As a giant breed, English Mastiff puppies need good nutrition to aid proper growth. The early years of a dog's life contribute significantly to its health in adulthood, including the risk of developing diseases.
Overfeeding mastiffs stands as one of the most common mistakes by owners. Feeding a puppy a large amount of food does not make it grow bigger but can instead hurt the dog, as obesity leads to hip dysplasia and joint problems. A mastiff of ideal weight should show a visible outline of the last two ribs when standing. Owners should adjust feeding amounts by half a cup and observe changes to achieve this.
Regular puppy food contains too much fat and protein for mastiffs. High-quality formulas designed for the needs of giant breed puppies include Holistic Select, Solid Gold Wolf Cub, Innova and Wellness.
Mastiffs have a risk of becoming bloating that, if left untreated, can kill them. Feeding puppies frequently can help to avoid this in adulthood. According to i-tails, a website specializing in the health of giant breeds, puppies aged seven weeks to three months should eat three to four times a day, and three times a day until four months old.