Best Dog Food For Pit Bulls

best dog food for pit bulls


Regardless of the general public’s perception of Pit Bulls, Pit Bull owners swear by the breed. We are one of those owners!
Our Staffy is the best family dog we’ve ever had, and we want him to be happy and healthy. Whether you have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier, an American Pit Bull Terrier, or a beloved Pit Bull mix, good health starts with proper nutrition. That is why we’re talking about the best dog food for Pit Bulls.
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Different Types of Dog Food


1. Kibble or Dry Food

This is the most common and cheap type of dog food. It lasts a long time, is the most convenient, and companies can customize it with different supplements to meet different needs. Let’s face it, people. It doesn’t get any easier than scoop and serve. The crunchiness of the kibble promotes dental hygiene and prevents tartar build-up, which is one of the reasons our vet has always recommended dry food. Try to avoid artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and unhealthy fillers with no nutritional value.

2. Canned or Wet Food

Canned food does have a long shelf-life, but can start to get expensive. Canned food is mostly water (when reading the label, “Moisture” % = water %), and the higher the water content, the less room for nutrient content. The less nutrient content, the more your dog will have to eat to meet their nutritional needs which can lead to obesity. It is also cooked at very high temperatures to sterilize the food, which further degrades the nutrient value canned food does have. This is often the go-to choice for those with senior dogs having dental issues.

3. Semi-Moist

Everyone agrees that this type of food is better offered as a treat than a diet for your pet. These foods are often lacking in nutritional value and generally contain many artificial colors and ingredients.

4. Home Cooked

This diet gives you total control over what goes into your dog’s mouth, and if you go this route you have done a little bit of research on canine nutrition. My sister-in-law relishes creating a home-cooked chicken and rice meal for her pup every day, but I don’t have the time or the energy. Kudos to those of you who can make it happen!

5. Raw (Frozen or Freeze Dried)

This diet is one of the healthiest options. It consists of raw meat with some bones and organs mixed in and comes in frozen or freeze-dried form. But it is very expensive (expect to spend at least twice as much as dry kibble, possibly 3-4 times more), and it doesn’t last very long in the fridge once it’s been thawed. As with any raw meat, there are sanitary considerations that can lengthen prep-time and clean-up. Make sure to store this food exactly as recommended by the manufacturer.

How Much Should I Feed My Pit Bull?

The answer to this question comes down to size and energy expenditure which varies in this breed. A pocket pit can weigh in at 35 pounds, while its larger counterpart can come in a beefy 70 pounds. On average, a healthy pit bull requires 1100 calories per day. An incredibly active one may need 1700 calories. Older dogs who are much less active may only need 875 calories per day.
Our Staffy is extremely high energy and usually starts his day with a run on his Tuff Mutt Hands-Free Leash or a biking expedition on his Bike Tow Leash, so we feed him more than a dog who is not getting this much activity. During the winter, when he has less opportunity for activity and we see his weigh start to climb, we feed him less.

Three Things To Watch Out For When It Comes To Feeding Your Pit Bull


1. Overeating: Feed Two Times Per Day

The Pit Bull breed is known for its insatiable appetite. If you leave your pit to free-feed (keeping food in the bowl and leaving it out all the time), chances are your pooch will revel in this endless buffet. Not only can this lead to obesity, taking you down a path toward many future troubles, but it can cause bloating leading to a condition known as gastric torsion. When a dog woofs down all its food without chewing, it can result in a quick build-up of gas. The stomach can twist, preventing the gas from being released, and the dog will continue to bloat. This problem requires immediate veterinary attention.
It’s best to feed your dog two times a day and leave the bowl out for 30 minutes each time. If your dog is like ours, the food will be gone in about a minute and a half. To help with digestion, avoid rigorous activity for 30 minutes after eating.

2. Allergies

Our vet told us that bull terriers are a highly allergic breed, and we have had two major episodes of full body hive outbreaks, the source of which we’ve never been able to determine. If you start your dog on a new food and suspect an allergic reaction, it’s best to take your dog for a consultation with your veterinarian. Watch for excessive licking, scratching, rashes and hives. Stomach sensitivity can also present with loose stools and nausea. Just as we can develop allergies or food sensitivities later in life to a food we have always enjoyed, so can they, so just file that away in the back of your mind for future reference. Check your dog food’s top 5 ingredients for bone meal, meat by-products, soy, wheat, or eggs as these are common irritants for many dogs.

3. Food Composition

The Association of American Feed Control Officiants (AAFCO) recommends at least of 18% protein for maintenance in adult dogs and at least 5% fat. But because bullies are such a muscular and often high-activity breed, you may want to look for one with a protein content upwards of 25%.
The most important thing is to look for high-quality protein. You’re looking for real meat as the first ingredients, not meal or by-products. We all need protein to build and repair muscle and other body tissues, form new skin cells, and grow hair. Protein assists in creating hormones and enzymes that are required for normal function. It provides energy and keeps the immune system strong.
Again, grains are not a great source of carbohydrates for bullies as they trend toward allergies. This is why we are now living in an era of many grain-free foods.

The Best Dog Foods for Pit Bulls

1. Merrick Grain Free


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The #1 ingredient in all Merrick’s Grain-Free foods is high-quality deboned meat. They supplement with industry-leading levels of Omega 3 & 6 to promote healthy skin and coat, and also add glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy hips and joints. Their foods are cooked in the USA one batch at a time and contain no by-products, artificial preservatives, corn, wheat, soy or gluten ingredients.
We first started on Merrick Grain Free Texas Beef and Sweet Potato when we were going through a second round of training with our furry friend at about 2 years old. Our trainer, formerly an expert dog trainer for the U.S. Army, highly recommended this food because of the quality to value ratio. He just felt like for the money you’re spending, it doesn’t get better than this. I can’t remember what we were feeding Buddy before, but once we started him on this food he became obsessed with meal time. After more than a year, he is just as crazy about this food as the day I first poured it into his bowl. I also like that the kibble size is relatively small for dogs that tend to swallow food whole. If you have a dog with major allergies, check out their Limited Ingredient options. This food is our top choice.

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This food also has high-quality protein as its first ingredient. It is free from corn, wheat, and filler, and contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They supplement with vitamins and minerals and Omega 3 & 6. Taste of the Wild also adds doggie probiotics, their own Proprietary K9 Strain, developed specifically for dogs and added after the cooking process to make sure that they survive and thrive in the GI tract. They also add dried chicory root as a source of prebiotic fiber. This food is also made in the USA.


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These grain-free recipes start with high-quality deboned meat. They also add essential vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 & 6, and probiotics to help with digestion. Made in the USA, Wellness foods contain no wheat, corn, soy, meat by-products, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

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If your dog is highly allergic, a limited ingredient food may be the way to go. Unique to this brand is Blue Buffalo’s exclusive LifeSource Bits, containing a precise blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which are cold-formed. This means that they cut the amount of heat exposure to these bits to prevent the important nutrients from being destroyed in the manufacturing process. This food is comprised of high-quality protein, easily digested carbohydrates, a healthy blend of vitamins and minerals, and Omega 3 & 6. They use no poultry by-product meals, no corn, wheat, soy, dairy, or eggs, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

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These limited ingredient formulas are made with 7-10 recognizable key ingredients, plus all the vitamins and minerals your dog needs. Even if your dog doesn’t have sensitivities or allergies, owners report that their dogs still love the great taste. High-quality protein is always the first ingredient, and these foods never contain any corn, wheat, or soy.


We know you want to keep your bully healthy from the inside out. Any of these choices will give your pup a healthy base for a happy life.

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