Choosing the Best Skye Terrier Dog Food

A Skye Terrier can be a very active dog or a couch potato. The breed originated from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, as a hunter of predators, such as badgers and foxes. Blue, gray, black, fawn, cream or platinum, the breed averages 9.5 inches tall with a short, woolly, soft undercoat and a hard, flat, straight outer coat with a long, well-feathered tail.

Reserved and calm, a Skye Terrier usually picks one individual to bond with. An individual does not require much exercise, making him an ideal urban home dog. He is faithful and loyal, but headstrong, meaning that training requires persistence and consistency

A Dog's Nutritional Requirements

Since a Skye Terrier does not need much exercise, it is important to measure the amount of food being given so that he does not become overweight. Only 1 and 3/8 to 1 and 7/8 cups of high-quality dog food, divided between two meals, will be sufficient in sustaining the proper nutrition for your dog’s needs. Obviously, the amount of dog food required depends upon the age, build, metabolism rate, size and activity level of each individual dog. Using a high-quality dog food ensures the proper nutrition requirements are met, means less quantity of food is needed and less waste is produced.

Leaving food out all day can result in an overweight dog. With this breed, you should see a waist. Using your hands, you should be able to feel but not see his ribs. Whatever food is left after 20 minutes should be gathered for use at a later feeding. Make it a habit to feed the dog at the same time every day in his bowl so that there is a pattern and he will learn that he must eat at feeding time only, using his own dog food bowl.

Read the Dog Food Labels

Reading dog food labels is especially important in order to ensure that the required nutrients are being fed to your dog. Ingredients are listed according to the amount included in the dog food in descending order. Meats, such as chicken, beef, lamb, turkey and fish, should be listed first by name, not as “meat”.

Meat by-products are not meats, but rather the parts of the animals that have no nutritional value to them and that most people do not eat, such as beaks and feet. High-quality dairy products, such as eggs, should be listed next. Grains, such as corn and cereal, are present in dog food as a filler; therefore, they should be listed toward the end of the list.

Labels, such as natural or premium, have no clear-cut definition and so should not be considered in the equation.

Are Vitamins and Supplements Necessary?

As long as you are feeding your dog a well balance, high-quality dog food, vitamins and supplements are not necessary. Vitamins and supplements are only necessary if your dog has certain nutritional or medical needs and a veterinarian has prescribed them. Ask the veterinarian for suggestions as to what types and brands are quality products.