Boxers are a fun-loving and energetic dog breed that make great family pets. This breed's muscular build and high energy level make them a challenge to feed. For this reason, it's important to talk to your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist about homemade dog food for Boxers.
The Boxer is a large breed, with females averaging 55-65 pounds and males weighing in at an average of 60-70 pounds. They have a lean, muscular body and are a brachycephalic breed. This means that they have a shortened facial structure, giving these dogs a “smushed” face.
These dogs can suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome, which can cause a myriad of anatomical issues. Problems linked to this syndrome include dental problems, an elongated soft palate and narrowed nostrils (stenotic nares).
Sadly, due to over-breeding and inbreeding, there are a lot of common health conditions found in Boxers. Some of these conditions can be seen in puppies, while others are adult onset. This is one of the reasons that it's so important to stay on top of your dog's nutrition throughout every stage of his life.
Homemade Dog Food for Boxers Recipe
- 1 pound beef tips
- 1/4 cup skinless tomatoes
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
This is a very easy recipe to prepare. All you have to do is cook the beef in a frying pan until it is cooked completely through. I used canned spinach, but if you prefer to use fresh you'll need to steam it before adding it to the recipe. I also melt the coconut oil in the microwave to make it easier to mix in.
Remember, it's important to discuss any diet changes with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist – especially if you're switching from commercial kibble to a homemade diet.
The expert you work with will evaluate your dog to assist you in choosing the right serving size for your pup. It is also likely that they will recommend adding supplements or a multi-vitamin to the recipe to meet your dog's unique nutritional needs.
As a guideline, I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight per serving. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. If you'd like to feed 3 or 4 meals per day, just adjust the serving size accordingly.
You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for about 5 days. If you'd like to make this recipe in bulk, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let it thaw completely before serving to your Boxer.