How To Feed a Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are not known to be picky eaters and can often be seen happily eating their own food as well as anything else they come across.

To ensure a healthy, long life with a glossy coat, it is important to provide them with a balanced, regulated diet.

Doberman Pinscher Feeding

Elements you will need:
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • Dog food

How to feed a Doberman Pinscher puppy

For the first six to eight weeks, puppies should be fed exclusively on their mother's milk. After six weeks, gradually introduce small amounts of corned beef to the puppy's diet, mixing it with the mother's milk at meal times. By the eighth week, the puppy should be completely weaned off of the mother's milk.

Related: Homemade Milk Replacer Recipes for Puppies

How to feed a Doberman Pinscher

Choose a high quality dog food. The first ingredient should be some type of meat and not a grain product. Grain-based foods cause flatulence.

A Doberman puppy, or a dog of any other breed that engages in average physical activity, should have 26 percent protein and 15 to 18 percent fat content in its diet. If your dog eats a quality dry food, then it will not require additional supplements.

Dry or wet dog food

If you are trying to decide between dry and wet food for your dog, dry dog food is usually the more economical option and contains a lower amount of fat; however, it is also full of preservatives. Wet dog foods tend to be more expensive and are mostly composed of water (70%). Avoid semi-moist foods as they often have a high sugar content.

When to switch to adult dog food

A Doberman's food should be changed at each of the three stages of its life. Puppy foods have higher calories as they use a lot of energy during the rapid growth period of the first year. Your pet is fully mature at 12 months and can begin eating adult dog food unless your veterinarian recommends a puppy food.

When he reaches old age, he begins to have metabolic and digestive problems, so a food that is compatible for a Doberman over 10 years of age is recommended.

Feeding schedule

Establish a feeding schedule. When the puppy is 6 to 8 weeks old it eats three times a day, but after eight weeks it should eat twice a day: morning and evening.

This feeding schedule continues into adulthood. An older Doberman will digest smaller portions of food better. Ask your veterinarian how much to feed in each portion or follow the feeding directions on the package. Fresh water should be provided at each feeding.


Dobermans enjoy having a varied diet, but changing foods too often causes them digestive problems. You can add broth with different flavors to his food to give it a different taste.

Check with your veterinarian to determine if they are deficient in vitamins or minerals as they can prescribe them if your pet needs them. Get your Doberman used to sitting in front of the bowl full of food until you give him permission to eat.


It is important to be mindful of how many vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, can be dangerous for a Doberman. If your pup is throwing up yellow bile, it is likely due to hunger. Additionally, it is important to be aware that the vitamin content of dry dog food decreases significantly after 90 days of opening the package.

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