Lovingly nicknamed the “American Gentleman,” the Boston Terrier is a small-breed dog developed in the United States and they have remained popular since their creation.
The Boston Terrier is known for his black-and-white coat as well as his big, pointed ears. These dogs are friendly and energetic, and they get along with just about everyone, including children and other pets. This breed makes a wonderful companion pet because he is very affectionate, apartment-friendly, and has a low-maintenance coat.
Understanding A Boston Terrier’s Diet Requirements
The Boston Terrier is a small-breed dog which means that he has a fast metabolism with high needs for energy. Fat is the most concentrated source of energy available to dogs, providing 9 calories per gram versus 4 calories per gram for protein. Most dogs need an average of 30 calories per pound of body weight per day, but small and active breeds like the Boston Terrier may need as much as 40 calories per pound of body weight over the course of the day.
Though fat is the main source of energy for your dog, he also needs plenty of protein in his diet. Protein is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of healthy muscle. This nutrient is best from animal sources (so is fat) because your dog’s body is better able to digest animal products than plant products. Things like meat, poultry, and fish are the best sources of protein for your dog.
- Puppy Boston Terriers – When your Boston Terrier is a puppy, he will grow very fast so he needs a calorie- and protein-dense diet to support his growth and development. Your puppy needs at least 22% protein and 8% fat, so choose a high-quality small-breed puppy diet for him to eat.
- Adult Boston Terriers – Once your dog reaches fully size, or around 8 to 12 months of age, you can switch to an adult small-breed recipe that provides at least 18% protein and 5% fat. Higher protein is better to maintain lean muscle mass but be careful of going too high in fat because this breed is prone to obesity with overfeeding.
- Senior Boston Terriers – As your Boston Terrier gets older, his metabolism may slow down so you might reduce his daily portion or switch to a small-breed senior recipe. With a lifespan of 11 to 13 years, your dog will reach senior status around 7 to 8 years.
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Chicken and Rice
First Five Listed Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, grain sorghum.
A small-kibble sized formula with chicken and chicken meal protein fortified with healthy grains (quinoa rice and barley), vegetables (kale, pumpkin spinach and carrots), fruits (papaya, blueberries, and oranges), vitamins and minerals.
Chicken is listed as the first ingredient which delivers the protein your Boston Terrier needs for cell growth, maintenance and repair. It also contains probiotics to help with digestion. We also like the addition of flaxseed, eggs and chia seeds.
Instinct Be Natural Real Chicken & Brown Rice
First Five Listed Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Barley.
A delicious formula with chicken as the first listed ingredient followed by chicken meal. It addition, this recipe contains other protein sources including turkey meal, menhadden fish meal, freeze dried chicken liver and chicken heart.
Aside from being rich in protein, this recipe contains healthy wholesome grains that are easy to digest and contains no fillers, artificial colors or preservatives. The rest of the ingredients are made up of fruits, veggies, added omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and prebiotics.
We also love that they coat the kibble with the juice from the freeze drying process, so it’s highly palatable even for the pickiest of dogs.
American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Grain-Free
First Five Listed Ingredients: Deboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Sweet Potatoes.
Boston Terriers tend to be a little gassy (or in some cases a lot). In order to keep their digestive system healthier, and your home a little sweeter smelling, a grain free food like this recipe can be a great choice.
Salmon is the first listed ingredient and offers a very high quality source of protein to help keep your pup’s bodily systems strong and healthy and promote brain health and healthy coat and skin. It’s palatable, uses plenty of good proteins and veggies and is the most affordable option on our list.
This grain-free and gluten-free diet also reduces the risk of food allergies and is free from soy, wheat or corn. In addition to sweet potato the formula includes blueberries, a great source of antioxidants, and flaxseed, that provides optimum omega fatty acids ratio.
Purina Pro Plan Adult Small Breed Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice
First Five Listed Ingredients: Chicken, rice, poultry by-product meal, beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, corn gluten meal.
Chicken is listed as the first ingredient, a rich source of protein. Protein is essential for the maintenance of fur and hair which alone can use up to 30% of a dog’s daily protein intake.
The rest of the formula is made of other rich proteins (poultry by-product meals, fish meal), eggs, fiber (rice, corn, gluten meal etc.), vitamins and minerals.
Taste of the Wild Ancient Prairie Canine Recipe
Grain-inclusive dog food advocated by groups, vets and trainers containing roasted bison and roasted venison and fortified with vitamins and minerals. Nutrient dense and packed with plenty of quality proteins!
To boost the vitamin and mineral content the formula also features tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries – all great sources of powerful antioxidants – as well as a proprietary probiotic supplement designed to help increase doggy gut health. The addition of chicory root also reduces risk of worms in your Boston Terrier.