I grew up in Santa Rosa, California which isn’t relevant to most topics of conversations save a few. One of these just happens to be Beagles. Why? Well, Santa Rosa was home to the late Charles Schulz, who created the Peanuts cartoons and the lovable character of Snoopy, everyone’s favorite Beagle. We had giant statues of Snoopy and those characters all around town.
Anyways, I don’t know if there was a direct link or not, but I grew up with a Beagle and eventually got one myself when I moved out- and growing up we had three other Beagles all on the same block as us. Anywho, growing up in what may have been Beagle Mecca meant you ran into quite a few breeders who are very opinionated about how to best take care of their breeds of dogs. Some of their advice was pretty goofy, but one of the things I did pick up on, and one that is hard to argue with, is what is the best food for beagles
Usually, you will purchase a Beagle once he or she has been duly cared for through the infancy and is capable of eating solid food. If not be sure to slowly wean them away from milk at weeks 4-6 with the same brand in order to avoid upsetting their stomach.
Beagles actually require more calories than a lot of other dogs their size, so avoiding foods with unnecessary fillers (empty ingredients that don’t help the dog) that are common in cheap dog food brands is even more necessary. Like other dogs, the best food for beagles is real meat, high in protein and fats – not by-products or rendered meat. You need to find a brand that guarantees a real healthy meat content. This will help your little Beagle buddies digestive system, energy levels, mood, skin and a whole slew of other health concerns.
Many breeders opt to create their own food since then they can be completely sure what the dogs are eating. While it is not necessary to do so, some good info on what your pupper should eat can come from looking at their ingredient mixes. A rough rule they go by is 35% meat or high protein fish, 25% veggies, and 25% starch (rice, potatoes, etc.).
Different foods will have a different calorie content of course, but you should aim to feed your beagle around 55 calories per lb. of bodyweight per day when they are young, and around 45 calories per pound as they age.
Strict eating times will allow your dog’s body to adapt and become used to a schedule. This will decrease hunger pangs eventually and will assist in potty training and avoid accidents in the house. One thing they always suggest, but I can never obey, is to not feed your dog from the table since it will ruin their appetite those puppy eyes melt my heart and get me every time though.