The Right Dog: Breed Selection And Diet


Dogs are loyal, show their love very directly and hardly let their people out of sight. Some dogs are lively play partners for children, others quiet companions for seniors. As different as the dog’s urge to move is, the diet has to be adapted accordingly.

Is dry or wet food right for my dog? Once this first decision has been made, it is essential to pay attention to the production method of the feed.

If you rely on feed conventionally produced with the extrusion process, which is available from suppliers such as Bosch, Josera and Wolfsblut, or on high-quality food from meat juice cooking.

Which breed is best and what should be considered when it comes to nutrition? The article serves as a guide.

Choosing a Suitable Breed

Dogs are the Germans’ favorite companion and more and more dogs are coming. Big or small, lively or calm, white or black? Anyone who wants to buy a dog has many questions.

How can the suitable breed be found? There are several ways to get there.

  1. Make
    a quick check A quick check to help you choose the right dog breed helps to get an initial overview of the most important characteristics. Our  database of dog breeds  can be filtered according to size, different characteristics, traits or aptitudes.

Depending on the selection, suitable breeds are displayed. In the quick check, all important aspects are addressed that play a role in the selection of the dog breed. Step by step, future dog owners find out what is particularly important to them in a dog:

  • How big should the dog be?
  • Should the dog be suitable for beginners or experienced people?
  • Should the dog need a lot or little exercise?
  • How complex should grooming be? 
  • Can the dog shed hair?
  • Should the dog be family-friendly, playful or calm?
  • Which FCI group should the dog belong to?
  • For example, should it be a herding dog, sniffer dog, guard dog, hunting dog or family dog?

The quick check is a good preparation and helps with the further steps on the way to the right dog breed.

  1. Throwing books and reading race portraits

Browsing through a comprehensive tome on dog breeds with in-depth descriptions and great pictures is another way to find the breed that you like best visually and physically. Browsing through dog breed portraits online is also useful to find a dog breed that is particularly appealing. 

     3. Go to a dog fair
A dog fair is a great opportunity to see many different breeds of dog live. The practical thing is that breeders are on site and can answer specific questions.

There are also various events where dogs are presented:  agility , obedience,  dog dancing , breed shows and much more. In addition, there are many dog ​​lovers at trade fairs who are sure to like to chat from the sewing box and pass on their personal experiences.  

Popular dog breeds: Labrador, French Bulldog, and Chihuahua

The top three places for the most popular dog breeds in 2020/2021 are Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog and Chihuahua. 

Labrador Retriever

They are popular family dogs, intelligent, and friendly. Their medium-sized stature and slim body must be kept in top shape in order to live long. This breed is balanced, loyal and an absolute gourmet. Owners must pay particular attention to a balanced diet!

French Bulldog 

The French Bulldog breed profile  appeals primarily to young people. The cute bat ears, the faithful look, the playful and cheerful nature make him walk straight into the hearts of young dog owners. These should deliberately set limits to the combat cuddle, otherwise they will soon no longer have their place on the couch to themselves.

Chihuahua

The smallest dog in the world takes hearts by storm. He is robust, sporty and bright. The big eyes and the apple head crown a small, slim body. It’s hard to believe that the mini dog has such a big ego!

Dogs From The Circle Of Friends

Whether Chihuahua, French Bulldog or Labrador Retriever – you should be able to track down the right breed on one of the ways presented above. In addition, the dog and owner come together in other ways.

It is not uncommon for future dog owners to meet friends or families with a dog whose breed-typical characteristics he particularly likes. Regular walks with dogs from the animal shelter can also encourage friendship with a four-legged friend.

However it is possible to find the right breed, future dog owners should always inform themselves about nutrition in advance.

Adapted Nutrition: Keepers Must Pay Attention To This

Wet food or dry food, BARF or vegan? And then there is the question of the production method? There are many types of feed on the market and it is not easy to choose one.

The fact is that good food doesn’t have to be expensive, or to put it another way: just because food from a certain brand is expensive doesn’t mean it has to be good. A good type of feed is characterized by its quality, not its price.

Clarify The Basic Question: Dry Or Wet Feed?

First of all, owners have to make a decision. Do you feed dry food or wet food? Or should both be on the menu. Regardless of the type of feed you choose, the quality has to be right. 

Wet Food Or Dry Food?

Whether wet food, dry food or even BARF is a question on which the opinions differ.

While one insists on feeding with raw meat (BARF), which is very demanding in terms of requirements for the keeper and risky in terms of germ contamination, the other relies on more convenient and balanced alternatives such as feeding with dry or wet food.

It is important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages. In addition, not every dog ​​can tolerate every type of food. The article ” Wet food or dry food – what is better for the dog ” helps.

Not All Dry Food Is The Same

The quality is shown in the manufacturing process. Cheap feed is usually produced using the extrusion process. In addition, cheaply produced feed does not necessarily have to be sold cheaply. Often times, dry food prices are far too high for the quality consumers purchase.

But how can the difference in quality be recognized? As a rule of thumb, the more fresh meat there is on the list of contents, the higher the probability that it is high-quality feed made from meat juice. 

What is Meat Juicing? 

The term meat juice cooking is a method for preparing dog food in which fresh meat is cooked in its own juice for a long time and at a low temperature without adding water or broth. This is where the name meat juice cooking comes from.

The gentle preparation, which is based on the preparation of food for people, preserves the natural meat juice taste and the important ingredients of fresh meat, so that dry food made from meat juice is gladly accepted by many dogs.

Further information on healthy dog ​​nutrition can be found in the article ” Healthy dog ​​nutrition – extrusion process or meat juice cooking “.

Feed Appropriately And Pay Attention To The Weight

Every dog ​​has a specific energy requirement and owners should adjust their feeding accordingly. The manufacturer’s information on the packaging of the feed serves as a guideline. However, there are animals that eat significantly more or less than specified by the manufacturer.

Labrador Retrievers are considered to be outspoken gourmets who are really “gnawed” – there is a risk of obesity! Dog owners should always pay attention to the appetite of their four-legged friend and ensure that they receive the optimal amount, neither too much nor too little.

If in doubt, a discussion with the vet will help, who will determine a healthy feed plan and adjust it until it is perfectly tailored to the dog.


Divyesh Patel