I’m often asked what to feed Bouvier puppies. I firmly believe that Mother Nature knows best when it comes to feeding man’s best friend and find it inexplicable that Multi-National Dog Food companies profess to know better than several thousand years of successful canine evolution.
Also, I believe that the catastrophic increase in Canine food intolerances, allergies, Skin conditions, Diabetes, Thyroid problems, Pancreatitis, skeletal development disorders, and even behaviour problems, are not a coincidence. These have developed in tandem with the growing reliance on readymade, processed, dried and conveniently bagged complete dog foods which so many people feed their pets today.
Rearing and maintaining a dog on dried dog food is equivalent to feeding our families a lifelong diet of Pot Noodles and Supermarket Ready meals. No doctor or dietician would ever recommend this as a healthy diet, so why do we find it acceptable for our dogs?
Easy Answer – Human Convenience
Feeding the Bouvier Puppy
My puppies are introduced to natural raw meats from their first-ever meal at around 22 days old. Then over the next 5 weeks are introduced to Minced Chicken carcasses, Minced Raw Fish, Minced Raw Green Tripe, Minced raw Offal, Natural Yoghurt, Cheese, Goats Milk (NEVER COWS MILK) and a small portion of Premium puppy kibble.
By 8 – 10 weeks of age puppies should be happily crunching their way through all of the above plus chicken wings & Raw Bones.
From 6 months I find it best to reduce the kibble portion of the diet to a lower protein adult maintenance to promote slow and steady growth. Excess protein at this stage can cause strange growth spurts, disrupted joint development and upset digestion.
Feeding the Adult Bouvier
Bouviers tend not to have a ravenous appetite, and a Bouvier who occasionally leaves a couple of meals isn’t normally any cause for concern. No Bouvier has ever starved itself to death.
2 Small Meals a day is always safer than 1 large meal as this is less likely to bring about GDV / Bloat (an emergency life-threatening condition).