Schnauzers are a smart, spirited, intelligent breed of Schnauzer that comes in three different sizes. Miniature, standard, and giant. Originally from Germany, Schnauzers were bred as farming Schnauzers to chase rats, herd animals, and guard property. They make excellent family Schnauzers and are a non-shedding breed. Schnauzers have an enthusiastic personality and make excellent companions and watchSchnauzers when trained properly.
When considering feeding your Schnauzer, you want to be sure you are giving them raw, natural food. They are living beings with digestive systems that stem from their “wolf” heritage. Processed foods do more harm than good for them over time.
Raw food tastes better to them. Its ingredients are simple, it is good for their health and keeping their coats nice and shiny, it keeps them satisfied and happy and ultimately it saves you money.
The Reason Why Raw Food is The Best for Schnauzers
When deciding on what is the best Schnauzer food, it’s important to consider the canine anatomy and digestive system. Schnauzers’ digestive tracts have not significantly evolved from when they were undomesticated wolves, and are best suited to fresh, high-protein prey-based diets. We call this ‘species-appropriate nutrition’ and it is what a natural, raw diet seeks to replicate.
A Schnauzer stomach is not anatomically designed to digest and ferment carbohydrates (the main ingredient in kibble). Even grain-free kibble often contains high levels of starchy carbs, including legumes, peas & lentils. Feeding this to a Schnauzer puts their system under pressure, creating metabolically stressful insulin, glucagon and cortisol spikes throughout the day as well as causing inflammation and putting strain on vital organs, leading, in some cases, to a host of serious health conditions.
The Bones and Raw Food diet, known as BARF is typically made up of 60-80 percent raw meat and bones (like chicken neck, back, and wings). The other 20-40 percent would then come from fruits and vegetables and other natural foods like eggs. As a guide, adult Schnauzers require about 2% or 3% of their body weight in food intake daily.
Recommended Proteins for Schnauzers
#1. Beef: Beef is one of the most common proteins used in commercial Schnauzer foods, with many beef-based kibbles on the market. Beef is likely one of the most popular choices for owners who make their own Schnauzer’s foods too. It’s easy to see why; beef has a lot going for it. It is nutritious, relatively affordable, and most Schnauzers seem to love the taste.
#2. Pork: Pork is another common choice for commercial diets as well as homemade foods. Pork is pretty affordable (it’s usually somewhere between the cost of chicken and beef), and most Schnauzers appear to appreciate its density, texture, and flavor. Pork has much more fat than beef or chicken, and it has about the same amount of protein as beef.
#3. Organs: Beneficial proteins from animal sources supply high-quality protein for your Schnauzer. In the wild, nutritious internal organs make up a large part of the canine diet.
#4. Chicken: If beef isn’t the most common protein fed to Schnauzers, then chicken certainly is. Like beef, chicken provides a great combination of nutrition and affordability, and it contains more protein and less fat than beef or pork. Most Schnauzers love chicken too (my weirdo pup would rather have a chicken thigh than anything else in the world).
Chicken is usually cheaper than beef, but it presents greater risks than beef typically does, as it is frequently contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This is likely a bigger threat to the humans living in your home than your Schnauzer, but Schnauzers can get sick from these germs too. So, be sure to cook the chicken thoroughly and use good food safety practices while preparing the chicken.
#5. Grains and Oilseeds: Many types of oilseeds (soybeans) and grains (corn, wheat) also provide protein.
The Percentage of Protein Required for Your Schnauzer’s Food
Depending on your Schnauzer’s age, you will be looking for a minimum percentage of 18 to 29 protein in his diet. Adult Schnauzers need 18 to 25 percent protein, while a growing puppy needs more protein – 29 percent (which should provide 20 to 25 percent of his dietary calories).
Fruits that are Beneficial for Schnauzers
While raw meats and protein are highly recommended for feeding your Schnauzers, there are also some fruits that are beneficial for Schnauzers; they include;
#1. Apples – They are also a perfect source of Vitamins A and C for your Schnauzer. Nevertheless, feeding your pet with apples that are going bad could lead to alcohol poisoning, which may result in death. Be sure to completely peel the apples and cut them into small pieces to avoid choking.
#2. Bananas – are good sources of Vitamins B6 and C, potassium, and magnesium. They are as vital to Schnauzers as they are to human beings. Nonetheless, feeding Schnauzers with bananas should be moderate due to the high sugar content in the fruit. To make it tastier, you could mix it with Xylitol-free peanut butter.
#3. Watermelon – This fruit has a high amount of water, which helps keep your Schnauzer hydrated. The fruit also has vitamins A, C, and B6. Watermelon seeds could have serious implications such as blocking the intestines, so be sure to remove the seeds.
#4. Blueberries – This fruit has high fiber and antioxidant properties. For aging Schnauzers, antioxidants are beneficial for overall health and extending an active, happy life.
Some Benefits of Including Fruits to Your Schnauzer Diet
Adding fruit to your schnauzer’s diet has some great benefits when done correctly.
- Fruit can help your pup to lose excess weight when substituted for calorie-dense commercial Schnauzer treats!
- Fruits are packed with vitamins that are just as good for your pup as they are for you!
- Fruits are also a great way to add new and interesting taste elements to your Schnauzer’s diet.
- Substituting organic fruit for commercial Schnauzer treats cuts down the number of chemicals and artificial ingredients that your Schnauzer is eating daily!
- Fruit will help to keep your pup at a healthy weight which will also keep joints from getting achy and sore.
Feeding Your Schnauzers
This energetic breed burns calories quickly, especially during puppyhood, so plan to feed your schnauzer more than once a day. An average adult schnauzer should eat about ½ cup of high-quality dry food twice a day. Feed younger schnauzer puppies three or four times daily, but don’t leave the food bowl sitting out. Schnauzers love eating and they tend to overeat if given the chance. The trick is to feed your little guy enough to provide all the nutrients he needs without making him obese. Talk to your vet if you have concerns about how much to feed.