Border Collies are known to have a tremendous amount of energy and for good reason, they are herding dogs. Many times this means they will need to eat more and require a bit more protein than other dogs.
They are extremely intelligent, athletic, and easy to train but their nutritional needs are more similar than different from other dog breeds however, there are some things you may want to keep in mind when feeding your Border Collie.
Border Collie Nutrition
1. Adequate Protein
Border Collies need adequate protein since they are high-energy dog and require a lot of physical exercise, sometimes more than many other breeds.
Protein is used in the body to build muscles and organs so ensuring your Border Collie has enough protein is critical.
However, it should be noted that they do not have an excess of protein and as with other dogs their need for protein will most likely decrease as they get older.
2. Fat and Carbohydrates
Fats and carbohydrates are broken down and used for energy which as stated before your Border Collie has a lot of so it is imperative that they get enough of both
If your Border Collie is very active you should ensure they always have adequate water freely available.
4 Tips for ensuring your Border Collie is getting the nutrients they need
1. Keep an eye on their weight
Ensure your Border Collie is not getting too large or small to determine if you should increase or decrease their food intake.
2. Feed a high-quality diet
While there are some companies that have breed-specific diets this may not be necessary. You can just be sure that they are getting a high-quality food
3. Give water freely
After potty training, your Border Collie should have free access to water, especially if they are highly active
4. Speak with your vet
Speak with your vet prior to changing the food and check your dog’s blood work especially if they are on a high-protein diet to monitor their kidneys