As with all other dog breeds, protein is considered the foremost important nutrient in your dog’s diet. It is a molecule made up of amino acids, which are building blocks for cells, organs, tissues, hormones, and antibodies. Protein can be found on both meat-based food and plant-based food. A barbet puppy should consume about 22 per cent of protein, whilst an adult barbet should consume about 18 per cent of protein.
Fat accounts as the main source of energy for dogs. It is essential for the building cells, production of hormones, and coat and skin maintenance. A barbet puppy should consume around 8 per cent of fat, whilst an adult barbet should consume around 5–8 per cent of fat depending on his activities.
Carbohydrate is broken down by the digestive system and converts it to glucose, which is a source of energy. Dogs also need iron, minerals, and other nutrients, which they can get from whole grains. An adult dog’s body is made up of 60–70 per cent of water, so provide your dog with clean water all the time. Minerals are also important to keep their bones and teeth healthy and strong, and help them grow.
Some important nutrients are not naturally provided in some dog foods; hence, it’s the owner’s duty to provide the barbet with supplements recommended by the vet. Listed below are some of the supplements that your barbet might need to take:
- Digestive enzymes
- Fish oil
An eight- to twelve-week-old barbet puppy requires four meals daily. When he reaches three to six months old, decrease his meals to only three times per day. Once the puppy is six months old to one year old, feed him at least two bowls of food a day. 2 1/2–3 1/2 cups of dog food will suffice. You can adjust the amount depending on his activity level, metabolism, size, and weight. But also keep in mind not to feed him more than required as he might become overweight, which will eventually result in health problems. If you are giving your barbet pup some treats in between, decrease the food amount of its meals to balance its intake. Remember to provide him with fresh water.
An adult barbet should be fed two servings a day. Each cup of food served should not contain more than 350 calories. If you have an active barbet dog, you can increase the food amount per cup according to his activity level. As usual, provide fresh, clean water only, and don’t forget to wash his water and food bowls always.