A typical serving for an adult English springer spaniel is 1.5–2 cups of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. As a dog originally bred to work, it has high energy and nutrient requirements. Nonetheless, you have to consider its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism when deciding meal quantity and frequency. You also need to understand the individual needs of your dog.
The English springer requires more protein and less carbohydrates to be able to sustain its energy needs. Protein is great in providing essential nutrients to build muscles.
Typical calorie needs of an adult English spring spaniel per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 900 calories daily
- Typical adult: up to 1,100 calories daily
- Physically active/working dog: up to 1,800 calories daily
Like any breed, the English springer needs a complex range of nutrients, which includes a healthy foundation of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Breed experts believe that they need a diet rich in B vitamins to promote better reflexes. These vitamins are also good for the nervous system, eyes, and hair. Incorporate glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C to prevent hip dysplasia.
It is advised to feed it whole foods consisting mainly of meat such as chicken, lamb, fish, and turkey. Carrots, blueberries, and eggs are also recommended to promote better eyesight. Avoid grain, especially wheat, soy, and corn, which are used as unhealthy fillers in commercial dog food.