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Nutrition of a wolfdog

The right nutrition helps the puppy to rise in adult dog, in good shape and condition. It affects the quality of bones, muscles, coat and the mental development. Stress from lack of food, may cause disorders in behavior. It is a source of energy and health, which must be acurate to age and dog's way of life. Dog's diet is different from the human, it requires bit of study.

Dog and canis predators eat food based on animal orgin. Their canine teeth is designed to tear meat and swallow it. They do not chew their food. Gastric juice contains 0.5% hydrochloric acid and they kill bacteria. Domestication of the dog maked it part omnivore, extended its digestive tube. For carnivores, the ratio of the digestive tube and the body is 4:1, partial omnivores 5:1-6:1, for comparison, in sheep it is 38:1. Carnivores eat partly with plant food and fruit, herbs and inner of stomach of herbivores, which is partially digested.

All of the following articles are focused on Czechoslovakian Wolfdog breed. If you own any other breed, ask your breeder about proper nutrition!

How to feed your wolfdog?

CsW is easy in feeding and the dog eats kibble as well as meals prepared at home raw or cooked. Breeders are in this case divided into two groups - the one feeding kibble, the other prepare food at home. It is up to you to decide, but let's talk about the two groups anf their differences.

Wolf, as one of the ancestors of the domesticated dogs eat meat, herbs and berries, so it's more natural food for CsW. When we can, it is therefore better to feed him natural dog food - meat and side dishes. It is a mistake believing that a dog can be fed vegetables only. His digestive system is unable to effectively handle non-protein components such as herbivores. Feeding home prepared diet for your dog is definitely tastier, but it is time consuming, as well as knowledge of dog food contents (vitamins/minerals), and on how to store this home made dog food.

Feeding kibble is easier, just give into the dog dish intended dose, which we can mix with soup or yoghurt. But we must be very careful too. Not all commercial dog foods have the same quality. With large breed such as wolfdogs, you have to be double careful on the composition and content of the brand.

Meat should be the base or the staple part for your wolfdog diet. Food must not be exactly balanced each day per milligram, but should be in the long term (in adults, not puppies!).

Combination of  home prepared meals and kibble food can not be recommended. Someone says to give  one day kibble, the next day, home prepared diet. It is a fact that the transition from one type of food to other needs lot of time, changing diet everyday will upset your wolfdogs digestive system. Transitions have to be done carefully and slowly, which last from  one to two weeks.

Finally, let your wolfdog choose what he likes and taste him the best. We can give him our choice, but in the end, the dog choose what he likes the best. Every dog ​​is an individual, each taste is bit different. Therefore, give your wolfdog the best what you can offer. When you see digestive problems, act!

It is good to offer a wide variety dog ​​food, not push on the dog, in young age and in adult will not have problem eat everything. It's good to accustom him to canned food that is great and easy to take for the trips.