How Much To Feed A Boxer Puppy – Feeding Chart

It’s an exciting time. You’ve just brought your new Boxer puppy home, or your momma boxer has produced a litter of squirmy and sweet puppies.

How Much To Feed Boxer Puppy Feeding Chart

How much to feed a Boxer puppy is likely to be among your first practical concerns. 

To help you, we’ve produced a Boxer puppy feeding chart that you can use as a guideline. However, puppy foods do differ from one another, so the first thing to do is to consider how to choose a puppy food. 

Don’t just go by the price point. Most cheap puppy and dog foods are less nutritious, so you have to feed your dog more food.

In fact, you might find that a good quality food will cost the same  or less once you’ve taken portion sizes into consideration.

Let’s begin with how to choose puppy food before taking a look at that Boxer feeding chart. 

How To Choose Good Quality Food For Your Boxer Puppy

How Much To Feed Boxer Puppy

If you’re the person who is responsible for feeding Boxer puppies during weaning, you can go ahead and pick any of the good dog foods on the market.

However, if you are taking an already-weaned puppy home with you, ask the breeder what they’ve been feeding it. 

Changing dog food all of a sudden can cause nasty tummy upsets. If you want to switch foods, you should do so gradually, mixing a little of the new food into the one your puppy is used to.

Gradually add more of the new food until your puppy has transitioned to the new diet. 

Of course, if you’re happy with the quality of the food the breeder used, there’s no need to change things up. So,how do you make that call?

Wet Or Dry? With Or Without Water?

First up, you might be considering canned dog food over kibble. Apart from being way more expensive, canned “wet” dog food is an add-on rather than a staple.

Your Boxer puppy needs clean teeth and loves to crunch and chew. Your first step is to find a kibble that will suit your puppy.

During weaning, which we’ll discuss in more detail soon, adding water to the kibble makes it easier for a young pup to explore the new food source, but as your dog grows, remember the importance of “crunch” for healthier teeth. If you add wet food or a sauce, keep it minimal. 

Should You Go Grain Free?

There’s been a huge debate about whether grain-free food is good or bad for dogs.

With Boxers being prone to gas – and worst of all, dangerous bloat, you can be pardoned for thinking that grain-free is better. However, that may not be the case. 

Boxer Puppy Feeding Chart

The FDA is currently investigating reports that certain grain-free dog foods are linked to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart condition to which Boxers are already somewhat prone. It’s also worth noting that not all dogs are sensitive to or allergic to gluten. 

At the moment, it’s hard to know just why certain diets are causing a rise in DCM, but it might be a good idea to allow for at least some grain in your dog’s diet. 

Artificial Additives

Preservatives are another controversial issue. Feeding your dog rancid or spoiled food is sure to be a great health risk – and preservatives prevent food from spoiling.

Most Boxers are just fine if they’re exposed to low levels of preservatives. All the same, some pet owners would prefer to be cautious. 

Not all preservatives are artificial, and natural preservatives like ascorbic acid are thought to be healthier, so that’s an option.

The only way to safely feed your Boxer preservative-free food is to make him fresh food at home every day. But this presents a whole different set of problems. For example, it can be hard to be sure the diet is balanced. 

For most of us, commercial pet food is the answer, and that means preservatives of one kind or another. 

Artificial colorings are a different matter. They’re completely unnecessary and your Boxer couldn’t care less what color his food is.

So why even consider it? The FDA says it thinks colorings are safe enough, but since they have nothing to do with your pet’s nutrition, skipping this form of additive makes a lot of sense. 

Flavor enhancers are also unnecessary, and since some of them, like MSG, have a bad reputation, it makes sense to skip them. 

Know The Meat Source

If a dog food manufacturer doesn’t name the source of the meat used in their kibble, you can bet you don’t want to know where it comes from.

Boxer Puppy Feeding Schedule

There have been several pet food scandals around the world, and the best advice we can give you is to choose a pet food that’s made from human-grade ingredients with a named meat source. 

“Fillers:” Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

Here’s a bit of good news for worried Boxer owners faced with an array of puppy foods to choose from.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has standards that manufacturers have to live up to.

That means that if a food is labeled as “complete and balanced” it really does have to have a certain balance of nutrients. 

However, a lot of people worry about “fillers,” using empty calorie ingredients to bulk up the food. It depends on what’s being used and whether your Boxer shows signs of food sensitivities.

Rice is a common filler, for example, and it isn’t unhealthy. Corn syrup, on the other hand, can be very bad. 

Feeding instructions will help you to see which foods have a reasonable amount of fill as opposed to too much. If the recommended amount to be fed seems high compared to other foods, give it a miss. 

Puppy Food Vs Dog Food

Your puppy is growing. Every time you look at him he seems to be just a little bit bigger. Naturally, all this growth means that Boxer puppies need richer food than adults who just have to support what’s already there. 

When can you transition your Boxer to adult dog food? Some people say you can do it as young as six months. But Boxers mature slowly and keep on growing for 18 months to two years.

After the age of 12 months, growth slows down a little, so you can consider making the move sometime after your pup’s first birthday. 

How Much To Feed A Boxer Puppy?

Best Food For Boxer Puppy

First up, do remember that there are differences between dog and puppy food brands and formulations. Nothing beats reading the label!

However, let’s assume you’re looking for a rule of thumb based on a commonly available puppy food. We’ll use Royal Canin for this example. 

Boxer Feeding Chart 

AgeAmount Cups Per DayNumber Of FeedsExpected Weight Of Puppy
2 Months2.5 to 3 cups3 to 413 - 18 lbs
3 Months3 to 4 cups3 to 426 - 29 lbs
4 Months3 to 4 cups3 to 429 - 33 lbs
5-6 Months4 to 5 cups3 to 442 - 45 lbs
7-9 Months4 to 5 cups2 to 347 - 57 lbs
10-11 Months3 to 4 cups2 to 356 - 63 lbs

As you can see, this guide covers pups of various sizes. In general, the males are bigger and heavier and the females are lighter.

If your dog is on the heavier end of the spectrum and isn’t overweight, it will need to be fed on the higher end of the scale. 

During growth spurts, your puppy needs more food, so it will be likely to need more food during its fastest growing time and you can reduce that as growth levels off.

Every dog is different, so monitor your puppy. If it looks a little too fat, reduce its food a little. If it looks too thin, increase it. And if you aren’t sure, see your veterinarian!

The most accurate way to judge feeding would be to look at calories vs weight. You can weigh your puppy by picking it up and stepping onto the scale. Then subtract your weight to get your Boxer puppy’s weight. 

Now, let’s look at an alternative way of judging feeding that’s more individualized to your pup. 

  • Weight of puppy x Weight of food that will deliver 55 calories = Amount to feed
  • Weight of adult dog x Weight of food that will deliver 40 calories = Amount to feed

Looks more scientific? It is! But individual factors like metabolism will also come into play. 

How Often To Feed A Boxer Puppy?

Boxer Feeding Chart

Weaning

Before the age of four weeks, your puppy will do fine on his mother’s milk. But as his teeth begin to emerge, momma dog will want to get the weaning process underway, and it will be up to you to help. 

Begin by letting momma dog take an hour’s break from her pups two to three times a day. She’ll be glad of it!

During her break, soften up some kibble in water or puppy milk formula and place a pan of the mixture within easy reach of the puppies.

Show them the mix by putting them in front of the pan. I found that they take to it better when there’s lots of milk formula in the mix at first. Expect a mess. 

Gradually switch the ratio to more solid food and less liquid until, at eight weeks, they’re eating pure kibble. 

Puppy And Adult Dog Feeding Times

Young puppies need food frequently. Set mealtimes for three to four times a day at first. After six months of age, your Boxer puppies are ready to move to feeds twice to three times a day. 

Keep feeding times regular. Like all little ones, puppies thrive on routine. Take any unfinished food away after the meal. 

Adult Boxers are prone to bloat which can be deadly. So, although most adult dogs can be fed once a day, it can be dangerous for Boxers.

They may gulp too much food down too fast, and that’s a big risk for bloat. Twice-daily feeds are the best solution. And, if you want to be extra-careful, choose a slow-feeder bowl. 

Why Does My Boxer Puppy Eat More Than An Adult?

No matter how good your Boxer puppy feeding chart is, you may find that there are times when your Boxer puppy needs extra food to thrive. Top times for this are between the ages of three and six months. 

A sudden growth spurt means a need for extra food to fuel it so that your puppy can develop a healthy body. An adult Boxer may be fine on just three cups of a good brand of kibble every day – but a puppy may need more!

Boxer Adults: Feeding Tips

Being overweight or obese is a  health risk for your adult Boxer. But just as there are individual factors that mean some puppies eat more than others, adult dogs vary too. 

If your dog isn’t overweight, use its current weight as the guiding factor that helps you to decide on how much to feed – and spread those meals out over the day.

But you might still find that the amount you feed needs to be adjusted beyond that. Here’s why. 

Active Dogs Need More Food

Boxers are usually very active dogs. That means that an “all breeds” recommendation may fall short of what your dog really needs.

After all, all that bouncing around is fuelled by food, so a bouncy Boxer may need more food than its lazier cousins.

Even among Boxers, you will find different activity levels, and that may mean a need to adjust feeding. 

For example, as your Boxer ages, he does tend to slow down. That’s why “senior” dog foods are less nutrient rich than adult formulas. 

Spayed Or Neutered Dogs May Have Slower Metabolic Rate

Spaying or neutering your dog doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end up overweight. The important thing to understand is that their hormonal changes can slow metabolism – the rate at which they burn food. 

If this happens (and it doesn’t always), your dog may need less food if you want to maintain its healthy body weight. 

Pregnant And Nursing Boxer Females

If you are caring for a pregnant or nursing Boxer female, you need to up the stakes on her nutrition.

That doesn’t necessarily mean giving her more food, but it does mean switching to a very nutritious formulation that’s easy to absorb. 

Puppy food is recommended for pregnant and nursing females. In terms of nutrients, you want to increase what she’s getting by up to 50 percent. 

We recommend taking your female Boxer for a checkup once you know she is pregnant, and this will be a great time to get some feeding tips from a veterinarian. 

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Over Or Underweight

Knowing your dog’s height and weight and checking it against a Boxer growth chart is a good way to find out whether your dog is a healthy weight. However, you can also get a good indication just by looking and feeling. 

When viewed from above, your Boxer should have a nice, nipped in waist. If it doesn’t, it’s probably overweight.

Next, look at the ribcage. You should not see individual ribs sticking out, but you should be able to feel them beneath the skin. 

What To Do If Your Dog Seems Under Or Overweight

If your dog is suddenly gaining weight despite eating recommended amounts, do remember that thyroid problems are fairly common in boxers and have it checked out. As for unexplained weight loss, that’s also a concern. 

However, if you know you’ve been a bit too open-handed with treats, have been conservative with feeding, or your dog has been more or less active than usual, you may have the reason for the weight issue. 

And, of course, when it comes to puppies, they can get a bit skinny during rapid growth and may need a bit extra just because of that.

So, apart from using a Boxer puppy feeding chart, be sure to track your puppy’s progress with regular measuring and weight checks. When you know weight and height, you can compare that to age-appropriate breed standards. 

Wishing You A Happy, Healthy Boxer Pup

Boxer puppies: they’re not all joy, but most of the time, they are! Remember that your Boxer, both puppy and adult, needs much more than food and water. They need you! 

Love, affection, play, and company are things that Boxers not only thrive on, but absolutely need. Since you’ve taken on the challenge, we know that you’re going to be an awesome pet parent. Enjoy your puppy!

Blake

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