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Hank, our 13week old, weighs only 15lbs, and everything I read says he should be around 26lbs. We are feeding him Life’s Abundance All Stages after our breeder suggested it. He was eating it wet ok but recently won’t eat much more than 2 cups a day. Any suggestions on food or weight? Our last boxer was 70lbs and would eat anything but he was a rescue at 1yr so new to boxer puppies. Vet is not concerned yet, but I am.
 

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Warm and Soak the Food or Soak and Warm the Food if it is a Pup - might help again
Read the reviews if any on (Life’s Abundance All Stages ) we feed Quality Pet Mince with a handful of oats mixed in it
and sometimes beef heart and sometimes a little good quality cat food (salmon etc) for calcium
Early on we soak the food. She got a Fried Egg this morning a little bacon yesterday
I am not super strict I sometime spoil the dogs with a fry up (lambs fry bacon eggs etc)

If you change food do so gradually because you can upset their glands (blood in stools etc)

I pretend to eat their food to tease them sometimes so they EAT IT let them bark no I am eating it
num num num - want some. Beef heart goes fast

How well you are feeding should be indicated by their energy level and muscle development
i.e the Better you Feed - the More Energy they have - More Exercise they require ..... and that means
Better Training

I would not panic but you only get one chance to get it right and allow them to reach their full potential
My Pup will most likely be bred so she need to be able to withstand the rigours of that.
55lbs 25kg at 6 Months she is bit of a Heifer at 7mth now she looks almost full size and the muscle tone
from Hill walks in prep for show - she could go up against the males.

Some of the runs that were good for my adult dogs are just a warm up for her
Got some power up front - broke my partners leg below the knee with a bump
Oh well No Malice - she will heal. Sorry Mum broke your leg oops

Just saying you can over do it and if you do it right you have to be ready for what you wish for
25kg 55lbs at 6 months is ok it is a little over no big deal

Rest is also really important Make sure they are wormed etc

But you can exercise them to wear them out - make them hungry and them feed them up real good


Gut Health is important also don't mean to Fart on but watch out for the Bad Farts
Kind of hope it pays off with no Vet Bills until a ripe old age of 16
 

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Yes he does seem on the small side to me though I am now forgetting what our guy had weighed. But I'm pretty sure it was in the 20-25 lbs range. He may just be a little slower. I have read the reviews on life abundance and the ratings are mostly 5 star. Remember he is also teething sometimes they go off their food some during this time. My dogs have gone off food for a entire day-day and a half during these times. I used treats and their food as play to get them to eat something. b For me I put their food down and I give them time to eat, sometimes longer than 20 minutes even up to an hour just depending on my schedule. Then I offer it again. Usually at that age 3x daily. When mine stopped eating one meal , I took it away and offered the same amount in two feedings and that is what I stuck with. My boxer was a bit of affinity eater too. As a young pup he ate Royal Canin boxer puppy, I think he like the shape. When he was about 5 months we switched him to Victor high energy and he did well on that. (Note our vet no longer wanted him on puppy food as he felt it could cause him to grow too fast and his growth plates need to solidify during this time). Later we would inter change their different formulas . I wouldn't necessarily switch his food unless it becomes problematic and if and when you do remember to use the 25-50-75-100 new food to old each week. That way you don't have tummy upsets. Though my vet said I could just not feed for 24 hours and do a switch with the same result, but I never did. I'd likely like to see him eating about 3-4 cups of food. Maybe he can also put some of his kibble in a toy that he can play and eat with. I do like this one. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy, you can find it on chewy. My dogs also like Instinct raw toppers, the are dehydrated. I sometimes use them as toppers of just for treats. Good luck with your pup and we love to share pictures here.
 

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Yes he does seem on the small side to me though I am now forgetting what our guy had weighed. But I'm pretty sure it was in the 20-25 lbs range. He may just be a little slower. I have read the reviews on life abundance and the ratings are mostly 5 star. Remember he is also teething sometimes they go off their food some during this time. My dogs have gone off food for a entire day-day and a half during these times. I used treats and their food as play to get them to eat something. b For me I put their food down and I give them time to eat, sometimes longer than 20 minutes even up to an hour just depending on my schedule. Then I offer it again. Usually at that age 3x daily. When mine stopped eating one meal , I took it away and offered the same amount in two feedings and that is what I stuck with. My boxer was a bit of affinity eater too. As a young pup he ate Royal Canin boxer puppy, I think he like the shape. When he was about 5 months we switched him to Victor high energy and he did well on that. (Note our vet no longer wanted him on puppy food as he felt it could cause him to grow too fast and his growth plates need to solidify during this time). Later we would inter change their different formulas . I wouldn't necessarily switch his food unless it becomes problematic and if and when you do remember to use the 25-50-75-100 new food to old each week. That way you don't have tummy upsets. Though my vet said I could just not feed for 24 hours and do a switch with the same result, but I never did. I'd likely like to see him eating about 3-4 cups of food. Maybe he can also put some of his kibble in a toy that he can play and eat with. I do like this one. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy, you can find it on chewy. My dogs also like Instinct raw toppers, the are dehydrated. I sometimes use them as toppers of just for treats. Good luck with your pup and we love to share pictures here.
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Thank you for the great advice, just worried about the little guy! Want him to grow up big like our last boxer, just need to give him time. Thanks again!
 

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He’s very cute, early on with my dogs I established the regular feeding time and they got fed 3 x a day at your dogs age. I used the guide on the dog food bag and divided by 3x. I added some fat free cooked ground turkey mixed about a quarter cup mixed in to encourage to eat it all. it’s important to establish a routine of good eating habits
 

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Oh he is handsome and I think he is looking good. Luvmiboxers gave some good advise too, the turkey may encourage him to eat more too. Slower growth I feel is good growth. Mine was very lanky until he reached two, during that 2nd year he filled out.
 

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Thank you for the great advice, just worried about the little guy! Want him to grow up big like our last boxer, just need to give him time. Thanks again!
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Thank you for the great advice, just worried about the little guy! Want him to grow up big like our last boxer, just need to give him time. Thanks again!
Beautiful Dog We do not get the Dark almost Black Brindles so much in Aus or NZ like that. That i have seen

Weighed Pop Pop 29kg or 63.9341lbs at 7 months

I warm the food esp in Winter it helps with digestion that helps with older dogs
If you have ever had one get constipated when ti does come out if you ever make the mistake of feeding
some kibbles when it does work its way out with molasses it is just like sawdust.

She already has more muscle tone than some Males. Hill climbs.
My last Male was a champ and she is nearly and big but with better tone? it is ridiculous.
She might become over size a tad to standard but muscle weighs more than fat
So we will not Panic yet, for the rigours of breeding healthy Pups she should be fingers crossed rock solid.

Missed my run to the Market to top up on beef heart so she will get Chicken Necks Beef heart live kidney bacon
and some fish and egg - if I get desperate some canned food to go with the Royal Canine and Stockman and Paddock?

It is a balancing act of good rest, good food exercise and training

You only get one shot at it so it is worth giving it your best shot.

Once they are fully grown you go into maintain mode

Sleep is so important and I reckon is the "magic ingredient" they have to be able to Chill and
I mean chill complete chill - they need to be accepted into a group and know the den is secure
have their little safe spot(s).

Walks and exercise is not just about physical exercise they need to patrol the area
recognise what all those (for a pup) scary sounds are and what that smell is their senses are more
refined than ours. Then they eventually get what it all is.

Knowing what the hell is out there must help with anxiety and then rest.
Service trucks trains cars - big scary monsters to a little pup at first then - no big deal?

With sleep those "chasing rabbit" dreams some of those "feet twitching and barking dreams"
can also be "nightmares"like kids have nightmares

disturbances to young dogs going into and out of sleep are not good I reckon

A Baby Human will die without cuddles same with Pups I reckon
 

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I fed Vet approved Jelli meat from a Can yesterday I got distracted and could not go to the markets
You can not compare that Crud to chunked Beef Heart
I feel guilty feeding it - it looked like what comes out the other end - Total Vomit

Dog Kibble was and still is about convenience and a poo that can be picked up off the carpet

Some has more grain than pigeon feed and some you might as well call sawdust but....

Some of the Quality Cat foods are ok
Evening Treat
Fishermans Basket or Sea Food platter over some Royal Canin

  • Filet o fish is an excellent source of calcium.


There are many varieties of fish that are good for dogs. “Tuna, salmon, whitefish, cod and whiting (also known as hank) are all good fish for dogs to eat,” says Dempsey. “Purina uses fish in our foods because it is a good source of many of the nutrients dogs need,” Dempsey explains.



Obviously you do not need to go overboard but just to keep the calcium up
 

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I think with a home made diet you really need to know your stuff, too much calcium in puppies is not good either. It can cause skeletal issues as the puppy will grow too fast. This link has some valuable information. How to Balance Calcium In Your Dog’s Diet
Many vets today will take a pup off "puppy formula" by 5 months old because the puppy is growing faster than his skeleton and this will affect the way his growth plates form . I'm no expert but it seems a lot of what I was told when I was young is changing today, in training and foods. (I'll never catch up)
 

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Thank you for that
Pop Pop is on mainly Royal Canin and Quality Pet Mince with Oats
The Beef Heart and liver packs would be maybe twice a week and fish maybe once
and every now and then some chicken necks - not a fan of chicken necks any more
So it is really Just Royal Canin with some extra
I think you have to be moderate and sensible
She was always going to be "big"and I am glad we prepared for that
The Beef Heart is so good I am going to eat it myself in stir fries

ROLF VON VOGELSBERG No.1183
Father of the VON DOM Kennels
Stood nearly 24 inches at the shoulder, one of the largest Boxers of his time.

 

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I can of this


can't do her too much harm

I have searched online for quality pet foods that contain zero artificial colours flavours and preservatives that are also grain free..but too expensive for 4 cats.
I finally came across Snappy Tom tinned food and its all of the above ..just meat n fish.
 

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Your vet is right he/she should be around 26lbs = 15kg at 13weeks old for a medium size breed dog, I think you may of been looking at 'lbs' not 'kg' and the vet was talking 'kg'. He's eating the right amount to, should be 1 1.5 cups of food a day and yours is eating 2 cup.
He might get to 70lbs fully grown but he still has 1yr and 4mths of growing till his fully grown, size and weight is different between male and females and whether the pup was the runt of the litter or not, but seriously I wouldn't worry about that yet! Just to be on the safe side get your vet to worm him if they haven't already.
Iv attached a Boxer puppy weight chart for you plus a top picture showing what a 13wk old male pup looks like and at the bottom what a 13wk female pup looks like.
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We are at 29kg at 7 months already for female.
So obviously our Calcium/Phosphorous and anything else (Vitamin D) balance has to be managed carefully
I am going back to just Kibbles for a Day or 2 a week.
As Far as Bones goes she has already broken someone's leg below the knee with a bump.
So I think it is safe to say her Bones are not soft.
 

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I put a handful of Quick Oats rolled oats in the pet mince that gets mixed
with the royal canin after microwaving

Why? it is fibre and it is good for bones all the vitamins below
a 750g pack is about $1.25 it absorbs all the juices from the mince
should help with digestion

There are so many Vitamins in simple oats it is incredible my birds
get it and no soft effggs


Oats are high in many vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Manganese. Typically found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is important for development, growth, and metabolism (25Trusted Source).
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  • Phosphorus. This mineral is important for bone health and tissue maintenance (26Trusted Source).
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  • Copper. An antioxidant mineral often lacking in the Western diet, copper is considered important for heart health (27Trusted Source).
  • Vitamin B1. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin is found in many foods, including grains, beans, nuts, and meat.
  • Iron. As a component of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, iron is absolutely essential in the human diet.
  • Selenium. This antioxidant is important for various processes in your body. Low selenium levels are associated with increased risk of premature death and impaired immune and mental function (28Trusted Source).
  • Magnesium. Often lacking in the diet, this mineral is important for numerous processes in your body (29Trusted Source).
  • Zinc. This mineral participates in many chemical reactions in your body and is important for overall health (30Trusted Source).
 

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The Back of a Pack of Royal Canin Puppy Maxi has a good Feed Chart
for Dog Weight and Age.


I did further reading and research what Great Dane Owners do is
worth referencing - they make sure they can see feel the last rib
while they grow so they do not ever get over weight

As they Grow Weight is put on the joints and the more muscle support
they have the better.

If you are going to get this right you need to weigh the pup once
a week and be weighing and measuring your food.
 
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