If you already own a boxer, or are planning to get one, then give yourself a pat on the back.
They are one of the best dog breeds out there and one of my personal favorites.
One of the most unique attributes of this medium-sized dog breed is that these dogs are extremely athletic and active (I do not mean to go off on a tangent, but if you cannot keep up with its active lifestyle then you may be better off going for some other breed) and require top-notch, high-quality diets for optimal health and performance.
Given the number of options available on the market and the amount of information (and misinformation!) about them, it can get a little daunting to decide on the best dog food for your boxer.
However, you have no reason to worry - this is where we come in.
This article will take you through everything you need to know about the best dog food for boxers.
In addition to that, I will also include some information about boxers themselves that may come in handy if you're still going back and forth as to whether or not to get a boxer.
Before taking the plunge, you should know that if you're short of time to go through the whole article, the table below is a summary of everything you need to learn about the boxer and the best food that well suit him.
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Boxers as a breed have been prone to more health problems than many other dog breeds.
Their rather short lifespan of 8 to 10 years is a testament to this fact.
This is really unfortunate considering that the boxer is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States (and in other parts of the world) and regularly makes top 10 lists of the most favorite dog breeds.
That is why it is imperative that boxers have the right kind of food.
A balanced diet with all essential vitamins and minerals is vital for both mental and physical health of boxers.
Still can’t imagine how would it be living with the boxer under one roof?
This is how it looks:
That’s the very first thing you will notice in a boxer. Boxers are very friendly and loving. They are the quintessential family dog. You just can’t get enough of these little creatures.
The second trait of this dog breed is something you will notice even if you are not that attentive. Boxers are among the smartest breeds out there, which is one of the reasons they make such great pets.
The third and final pro of this dog breed is that he’s the best bet if you are more into outdoors, be it hiking, walking, or jogging. Boxers make great companions during walks, jogs and hikes. Their amicable nature coupled with their affable personality is a huge plus point. This also takes care of their need for intense exercises; therefore, it is a win-win situation for the owners.
Oh no! I know for some of you dear dog breeders, this does not necessarily have to be a con, but some people may find it hard to keep up. If you are athletic and have the guts to run after this gentleman, then go for it.
As already touched upon, boxers are more prone than many other dog breeds when it comes to genetic medical conditions. This of course cannot stop you from owning one if you really love this dog breed, as every dog breed eventually gets sick. And the boxer is no exception.
Boxers are somewhat prone to developing food allergies. This coupled with their need for a high-quality diet means that you really need to pay close attention to what you feed your boxer, as a pet parent.
Given the boxers unique needs, there are certain criteria that you may use as guidelines to help select the best dog food for boxers. Let us go through them one by one:
As already discussed, given boxers’ susceptibility to health issues and food allergies, it's prudent to go for food items that are free from allergens. As a rule of the thumb, you would want to avoid wheat, yeast, soy and corn (the common culprits). Artificial flavors, artificial colors and by-products are also a massive no-no.
Low quality food products that do not trigger allergies in your boxer are still bad, because they do very little to provide your boxer with the its nutritional requirements. Make sure there is an inscription stating the food has adequate nutritional contents according to AAFCO standards. If you see something called “generic animal fat or “anonymous fat” or some other variant of it, then do your pet a favor and immediately move past it. These terms are mere euphemisms to describe fats from sources such as road kill and diseased farm animals.
This cannot be emphasized enough. Please do not put your boxer’s health in jeopardy just to save a few dollars. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Of course, this does not mean that you should pay extra for products from sellers clearly looking to fleece your money. However, you should be willing to shell out a few extra dollars for high-quality ingredients.
A typical boxer diet includes about 30 to 35 percent of protein; therefore, the quality of protein is very important. You will see a lot of dog food brands making big claims about high protein content. It is imperative that you dig deeper and see what the source is. The best possible protein sources for your boxer are meat-based protein sources like lamb, salmon, chicken (deboned), etc.
If someone has ever told you that carbs are bad for boxers or dogs in general, please ignore them. It is one of the biggest myths going around. Carbs are an integral part of a healthy diet and the best dog food for boxers will have some complex carbohydrates. The most important thing to consider is the source, as we've noted. If the carb sources are corn or wheat, avoid it like the plague. However, if the sources are from flax seeds, green peas or sweet potatoes, then you are good to go. Keep in mind that the more complex the carb, the more difficult it will be to break down. In other words, the energy burning process is slower. They key takeaway is this: do not fall into the “carbs are bad for your dog” trap. They are essential for a healthy gut smooth bowel movements among other things.
If you are looking for a reputed dog food brand that has all the essentials and is devoid of meat by-products, artificial colors and fillers, then look no further.
Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Food lives up to its name and is the near perfect food for boxers.
Read our full review of Wellness Core dog food.
This may be at number 2, but it is my personal favorite.
If you want high quality protein dog food for an energetic boxer, then you will be hard-pressed to find anything on the market better than this.
This is another high-quality protein source for your boxer and at its price, it is a steal.
Orijen’s reputation as a premier dog brand does not come as a surprise, especially with products like this.
Given its high-quality ingredients, it is not surprising that vets and pet parents alike love Orijen.
Read our full review of Orijen dog food.
This is an all-natural dog food that boxers tend to love.
The meat content is hormone free and the food itself is human-grade.
Read our full review of Taste Of The Wild dog food.
Let us go through a list of the most frequently asked questions about boxers, the best dog food for boxers, and some relevant general questions.
If you've been feeding your pet a diet composed of say, 25 to 30 percent protein, and then all of a sudden you increase it to 40 percent, then digestive problems will likely beset.
Just like humans, dogs take time to get used to new things as well.
The sudden shock to the digestive system could be the reason for the digestive issues, especially if they coincided with the increased protein intake.
Of course, if you suspect something else could be the reason, or even otherwise, it is always prudent to have your pet checked by the vet.
There is no substitute for an actual examination by a trained professional.
More on the boxer diet here.
An average boxer is said to consume anywhere between 1500 to 2000 calories.
The figure could be slightly more or slightly less depending on specificities unique to your pet: the amount of exercise it gets, body type, etc.
Personally speaking, I do not like the concept of counting every single calorie.
As long as your pet is healthy overall, then it does not matter if its calorie consumption figure deviates from the “standard”.
I see this question asked a lot and this really needs to be addressed once and for all.
For starters, while boxers are more prone to health issues than many other types of dogs, it does not mean that there is a high probability of them developing health issues.
Sometimes, people conflate the two and that causes confusion.
When you are buying a boxer (or any pet for that matter), try and do as much of background research as possible.
Insist on health certificates and ask as many questions about the pet as possible.
Boxers are among the best pets you could possibly ask for, and so long as you do not have a problem with any of their intrinsic and inherent traits (such as their high energy levels, for example), then there is no reason why you should not get one.
Hip dysplasia, allergies, hypothyroidism, bloat, tumors (cancerous and benign), aortic stenosis are some of the more common ailments that tend to afflict boxers.
Again, so long as you do your research beforehand and take good care of your boxer, the chances of such diseases are not high.
Here is a list of the most common diseases that affect the boxer.
The short answer is, no.
As has been discussed numerous times during the course of this article, your boxer’s diet is extremely important.
It would be in the best interests of your pet if you were to pay close attention during his meals.
As for whether it is alright to give the boxer your food, again, the answer is no.
Firstly, if you give it your food once, your dog will keep asking you for it, and that is not an ideal situation.
Secondly, it is common knowledge that plenty of items which we would consider harmless could actually be harmful for dogs : chocolate, garlic, caffeine, etc.
There you have it, the A to Z of the best dog food for boxers on the market.
Ensure that you feed your boxer in small and controlled portions at all times.
Along with care, love, good diet and adequate exercise, ensure that your boxer is evaluated by a vet on a regular basis given that the breed is slightly more prone to health issues than many other breeds.
Most importantly, get close and personal with your pet.
You will end up with a best friend for life in your boxer, I promise!
And if you find it hard to choose from the top 5 products above, rest assured.
We would like to reassure you that all of them are almost identical, as we chose them conscientiously.
But there is one that we personally had a bit more success with, compared to the others. BLUE Wilderness High Protein Grain Free Adult Dry Dog Food.
Of course, dog tastes varies, but my boxer really enjoys this over the others.
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Give it a hard punch and let us what foods your boxer enjoyed most?
And what others he just couldn’t approach his nose to?
Hey world! Sam here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!
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