A typical serving for an adult English Springer Spaniel is 1.5 to 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.
English Springers require more protein and less carbohydrates to be able to sustain their energy needs. Protein is great in providing essential nutrients to build muscles.
Typical calorie needs of adult --- per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 900 calories daily
- Typical adults: up to 1,100 calories daily
- Physically active/working dogs: up to 1,800 calories daily
Like any breed, English Springers need a complex range of nutrients, which includes a healthy foundation of vitamins, minerals and antioxiadants. Breed experts believe that they need a diet rich in B Vitamins to promote better reflexes. This vitamin is 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 them 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.