Like that of all breeds, the Anatolian Shepherd diet will need to include plenty of animal proteins and carbohydrates for energy, vitamins and minerals for digestive and immune health, and omega fatty acids for coat and skin wellness. This means the best dog food for Anatolian Shepherd Dogs is the premium dry kind, particularly brands formulated for large breeds. This high-quality food, while more expensive and difficult to obtain, has balanced portions of the above-listed ingredients your ASD will need to maintain its health in the long term. Cheap, generic dog food is not recommended for this breed, because it contains mostly empty "filler" ingredients that are not healthy, are harder for the dog to digest, and may even shorten its lifespan if consumed on a daily basis.
Blue Buffalo, Royal Canin, and Hill's Science Diet are three recommended brands that carry excellent lines of premium dry food for large breeds.
And as you can imagine, your ASD will eat a lot! The typical adult Anatolian Shepherd, depending on its age, size, and activity level, will need about five cups of premium dry food per day, divided into two meals. An ASD puppy, again depending on age, will need a bit less: about 3½ cups per day, divided into three meals (not two) until nine months of age.
For further details on feeding these dogs from puppyhood through maturity, see this Anatolian Shepherd Dog feeding chart:
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Feeding Chart
|Dog Age||Dog Weight||Food Type||Amount||Frequency|
|2 Months||12 lbs||Dry (Puppy formula)||0.5 cups||3x/day|
|3 Months||25 lbs||Dry||0.75 cups||3x/day|
|6 Months||50 lbs||Dry||1 cup||3x/day|
|9 Months||80 lbs||Dry* (Puppy/Adult)||1.25 cups||3x/day|
|12 Months||100 lbs||Dry (Adult formula)||2.25 cups||2x/day|
|14 Months+||115 lbs||Dry||2.5 cups||2x/day|
*--Around this time, transition to adult food by first mixing in a bit of adult formula with the puppy formula. Over the course of a week, with each meal add a bit more adult food to the mixture, until the dog is eating it entirely.
If possible, try and stick to the above-listed portions. Though these dogs are not especially prone to obesity, if constantly overfed and under-exercised they can certainly become overweight--and a fat Anatolian Shepherd will have joint, digestive, and breathing problems, not to mention a potentially shortened lifespan. You can help control your ASD's weight by having consistent feeding and exercise schedules, by not feeding the dog table scraps, and by not leaving food in the dog's bowl all the time, thereby allowing it to eat anytime it wants. It's better to put your ASD's bowl down only at mealtimes, then pick it up a few minutes after the dog begins eating.
If you're worried your Anatolian Shepherd is overweight, give the dog this simple test: run a hand along its side, and if you can't feel any ribs, it's diet time. Reduce the dog's daily food consumption by one-fourth, and add an extra walk, jog, or play period to its daily exercise schedule.