A typical serving for an adult Beauceron is 3 to 5 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. Nonetheless, each breed is unique so the amount of food depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. Before getting a dog, research about the basic nutritional requirements of the breed. As your dog grows under your care, learn its distinct characteristics to know the right amount and best food to give.
Typical calorie needs of adult Beaceron per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 1,700 calories daily
- Typical adults: up to 1,900 calories daily
- Physically active/working dogs: up to 2,100 calories daily
Beaucerons need a special type of dog food for large herding dogs that fits their way of life. There are various brands that have created specific lines to support a healthy weight and strengthen joints of large dogs. The key ingredient is protein, which should mainly come from meat (beef, bison, chicken, and lamb).
Since Beucerons are prone to bloat, they thrive on small frequent meals. That being said, they should not be overfed treats and table scraps. Neither should they be fed immediately before or after a strenuous activity or they may experience digestive issues.
This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia because of its high level of physical activity. It is important to include food and/or supplements with glucosamine, which can be found in chicken cartilage. Like all breeds, they should be given healthy fats for a healthy coat.