|The Scoop : Best Dog Argentino Food of 2018|
Dogo Argentinos are probably some of the bravest, most loyal dogs on the planet. They were bred in Argentina to be the perfect hunting companions that were ready to take on animals like wild boars and pumas without giving it a second thought. They’re big, they’re strong, and they are an iconic part of Argentinean culture.
It didn’t take long for the rest of the world to take note of the Dogo Argentino, it’s now a global breed that is a loving, protecting part of countless families.
What To Look For In A Good Dogo Argentino Dog Food
Before we get into recommended feeding schedules it’s important for us to take a look at what a good food for a Dogo Argentino would ideally contain.
Dogo Argentino’s are notoriously unfussy eaters, they’ll eat pretty much anything you give to them. This is no accident as the breeders who created the breed wanted a no-nonsense, no fuss working dog to go on the hunt with them.
This essentially means that the Dogo Argentino has no specific dietary requirements that differ from any other breed of a similar size. With that in mind, here are the things your Dogo Argentino (or any dog of this size) needs in their diet that you should be looking out for.
Dogs of all sizes need a huge amount of protein in their diets, much more than humans do. While dogs are technically omnivorous, they are primarily meat eaters. It’s what their ancestral parents (wolves) ate, and it’s still what their bodies need to be able to function properly.
When picking a food for your Dogo Argentino remember this rule of thumb: The more protein it has, the better it is (to an extent).
Some dog owners advocate feeding dogs an higher protein food, they believe it’s the most natural (and therefore the most healthy) dietary choice. There’s some research to back this theory up, but it’s far from a conclusive fact. Feel free to feed your Dogo Argentino a higher protein food, but it’s not mandatory..
There are two main sources of protein that you’ll come across when looking at dog foods – animal-based and plant-based.
Animal-based protein is the most expensive, it often comes from beef, lamb, or chicken. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in the bodies of the animals used for the food, and it is generally considered to be the healthiest form of protein for a dog.
Plant-based proteins are much cheaper to produce and mainly come from beans and soy. They are a cost-effective way to provide your dog with the protein it needs, but they do lack some vitamins and minerals that are inherently included in animal proteins.
Note: If a dog food uses plant-based proteins it will almost certainly make up for this mineral deficiency in other ways.
Like humans, dogs need fat to function properly. They again need it in larger quantities than we do (but they don’t need it in excess). Like in humans, dogs use fat for the absorption of vitamins, to provide energy, and to add flavor to the food. However, dogs also use fat for hormone production in a way that humans do not.
You don’t need to concern yourself too much with the fat content of most dog foods, they are already pretty balanced.
Note: Remember to not worry about your dog putting on weight due to fat content, it’s the calories that put the pounds on, not fat.
Carbohydrates traditionally make up a very small amount of a dog’s natural diet. Their wolf ancestors weren’t running around the fields eating potatoes and grazing on corn…
However, as dogs will eat anything, they’ll lap up carbohydrates if they are given to them.
Despite not being a part of a dog’s traditional diet, carbohydrates don’t harm your dog in any way (despite what the “protein only” owners will tell you). However, they don’t really provide dogs with all that much nutritional value either. Carbohydrates are included in dog food as a very cheap way for the manufacturer to bump up the calorific content without having to spend money on expensive proteins.
Carbohydrates in dog food are often derived from corn, oats and other grains. Corn is considered to be the cheapest and “worst” kind of carbohydrate in dog food, others (like peas and sweet potato) are considered to be more nutritious.
Vitamins And Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are as essential to the health and well-being of a dog as they are to the wellbeing of a human. Like us, dogs have countless different vitamins and minerals that they require for a happy healthy life (and we’d be foolish to try and list them all here).
Don’t concern yourself too much with the vitamin and mineral content of a food from a “minimum requirements” perspective. All respectable brands make food that is designed to be consumed for every meal of the day. As such, they all contain the required nutrients for a healthy balanced diet.
Some brands will add additional vitamins and minerals to the food for further benefits (like healthy shiny coats) that work wonders, but they are far from essential – especially for a Dogo Argentino.
However, Dogo Argentinos do require one vitamin in larger quantities than many other breeds – Vitamin C.
Dogo Argentinos suffer from hip dysplasia, it’s one of the most common issues that is associated with the breed. Vitamin C goes a long way to reducing the likelihood of these joint issues occurring. You won’t find a dog food that has enough vitamin C in it to prevent hip dysplasia in a Dogo Argentino, as such you’ll need to provide them with additional supplements.
Note: Puppies should be given 1000mg a day, adults should be given 2000mg a day.
How Often Should You Feed A Dogo Argentino
Dogo Argentinos should be fed on the same schedule as most other dogs of their size. Provide them with 2 to 3 smaller meals per day when they are a puppy, and give them 2 large meals a day when they reach adulthood.
First 5 Ingredients : Buffalo, Lamb Meal, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas
Again we have the cheapest product in this section up first, and again it’s from Taste Of The Wild. This is another great example of a product that’s got everything that an adult Dogo Argentino needs (yet is still more expensive than our value pick earlier). It’s a grain free product that gets the majority of its calorific content from sweet potatoes and peas to provide long lasting, slow release energy throughout the day. It’s got the same probiotic content and chicory root as the puppy version we mentioned earlier (which means it boosts the immune system and aids nutrient absorption).
The protein in this food comes mainly from animal extracts (buffalo, lamb, and chicken) which provides naturally occurring nutrients in abundance. Taste Of The Wild has added additional amino acids into the recipe to promote a glossy healthy coat alongside a few antioxidants for good measure.
To finish off this tasty food they have also included a whole bunch of different fruits and vegetables to provide essential vitamins and minerals to create a well-rounded product your dog will love.
First 5 Ingredients : Deboned Beef, Chicken Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Pea Starch
No self-respecting list of dog food recommendations would be complete without an entry from the supersized Blue Buffalo brand. This is a company that has been operating for years providing dog owners all over the world with unbeatable quality at a very reasonable price point. This is a product that lives up to the impeccable reputation of the brand thanks to its super high protein formula. All the protein comes from natural animal sources, mainly deboned beef, lamb, and venison.
Blue Buffalo has added glucosamine and chondroitin to the recipe (which is something we’re really happy to see). These compounds promote bone and joint health, which is great news considering the hip dysplasia issues that Dogo Argentinos are known for. The carbohydrates in the product are made from high-quality peas and potatoes and again there’s a whole host of fruit and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. There’s also an unusually high quantity of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in this food which will ensure your pooch has a super shiny, super healthy coat all year round.
It’s not the cheapest product in the world coming in at around $50 for a 22 lb bag, but it’s still great value considering the quality of the product.
First 5 Ingredients : Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Potatoes
The final recommendation in this section is the most expensive on the whole page. It’s another luxury product that represents some of the best dry food on the market. If your budget permits, this is a product that is more than worthy of your consideration. It’s made by the widely respected Merrick who pride themselves on providing a meal that’s as mother nature intended. Like the Nature’s Variety product we recommended for puppies, this product contains large amounts of raw freeze dried meats (which are the dog equivalent of chocolate chips in a cookie). These meats contain vitamins, minerals, oils, amino acids and of course – huge amounts of protein too.
This is a high protein food, but it’s not a pure protein food. There’s a reasonable amount of fruit and vegetable extracts (all of which are natural) and a few additional oils and vitamins added for good measure. The carbohydrates in the product are derived from peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes – all of which are considered excellent nutritional carbohydrate sources.
One of the things that differentiate Merrick from other brands (and perhaps makes them a little bit more expensive) is their local values. All of the ingredients in their foods are sourced locally near their facility in Texas. They know the farmers and butchers who provide the raw ingredients personally (instead of cutting costs and ordering from China). This allows them to ensure quality on a level that other brands could only dream of.
Best Value Food For A Dogo Argentino
First 5 Ingredients : Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Rice Bran
There are many great foods that are suitable for a Dogo Argentino on the market (and we will list some of them below), but in our opinion, this product from American Journey is the most affordable food quality food for the money.
It’s a grain free dog food that derives much of its calorific content from the large amounts of protein that’s included in the recipe. The protein itself is derived from salmon which contains many natural oils, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for a healthy dog (with a healthy coat).
It’s not a pure protein food and does rely slightly on carbohydrates to get the calorie count up (which isn’t a bad thing). However, the quality of the carbohydrates used is excellent and it’s mainly derived from sweet potato and chickpeas.
It’s a nutritionally dense food that contains natural vitamins and minerals derived from fruits and vegetables (it also contains a few antioxidants thanks to the blueberries included in the recipe).
All these qualities mean that this should be a premium dog food with a premium price tag. But you’re only going to be paying around $35 for a 24 lb bag, which makes it incredible value for money.
3 Best Foods To Feed A Puppy Dogo Argentino
First 5 Ingredients : Chicken, Turkey Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Eggs
There’s no escaping the fact that this is one of the most expensive dry puppy foods on the market. However, there’s also no escaping the fact that it’s one of the best. It’s got more protein than most dry dog food brands could ever dream of including in their recipes. It contains large amounts of freeze-dried meat (chicken, fish, and beef) embedded throughout each individual piece of kibble.
As you can imagine, this is as luxurious as doggy dining gets – it’s a real treat. However, this isn’t just a product that’s going to taste good – it’s incredibly nutritious too. It contains a whole host of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals thanks to the inclusion of the raw meat. Additionally, it contains DHA (derived from chicken eggs) that massively helps the development of brain functionality and eyesight. To top it all off it’s made in the USA and contains no corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors or artificial flavorings.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not cheap (almost $70 for a 20 lb bag), but if you can afford it – it’s worth every cent.
First 5 Ingredients : Buffalo, Lamb Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Egg Product, Pea Protein
This great food from Taste Of The Wild is the cheapest food we are recommending specifically for a puppy here today (but it’s still more expensive than our best value pick above). It’s a grain free formula that is made from real roasted meats that provide the bulk of the large amounts of protein in the recipe.
It gets many of its calories from carbohydrates (like most dog foods) and derives them from quality sources like sweet potato. It’s packed full of natural vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables (and interestingly includes chicory root). This addition helps nutrient absorption and aids your Dogo Argentino to have a healthy immune system.
First 5 Ingredients : Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas
This product from the world famous Wellness brand is one of the most comprehensive and popular products on the market for large dog puppies (regardless of the breed). This is the core variation of their food, and as the name suggests it provides all the essential nutrients and calories a growing pup needs.
The main ingredient in this food is all natural chicken, which makes up the majority of the calorific content and provides a huge amount of protein. It contains no grains or seeds and bumps up the calorie count with potatoes and peas. Its got probiotics and prebiotics to aid your Dogo Argentino’s digestion and the addition of flaxseed will help promote healthy skin.
So there you have it, a comprehensive overview of what you should be feeding your Dogo Argentino, how often you should feed them, and a few products we recommend.
All of the products we have just listed above are more than worthy of your consideration, however, we do strongly recommend you consider our best value pick. It’s comparable quality to all of the other products we mentioned, but it’s significantly cheaper.
See if your Dogo Argentino likes it, and if they do, you’ll save yourself a bundle.