Border Collies need high quality food because of the amount of energy they expend during the day. A brand like Purina which has been scientifically designed is the best for your Border Collie. The dogs do not need anything more then just their normal dog food added to their diet. Feeding food scraps can cause upset stomachs and weight gain.
The Border Collie diet is very important. The coat, energy level and overall border collie's health can be significantly impacted if a dog does not consume the necessary nutrients in their daily diet. Adding supplements to the dog's diet is becoming more common and is encouraged by some breeders.
The amount you should feed your border collies depends on several factors. First, you should follow the recommendations from your vet. The vet will feel the body makeup of your dog and be able to formulate a well balanced diet program for your dog. Labels on food packaging can also offer insight into the approximate amount of cups of dry dog food you should feed your border collie. Most recommend two feedings per day, once in the morning and once in the early evening. The amount recommended will certainly depend on the weight of your border collie as weight varies from dog to dog throughout the breed. Often somewhere between 2 and 3 cups a day is within the range that is recommended for dogs around 40 pounds. The border collie needs adequate nutrition in order to have the energy to succeed in intense physical activity like herding for working dogs and agility, play and training for those border collies who do not live on the farm working.
Many working border collies who tend livestock will each get 2 cups or 2.5 cups of food daily and a single biscuit per day.
Border collie puppies feed a different amount of dog food than a full grown border collie. Most puppies around two months of age will be eating somewhere between 1/2 cup of dog food to 1 full cup of dog food. Here again you should consult with your dog's vet to make sure that he or she is getting the proper nutrition during this rapid developmental stage of the puppy that occurs after birth and last for several months.
Overfeeding your border collie can create serious health concerns that begin with the dog becoming overweight. Muscles, joints and bones on a dog known for their agility and speed are all affected when the dog carries extra weight. Underfeeding can also lead to serious issues as the dog needs the necessary nutrients, protein and energy to live a healthy, productive life.
Many owners feed their border collies expensive, high quality food as an investment in the health and productivity of the working dog. Natural Balance Duck and potato kibble are an example of high quality dog food for border collies. Lower quality dog foods often contain a high percentage of filler. Holistic food, on the other hand, does not have filler and so feeding with holistic food you may need to feed less than if you were feeding with food containing a high degree of filler.
Tips for border collie diets. Border collies need plenty of exercise each day in order to expend the calories they are consuming during feeding. Border collie are known as a breed to eat until the food is gone, so you should give the right amount of food and not extra. Generally it is considered normal for dogs to eat regularly the same food as long it is balanced and contains all the nutrients and ingredients that the dog needs. Changing types or dietary variations will often cause digestion issues for the dog resulting in diarrhea and an upset stomach. Treats should be minimized unless using as a reward for training. Dog's need plenty of water and should have access to water throughout the day and night. Water bowls and feeding bowls should be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Food should be kept in a cool, dry place and out of reach of the dog. As an example of the border collie intelligence, after establishing a feeding time routine, this breed of dog will willingly help to remind you that their time to eat is now with a little nudging.