Dalmatians are medium large breed easily identified by the spots on their white coat. Dalmatians are known as couch and firehouse dogs and have been used for hunting, guarding and as war dogs. These dogs have lots of energy which makes them both active and smart.
What Do Dalmatians Eat
- Well, they are unique dogs as they are unable to digest food containing purines which leads into formation of urinary and kidney stones. The formed stones cause irritations and can partially or totally block the flow of urine making urination painful. This health condition may be life threatening for your dog. Thus, it is advisable to feed them with Dalmatian dog food with low purine ingredients such as red meat. They should also be provided with lots of water that helps their kidney to remove unwanted things from the body.
- Dalmatian dog food should contain fewer carbohydrates. This doesn’t mean that the foods should be grain free. Most grain free foods do actually contain a lot of carbohydrates. It is best to check for ones with ones with the modest amount and feed it to your dog.
- Since they are active dogs, you will have to take into consideration the amount of their calorie intake in the food. It is known that growing Dalmatian puppies and young adult dogs consume more calorie than adults. This is because of the difference of the level of activity.
- Dalmatians love being treated during a training. Yogurt, cheese (cheddar), cooked sweet potatoes, squash and hard boiled eggs are the best Dalmatian dog food treats. Stay away from treats that contain high purine contents and excessive salt levels as they affect the pH balance in the Dalmatians urine leading to stone formation.
- It is highly advisable to measure the amount of food when feeding your dog rather than randomly feeding it. This may lead to overeating and eventually result into overweight. For the Dalmatians adult dogs, two meals per day is enough to make them do well during the day. The puppies are better off with up to three meals per day.
Do not mistake purines and proteins. You don’t have to cut off proteins from your dog’s diet. You need to reduce the amount of high purine protein sources and ensure a balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fat. It is in fact unhealthy to reduce the amount of proteins in the Dalmatians diet. Forming a wrong diet with may lead to health issues that include poor coat condition, lack of energy, itchy skin, weight loss and nutritional deficiencies that include magnesium, vitamin E and B vitamins. The only way to provide your dog with its best Dalmatian dog food is to analyze the eating habits of your dog and to feed it home cooked food. This will make your Dalmatian more healthy and happy. If you are still unsure then its best to check with your dog breeder and discuss on what to feed your Dalmatian.
We also advise you to read the recommendations for large breeds dog food.