Breed Specific Dog Food

Given the fact that Crest has 13 different varieties of toothpaste for humans, in some strange way, it makes sense that Eukanuba would have dog foods formulated for specific breeds.

I went to Petsmart tonight assuming I’d return home with a couple of 40 lb. bags of Iams adult dog food for our 7 year old boxer pictured above. But as I was browsing the premium dog food isle I noticed a bag of “breed specific” food for the Labrador retriever from Eukanuba. I looked around a bit more and found a smaller bag for Yorkshire terriers. I thought to myself that it makes sense to make a food specific for Labs but Yorkies? The CEO of Eukanuba must own a few Yorkies.

As I was about to head over the Iams section, I noticed two bags on the floor with what looked like a picture of a boxer. I picked up one of the bags, and sure enough, it was food formulated for a boxer!

I loaded both bags into the cart, rounded up my two kids who were scaring the crap out of a chinchilla and headed to the cashier knowing that I’d fallen for the old market segmentation trick.

The $41 bag of Boxer dog food

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2 thoughts on “Breed Specific Dog Food

  1. Careful when buying into these “breed specific” foods.
    Remember to look into the foods that you’re feeding your pets. Think logically about what their NATURAL diet would have been, and compare it to the ingredients in the foods you’re providing them with.
    A lot of the common brands of foods are far too high in carbohydrates and way too low in protein. Make sure you check your grain content -vs- the meat content as well and ask yourself…

    “if my dog were Ferrel, would he/she rather catch a small mammal for dinner, or raid a wheat/cornfield.”

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  2. “Think logically about what their NATURAL diet would have been, and compare it to the ingredients in the foods you’re providing them with”

    Boxers, like many other breeds, have been bred as pets for so long that it makes no sense to feed her a small mammal. And I don’t live on a farm so the cornfield is out too. A good quality dog food is fine according to the vets I’ve consulted.

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