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I think my boxer is too skinny, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by Mahoganyboy, Apr 23, 2006.

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  1. Mahoganyboy

    Mahoganyboy Boxer Pal

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    I think my boxer, Dempsey, is too skinny. He is 1 1/2 years old. I tried switching him to a better dog food and I'm feeding him about 5 cups a day and he still looks skinny. Is this normal? What can I do to fatten him up a bit?
     
  2. Maxwell's Ma

    Maxwell's Ma Boxer Insane

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    First of all can you see his ribs? It is normal to see the first 2 ribs on a boxer. They are usually lean. Next what brand are you feeding? 5 cups a day? Is that the recommendation on the bag of food for his weight. Have you had him checked for worms?
     
  3. courtney323

    courtney323 Energetic Moderator<br><img src="/forums/images/mo

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    Hi Mahoganyboy -

    Welcome to Boxerworld. Please post your Introduction. This is required of all new members, and should have actually been your very first post ;)

    www.boxerworld.com/rules

    As for your Boxer, it would be helpful to see a picture of him. Keep in mind that Boxers are a lean breed, and you should always be able to see a few ribs ;)

    Also - Boxers are a rather slow maturing breed, and he's not quite done growing just yet. They spend the 1st 12-18 months growing upwards, and they do not fill out until between 2-3 years of age. So, by age 3 you will see the "finished product".

    With all of that said, what are you feeding him? The very best thing you can do is feed him a high quality diet. Lower quality foods tend to pass right through the body, without adding much nutritional value.
     
  4. gmacleod

    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    How skinny exactly is he? On a boxer of correct weight, you should be able to see the outline of the last couple of ribs when the dog is just standing normally (ie. they're a lean breed).

    With puppies, it's very common for them to be substantially thinner than that. They seem to put all their energy into growing taller, and just won't fill out until after all the upward growth is complete - and upward growth continues until around 14-18 months of age. So that could well be your guy's case - he's only just reached the point that he'll have finished growing taller, so now he can start filling out. But that's a gradual process, and you don't see the mature dog until between 2-3 years old ;)

    You just have to wait for the dog to fill out naturally (meaning there's not much you can do to make a lanky teenager put on weight ;)). What exactly are you feeding him? As long as you're feeding a good quality food, that's about all you can really do.
     
  5. Mahoganyboy

    Mahoganyboy Boxer Pal

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    Sorry about the introduction thing. I took care of that. As for Dempsey you can see 4 ribs pretty good and his back bone. He eats Natural Choice High Energy dog food. He has been on that for about a month. He was on perina which was probubly not a very good brand. Thank you for all the advice, I didn't know it would take that long for a boxer to finish growing.
     
  6. courtney323

    courtney323 Energetic Moderator<br><img src="/forums/images/mo

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    Thanks for posting your Introduction. I just want to add that, while your current food is probably a step up (in quality) from Pedigree, it's not a very high quality dry dog food. Fortunately though, there are many better quality foods out there!

    Try doing a search on "quality" or "premium" kibbles, and you will find some great discussions on this topis. Also, try visiting:

    www.boxerworld.com/feeding
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    http://www.boxerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=97838

    Here are the ingredients for what you are currently feeding him:

    I would definitely look for something with more meat content, and fewer grains (fillers). I would aim to avoid ingredients such as Corn, corn gluten, ground rice, beet pulp, etc..

    Good luck
     
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