What to feed a Mastiff

As you may know, each breed of dog has its own unique set of nutritional requirements.

Their unique set of nutritional requirements have been passed on from generation to generation just like the breed's unique coat, body size and temperament. We have found that we can not change the genetic makeup of the animals we are feeding just by exposing them to a different diet for a small amount of time. Therefore, I suggest that Mastiff owners try to feed their present companion pets with foods that contain what this breed requires. The food should contain: (#1) nutrient sources that are similar to those found in the native environment of the breed's ancestors (sources which are not foreign to the digestive and glandular systems of today's Mastiff and which are easy for them to assimilate) and (#2) the proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that match the breed specific nutritional requirements - those which have been passed on by their ancestors.

Pet owners who feed their companion pets correctly can save a lot of money. Many dogs are taken to the vet, suffering from nutritionally related problems, and the vet bills can be huge. i.e. dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, yeast infections in the ear, thyroid - liver - kidney problems, just to name a few, cost the average dog owner hundreds of dollars every year. That is why I recommend that pet owners learn about the nutritional needs of the animal they are feeding before deciding on one of the many foods which are now available. When we first learn what our companion pet needs and then choose a diet that is correct for the animal being fed, it is a win-win situation: the dogs are healthier and the owners save money.

I personally believe that the best diet for a Mastiff is one that the owner makes fresh, using quality ingredients, without preservatives. It only takes about one to two hours a week to cook for a Mastiff so that both #1 & #2 are met and preparing home cooked meals for a dog can be less expensive than buying the average all-breed, any-breed commercial pet food. I hope that you will consider using this option to feed your companion pets correctly.

In my books (published in 1990 and 1997) on breed specific canine nutrition, I listed food sources to use and food sources to avoid when feeding a Mastiff. The idea was to provide pet owners (both those who wanted to cook for their companion pets or those who wanted to buy an all-breed/any-breed preservative filled food for their pets) information about food sources to use or avoid. So that you can have that same information, below is the text from the page 5 that is in one of my recent books on canine nutrition.

________ text from page 5 in book THE BEST DIET FOR AN ENGLISH MASTIFF ________

ENGLISH MASTIFF
Weight Standards: m - average 180 lbs., f - average 170 lbs.
Height Standards: m - over 30 inches, f - over 27.5 inches
Coat: short, dense in texture, colors of fawn, brindle or apricot
Common Ailments: dysplasia, bloat, hot spots

The English Mastiff developed in Great Britain prior to the Roman invasion in 55 B.C.. When the Romans invaded England, they were introduced to an impressively courageous and loyal dog. They brought selective breeding stock back to Italy, which in turn became known as the Neapolitan Mastiff. When first introduced into Italy, an English Mastiff was used in the Roman Circus to fight lions and bears. There is one story that tells of a single English Mastiff fighting a bull elephant, AND WINNING!

There are three different dog breeds that are called "a Mastiff." Each one is very different in many ways from the other two. i.e. the English Mastiff and Neapolitan Mastiff each have unique nutritional requirements and both are nutritionally different from a Tibetan Mastiff, a breed first appearing in Chinese literature around 1121 BC. Native food supplies for the English Mastiff would have been venison, cattle, wheat, oats, and high carbohydrate sugar beets,potato and a "rye" form of grain. The Neapolitan Mastiff was exposed to more vegetable oils developed with an exposure to high carbohydrate foods from wheat pasta and brown rice sources. The Tibetan Mastiff was never exposed to potato and requires the complex carbohydrates in the diet to come from a form of white rice.

For the English Mastiff I recommend a diet that provides the meat protein from beef with a very high fiber content from barley, whole oats, and rye. The main carbohydrate source should be from potato (different from the Neapolitan - does better on a wheat pasta base, and Tibetan -which does better on white rice). The recipes in this book contain a blend of beef, potato, barley, rye and oat because this blend has been determined to be the best blend for an English Mastiff. You should avoid feeding any food that contains lamb, fish or soy or any minerals that are from sulfate sources to an English Mastiff.

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At this web site I have already documented how it has been PROVEN that one breed can require ten times what a different breed requires - PER KILOGRAM OF BODY WEIGHT - of fat soluble vitamin "D" and thus a product formulated for the breed with the higher requirements would be toxic to the breed with lower requirements.

I am also providing you with information about which sources of vitamins and minerals are best for an English Mastiff because it has also been proven that different breeds will assimilate different sources of vitamins and minerals in different ways. i.e. There are over 170 different molecular forms of the mineral "calcium." The source of the mineral calcium that an English Mastiff can easily assimilate can be hard for a different breed to assimilate and thus that other breed can develop kidney stones on the best source of calcium for an English Mastiff. The reverse of this is also true. Below you will find a list of the best sources of vitamins and minerals for the dietary requirements of an English Mastiff. The balance or amounts are not listed because each individual animal can have different requirements depending on: the sex of the animal; the age (a puppy will have different needs than an adolescent, who even though it may be the same size as an adult will have different requirements than an adult); the activity level (if a dog is very active the dog will need more of the B complex than a couch potato of the same breed); stress levels; medical conditions; and other dietary factors (i.e. does the water supply contain high amounts of minerals). There are many factors come into play when considering the proper amount of each nutrient in an individual dogs diet.

PLEASE NOTE: Some breeds, because of their breed specific set of nutritional requirements, should have very low amounts of some vitamins or minerals in their diet. The amount that some breeds require may have already been exceeded by the amount that is in most all-breed/any-breed commercial foods (i.e. copper - Bedlington Terrier or zinc - Siberian Husky). This is another reason that I have not listed any amounts here - I do not want dog owners to supplement what may already be TOO MUCH in an all breed food with additional vitamins or minerals just because I listed an amount here. The list below is for SOURCE information only.

________ the best vitamin and mineral sources to feed a Mastiff________

Vitamin & Best Source
Vitamin A Beta Carotene
Vitamin B-1 Thiamine Mononitrate & Yeast
Vitamin B-2 Riboflavin & Yeast
Vitamin B-6 Pyridoxine Hcl & Yeast
Vitamin B-12 Cyanocobalamin & Yeast
Vitamin D D-activated Sterol
Vitamin E dl-alpha tocopherol acetate
Niacinamide
Biotin
Folic Acid
d-Calcium Pantothenate
Para Amino Benzoic Acid

Mineral & Best Source
Calcium Oyster Shell & Di-Cal Phos
Copper Gluconate
Iodine Sea Kelp
Iron Ferrous Fumerate
Magnesium Magnesium-Gluconate
Manganese Manganese-Gluconate
Phosphorus Oyster Shell & Di-Cal Phos
Potassium Potassium-Gluconate
Zinc Zinc-Gluconate

Please do not feed this breed of dog any supplemental vitamin C (ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate or ascorbal palmitate) because of the kidney and liver damage it can do (see article at this web site).

__________________________end of list of best vitamin/mineral sources __________________________

Please Note: I have received many E-mails from dog owners asking if the book that is now available in book stores contains recipes or supplement charts for the average puppy, adolescent, adult or geriatric English Mastiff. It does not. It only contains one recipe and that recipe is there to show how a pet owner can take the ingredients listed on a bag of grocery store dog food and make the food cheaper, from fresh whole sources and without any harmful preservatives. I do not recommend that recipe for any one specific breed of dog (especially an English Mastiff).

I have written all-breed books showing how 152 different breeds of dogs are different NUTRITIONALLY and I am now writing a series of breed specific books which will have recipes and supplement charts based on the nutritional requirements of each specific breed of dog.

The good news is that the breed specific book THE BEST DIET FOR AN ENGLISH MASTIFF is finished!

The book has the following chapters:
Chapter 1
HOW THE ENGLISH MASTIFF DEVELOPED THEIR UNIQUE SET OF NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

Chapter 2
RELEVANT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH MASTIFF

Chapter 3
INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONS OF THE VITAMINS & MINERALS IN THE DIET OF AN ENGLISH MASTIFF

Chapter 4
NUTRITIONAL TEAMWORK

Chapter 5
WHY AN ENGLISH MASTIFF NEEDS A SPECIAL BALANCE OF AMINO ACIDS IN ITS PROTEIN

Chapter 6
FAT CARBOHYDRATES AND FATTY ACIDS IN THE ENGLISH MASTIFF'S DIET

Chapter 7
CONTROLLING AN ENGLISH MASTIFF'S WEIGHT WITH DIET AND EXERCISE

Chapter 8
NUTRIENTS "GOOD FOR A HUMAN" THAT CAN HARM AN ENGLISH MASTIFF

Chapter 9
LIFE CYCLE CHANGES THAT CHANGE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF AN ENGLISH MASTIFF

Chapter 10
A HOME HEALTH CHECK FOR SYMPTOMS OF NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS

Chapter 11
RECIPES AND SUPPLEMENT CHARTS SO YOU CAN PREPARE HOME COOKED MEALS FOR AN ENGLISH MASTIFF

Chapter 11 contains RECIPE AND SUPPLEMENT CHARTS FOR:
An English Mastiff Puppy
up to 4 months of age

A Young Adolescent Female English Mastiff
for a Bitch from 4 months to 12 months of age

A Young Adolescent Male English Mastiff
for a Dog from 4 months to 16 months of age

An Older Adolescent Female English Mastiff
for a Bitch from 12 months to 36 months of age

An Older Adolescent Male English Mastiff
for a Dog from 16 months to 40 months of age

For an Adult Female English Mastiff
Should be used for an adult female from age 36 months to 15 years living as a typical house pet & Companion Animal

For an Adult Male English Mastiff
Should be used for a Dog from age 40 months to 14 years living as a typical house pet & Companion Animal

The Geriatric English Mastiff
Can be used for either a Dog or Bitch after they are past the age recommended for the recipe used to provide the appropriate Adult Maintenance Diet

For a Pregnant and Lactating English Mastiff Bitch
for a pregnant and lactating Bitch from the start of her third trimester of pregnancy through the end of lactation

The book THE BEST DIET FOR AN ENGLISH MASTIFF sells for $30.00 (including postage).

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If you have any questions about the book, please E-mail them to me before ordering at wdcusick@wdcusick.com or if you would like to see some testimonials from dog owners who have ordered a copy of my book so they could feed their companion CORRECTLY see: TESTIMONIALS

If you have a Mastiff with a medical condition which would dictate the need for a special diet I can also formulate an easy to cook CUSTOM RECIPE for that specific dog. I charge a nominal fee for these since I spend 4-5 hours working with the information you provide to formulate a custom recipe packet. My custom recipe packets are individualized and go well beyond the dog's breed requirements. In a custom Recipe Packet I formulate the packet using the specific animal's MEDICAL HISTORY, LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND MORE (see form below).

To have me prepare a custom recipe and supplement chart for a dog I need the following information:

  • The breed of dog:
  • The sex:
  • The age:
  • The weight:
  • The activity level:
  • The source of water:
  • Information about the dog's living environment:
  • Information about the dog's medical history:

    Please be specific since all these can factor into the nutritional requirements of a dog. I ask that you send me as much information as possible to work with and please be patient, the average turn around time (from the time I receive what I need to formulate a custom recipe, to the time the packet is ready to be E-mailed to you) is 7 to 14 days. I formulate these recipes based on the needs of the animal that will be eating the food and do these recipes one at a time, based on the information you provide about the animal that will be eating the food.

    If you want me to formulate a custom recipe packet for your companion, please E-mail the information about your companion to me.

    For each recipe packet you are ordering (includes both a custom recipe and supplement chart for one dog) the fee is $100.00 in US dollars.

    Click On Button To Pay For A Custom Recipe Packet

    After I have both the information and the payment the recipe packet will be formulated and E-mailed to you within 5-7 days (m-f).


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