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Giant breeds such as the Great Danes, Mastiff and Saint Bernard have a giant appetite too, given a big skeletal structure to tend for; they also need stronger joints and tendons to support their weight.

A good appetite and large body weight being a tendency for some large breeds, it results in to a slower rate of metabolism. These dogs must be provided with a low fat and a low calorie dry food which is rich with hi quality protein and on the other hands some large breeds like the Rhodesian Ridgeback are quite athletic and have a lower body weight thus they require a hi calorie diet for all the energy spent.

It is futile to focus on maximum growth which is unnatural, rather try to achieve optimal growth of your dog. Growing too big too soon may pose health problems in your dog’s life.

What to look for while buying dry dog food for giant breeds?

  • Always ensure what ingredients are listed on the back of your dog’s favorite food bag?
  • Inherently, it is observed that the first ingredient written is also the largest contributor and in some cases going as much as 25% - 50% of the total ingredients.
  • Ensure that a right proportion of bone building minerals like calcium and phosphorous are present in the food in right proportions.
  • When choosing dry kibble for your large breed dogs, check if it is designed as per the morphology of a giant breed dog and offers a high quality protein, an odd size will lead to your dog bolting through the food.

Please find below some general guidance issued with the most popular dog food brands and with their best dry dog food variants for the giant breed dogs in India.


Recommended Daily Feeding for Giant Breed Dogs [ dry kibble diet ]

Expected adult body weight

<4 months

4 - 6 months

6 - 9 months

9 - 12 months

12 - 18 months



350 - 750 gms

500 - 900 gms

650 - 1000 gms

800 - 1150 gms

900 - 1300 gms

Great Dane

St. Bernard



Brand / Product



 Hills Science Plan / Large Breed Adult Diet [Recommended for large breed adult dogs from 12 - 36 months of age.]

Chicken (minimum Chicken 20%, Chicken and Turkey combined 30%): Ground maize, chicken and turkey meal, soy bean meal, animal fat, maize gluten meal, digest, flaxseed, vegetable oil, salt, L-carnite supplement, L-lysine hydrochloride, potassium chloride, potassium citate, calcium carbonate, taurine, L-tryptophan, vitamins and trace elements. Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract


Royal Canin / Giant Junior

[Recommended for large breed dogs of 8 months - 18/24 months of age].

COMPOSITION: dehydrated poultry protein, rice, maize, animal fats, vegetable protein isolate*, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, minerals, fish oil, soya oil, yeasts, psyllium husks and seeds, fructo-oligo-saccharides, hydrolysed yeast (source of manno oligosaccharides), hydrolysed crustaceans (source of glucosamine), marigold extract (source of lutein), hydrolysed cartilage (source of chondroitin).

CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 31% - Fat content: 16% - Crude ash: 8% - Crude fibres:1.3% - Per kg: Calcium: 12 g - Phosphorus: 9.5 g - Fructo-oligo-saccharides: 3.4 g - Manno-oligo-saccharides: 0.5 g.

*L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation.


Prior to choosing a dry diet for your dogs, it is imperative to consult a veterinarian.

The writer or Pets World India does not claim the content to be unquestionable and cannot be held liable for the genuineness of the content.

All tables including the feeding guidance are only as per the information provided by the respective manufacturers.

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