A typical serving for an adult Basset Hound is 1.5 to 2.5 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. Like every breed, the amount of food for your dog depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. It is important to consider the individual needs of your dog aside from considering its nutritional needs as a breed.
Typical calorie needs of adult Basset Hounds per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 1,000 calories daily
- Typical adults: up to 1,230 calories daily
- Physically active/working dogs: up to 1,960 calories daily
Bassets have small but dense bodies that require a lot of muscle so protein is very important in their diet. Animal proteins are the best sources such as beef, lamb, chicken, and eggs. As working dogs, they need Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for energy and healthy coats. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are also significant fat-soluble vitamins to assist in strengthening cell membranes.
Another source of energy, as well as for metabolism regulation, is carbs. However, since this breed is prone to obesity, control the amount and choose the good kinds. See to it that they come from barley, oats, sweet potatoes, and complex carbs. Steer clear from refined, starchy fillers like corn, wheat and soy.