A typical serving for this large dog is four to six cups of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. Food should be measured and free-feeding never be done as it may lead to bloating and obesity. Like in every breed, the amount of food depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism.
Typical calorie needs of an adult Anatolian shepherd per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 2,000 calories daily
- Typical adult: up to 2,200 calories daily
- Physically active/working dog: up to 2,700 calories daily
Giant breeds have specific nutritional needs so you have to choose a reliable brand that offers a formula specifically made for them. Their accelerated growth rate makes them sensitive to nutrient and caloric imbalances, both deficiencies and excesses. The number one health issue related to rapid growth of giant breed puppies is developmental orthopaedic disease (DOD). Owners need to do their research to avoid this as well as obesity and bloat.
High-quality protein found in chicken, turkey, lamb, fish, and egg contains necessary amino acids that meet a puppy's nutritional needs. Cheap fillers like wheat, soy, and corn should be avoided. A common misconception with large or giant breed nutrition is giving too much calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D for bone growth. On the contrary, studies show that high levels of these vitamins and minerals are linked to DOD. In fact, limiting the intake of these and the number of calories will slow growth rates.
Closely monitor your giant breed and work closely with a trusted vet to ensure its overall well-being and improve chances of a longer lifespan.