What is the difference between small breed dog food and standard dog food?
Small Breed Dog Food vs Regular Dog Food
There are several differences between small breed dog food and regular dog food. First, diets formulated for small breeds have higher energy content and are packed with many nutrients compared with diets designed for medium and large breeds. This is because small breeds have a faster metabolic rate, linked to them having a greater ratio of body surface area to body weight.
The kibble size for smaller dogs is generally smaller than regular dog food. This is because they have smaller mouths and jaws and are easier for their gastrointestinal systems to digest. On the other hand, medium and large dogs usually have larger kibble because their jaws can handle the size of the food.
Small breeds need more calories because they have fast metabolisms and higher energy levels. This means that they have much higher energy requirements per kilogram of body weight, and therefore they need food with higher calorie content. From the puppy stage to when they reach senior years, smaller dogs require food designed to have the right amount of calories for their active lives. This doesn’t mean that they require more food; the feeding guide on the back of the packaging provides the correct amount of food for a dogs bodyweight. In comparison, larger dogs eat more, but the food is not as nutritionally dense.
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