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PUPPY DIET

While they are living here with us, our puppies get alternate meals of Brit Care superpremium kibble, which is soaked in warm puppy milk formula when they are very young, and BARF (minced beef), which we lightly cook to remove any bacteria. Since our puppies are used to eating both varities of food it is easy for them to adapt to their new households; therefore, we leave it up to the new owners to decide what to feed their puppy: what works best for you and your family/puppy.

Whatever you choose, your puppy requires consistent meals of appropriate dog food that will provide adequate and ample nutrition to meet the needs of a LARGE BREED PUPPY. To limit damage to growing bones and joints, your puppy must not become overweight during its growth phase (from the age of 3-12 months old). However, it must be fed enough on a daily basis to ensure proper growth (not stunted due to limited nutrition).

Most brands of dry dog food (kibble) contain ‘filler materials’ such as wheat, grains and/or corn; this is a highly unnatural diet for dogs. Though many breeds can tolerate these ingredients, Tamaskan Dogs tend to have notoriously sensitive stomachs. A healthy canine diet is a grain-free diet: no wheat, corn, etc. We recommend a grain-free, biologically appropriate diet such as that provided any high quality (“super premium”) kibble brand suitable for Large Breed Puppies and/or a raw food (BARF) diet...


Generally speaking, rice is relatively easy to digest but it only really serves to “bulk up” the meal and it doesn’t provide much nutritional value for canines. That being said, cooked chicken and rice is an easy-to-digest meal for when your pup is sick or recovering from surgery, for instance. Sweet potato is a good alternative for rice.

Additional vitamins are not recommended for puppies as all top-quality dog food brands will contain the necessary daily amounts. Supplementary calcium pills must be avoided as excess calcium destroys the cartilage between growing bones, causing long-term damage and also leading to excess calcium deposits. All top-quality dog food brands contain sufficient levels of calcium to meet the requirements of a growing puppy. Our adult dogs get fed a BARF diet and we usually add BARFER'S BEST to their meals.


Frequency

Young puppies only have small stomachs so it is important that they are fed several times per day, every few hours...
  • 2 - 4 months old: 4 small meals per day
  • 4 - 6 months old: 3 small meals per day
  • 6 - 9 months old: 3 medium meals per day
  • 9 - 12 months old: 2 medium meals per day
  • 12+ months old: 1-2 large meals per day

  • Quantity

    Young puppies only have small stomachs so it is important that they get just the right amout of food for each meal...
  • 2 - 4 months old: approximately 200g per day (50g per meal x4)
  • 4 - 6 months old: approximately 300g per day (100g per meal x3)
  • 6 - 9 months old: approximately 450g per day (150g per meal x3)
  • 9 - 12 months old: approximately 500g per day (250g per meal x2)
  • 12+ months old: approximately 600g per day (300g per meal x2)
  • Of course, the quantity will vary according to the individual needs of each puppy with respect to: size (height/weight), energy level, amount of daily activity/exercise, daily appetite, etc. Some Tamaskan puppies are naturally slim and athletic with lots of energy that they burn off quickly (so they will need to be fed larger quantities) while other Tamaskan puppies are naturally chubbier and less active with less daily exercise (so they will need to be fed smaller quantities).

    Just like with us humans, on some days Tamaskan puppies will have a bigger appetite than on other days... influencing factors include weather and climate as many Tamaskan Dogs don't like to eat much during the summer when it is very hot outside, but they also tend to have a bigger appetite during the winter when they need the extra fat to keep warm. Moreover, when a female Tamaskan is in heat she will usually eat a bit less and the same is true for male Tamaskans as they can become highly distracted/preoccupied by the hormonal influences; likewise, during gestation/lactation a female Tamaskan will also need to eat substantially more.

    Due to sexual dimorphism in the breed, male Tamaskan Dogs often grow significantly larger than female Tamaskan Dogs (depending on the specific bloodline) and usually there is a noticable difference between males and females within each litter. Therefore, generally speaking, male puppies tend to need to eat more than female puppies. Ultimately, like human teenagers, is perfectly normal for juvenile / young adult Tamaskan Dogs to have voracious appetities, particularly while they are going through a growth sput, so it is important to feed according to body condition and take into account any relevant factors, rather than strictly adhere to counting calories / quantity of food.

    As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to examine your Tamaskan puppy/dog on a daily basis in order to judge (by eye and touch) if your pup is over/underweight and then adjust the daily ration(s) accordingly.


    MORE INFO:

    Best Dry Dog Foods

    Raw Feeding FAQ

    Body Condition