foods that have grain cereals like corn or wheat, fillers, and animal byproducts as top ingredients, as these are generally lower-quality ingredients.
Look for a commercial diet approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, an organization that ensures the food is nutritionally balanced. Purchase high-quality foods from pet supply stores, and look for diets appropriate for your dog’s age. To maintain your Doberman Pinscher’s shiny coat, supplement the dog’s diet with fatty acids such as flaxseed or safflower oils.
How much you feed your adult Doberman Pinscher depends primarily on the dog’s activity level. If your dog regularly exercises, participates in agility training, or is a working dog, they will need more calories. For dogs that get an average amount of exercise, feed the Doberman Pinscher according to the dog food manufacturer’s recommendations for a medium-sized dog. Make sure you divide the dog’s daily ration into two to four meals per day. Look at your dog at mealtime. If your Doberman appears overweight and you can’t feel the ribs, cut the ration. Your dog may require a diet food, or a food higher in fiber. Doberman Pinschers should be muscular and agile; if your dog seems either overweight or underweight, consult with your veterinarian to determine a correct feeding schedule and ration.
Giving your dog people food is a highly debatable topic. Many people have heard over the years that dogs must eat dog food and if you give your dog table scraps or human food they will get sick and have diarrhea. This is of course totally ridiculous. The natural diet of a dog is to eat our left overs. That doesn’t mean you want to give your dog fast food or your left over Pad Thai, but you shouldn’t be afraid to give your pup whole real foods like you eat every day.
Keep in mind that every dog is unique and individual. Some may have allergies or be sensitive to certain foods so take it easy at first but to keep your dog healthy and happy it’s a good idea to give your dog human foods daily.
Your Doberman can have the following foods:
Blueberries – A great summer snack for dogs. Just pop them into the freezer for a few hours and your pup now has a icy treat to cool them down in the heat of summer.
Broccoli – A great source of fiber and vitamin C when given in moderation.
Carrots – Raw carrots can be hard for a dog to digest so it’s best to cook them or dehydrate them so puppy can chomp them up into smaller pieces.
Peanut Butter – Full of heart healthy fats, and vitamins B, E, and niacin. What dog doesn’t love a little peanut butter stuffed into a Kong? Best to get unsalted and low sugar peanut butter. WARNING! Check the ingredients in your peanut butter and avoid xylitol. This is a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. If your peanut butter has it, choose a different brand before giving it to your dog.
Salmon – Everyone needs omega 3 fatty acids, even dogs! Salmon will help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy and also helps boost the K9 immune system. Salmon should be cooked or you can use salmon oil. If you’re not into eating the salmon skin, your pup would love it!
Pumpkin – A digestive aid that can also help with diarrhea in dogs. Always good to keep a can of pumpkin in the cupboard.
Cooked Chicken (NO BONES!) – cooked chicken bones are bad for all dogs, never give your dog cooked chicken bones, but the chicken meant, when cooked, is a great source of protein and if you’re ever in a pinch, can make a great replacement meal.
Raw Meats Including Chicken (bones are okay) – When giving your dog raw chicken the bones are okay for your dog to eat but you must be sure you are picking the right food and do it safely. Be sure to consult a professional and get educated if you’re going to switch your pups from processed store food to raw food.
Cheese – If your dog is NOT lactose intolerant, a little low fat cheese won’t hurt them but be sure to monitor their reaction to cheese. Low fat cottage cheese is best.
Eggs (cooked or raw) – A scrambled egg is a great protein boost and most dogs can’t resist them. If your dog isn’t feeling well or having trouble eating, this could be a great way to get some protein in them. Raw eggs are a great source of nutrients and your dog can even eat the shell.
Apple Slices – A couple apple slices can actually help freshen your dogs breath.
It’s important to be educated when feeding human foods to your dog. Introduce them slowly and always in moderation. An apple slice is ok, but the core of an apple is potentially toxic. A Cashew is ok, while a Macadamia Nut, not so much.
Then you have to take into account, that just because a food is canine approved, does not necessarily mean it’s ok for your dog. Some dogs can be highly allergic to certain foods. If you think your dog may have food allergies, it’s best to consult your vet.