What do you feed your Australian Terriers?

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Saturday, February 27, 2010 Under: Dog Health and Current News related topics

Recently, I was approached by a supplier of an all natural dog food line wondering if I would consider selling their products on our website. The sales woman was quite pleasant and educated in pet food in general and of course her product line, which was produced by a Veternarian so I agreed to sample it. 

The product was all natural didn't contain corn, high in protein and it was clearly fresh.  Our dogs really liked it. 

This product isn't available in stores and shipping fees I felt were rather expensive.  The price point for a 40 pound bag was about what we pay now for a quality food, which is $40-45. However, that didn't include their shipping fees.

In addition, the marketing concept by promoting the product on our site didn't fit our style, so for now we declined this offer.

But it made me think about the many questions I do receive from people regarding dog food and what we feed our Australian Terriers.  So, I'll tell you what we feed our Aussies.

We always use an all natural pet store or Vet dog food, usually dry kibble, not canned. We give them canned more as a treat or when the puppies were first starting to eat solid food.

I like to change the brand once in a while so they don't become picky eaters.  When you switch from one dog food to another, it's recommended you transition the new food and not just switch them over. That being said, there isn't anything wrong with sticking to one brand of food if your dog does well on it.  We have tried many different brands over the years. We have tried feeding our Aussies Raw food as well and some liked it others didn't.  I'm not going to discuss Raw at this time, but it can have many benefits.

Right now we are alternating between Natural Choice and Taste of the Wild.  Check the ingredience, make sure that the number 1 product isn't corn. Choose a dog food that is grain-free. What I like about Taste of the Wild is all the natural ingredience an example of what is in their food is as follows:
 
They use a grain-free formula for all life stages with sweet potatoes and peas provides highly digestible energy for your active dog. Made with real roasted and smoked fowl, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with fruits and vegetables, which provides natural antioxidants, supporting a healthy immune system and overall good health. 

Our dogs love it, the ingredience are great for their health and their coats are really beautiful as well.

Here is a feeding chart to follow for your Aussie's feeding schedule.  These quantities represent a daily feeding  We feed our dogs twice a day, morning and night.  Our puppies we feed several times a day.

Puppy
Weight
3 - 5
weeks
6 - 11
weeks
12 - 16
weeks
17 - 28
weeks

29 - 52
weeks

3-5 lbs. Moisten & Feed
Frequently
3/4 – 1-1/4 2/3 – 1 2/3–1 1/2 –3/4
5-10 lbs. Moisten & Feed
Frequently
1 – 2 1 – 2 3/4 – 1-2/3 2/3 – 1-1/2
10-20 lbs. Moisten & Feed
Frequently
2 – 3-1/2 1-2/3 – 3-1/4 1-1/2 – 2-3/4 1-1/4 – 2-1/2
20-30 lbs. Moisten & Feed
Frequently
3-1/4 – 4-3/4 2-3/4 – 4-1/4 2-1/2 – 3-3/4 2 – 3-1/3

Use a standard 8 oz. measuring cup. Moisten the food until the puppy no longer has sore gums and has sufficient
teeth to chew the kibble.

Most Aussies at maturity weight 15 to 18 pounds.  If your Aussie is over-weight, make sure you cut back on their food, over-weight dogs can lead to many serious health problems. 

Always consult with your vet or breeder if your not sure about what to feed your Aussie, hopefully this information will help guide you.


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Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa