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    Default Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    Hi all, im considering putting my 9 week old pup on the BARF diet, would this result in a more muscular / lean dog as opposed to the food he is currently eating?

    I can feed him a BARF diet for roughly the same price. The cost for 20 kg of minced chicken with 15% bone is £25 delivered to my home. Here is the nutritional info on what he is eating now -

    CSJ Specialist Natural Puppy Food (15kg sack) £22
    Made from a minimum 36% real chicken, CSJ Puppy contains only natural, high quality ingredients.

    This feed is specially formulated to meet your puppy's nutritional needs. It is tasty and easy to feed - it can be soaked with warm water for introduction as a weaning food from about 3 weeks of age or fed dry to older pups.

    CSJ Puppy is also a suitable feed for whelping bitches.


    Composition

    Chicken Meal, Wheat, Maize, Chicken Fat, Prairie Meal, Rice, Salmon Oil, Unmolassed Beet Pulp, Full Fat Linseed, Salt, Yeast, Potassium Chloride

    Analytical Constituents

    Protein 28%
    Oil 14%
    Fibre 2%
    Ash 6%

    Additives

    Natural antioxidants

    Nutritional Additives

    Vitamin A/E672 16,800iu/kg
    Vitamin D/E671 1,570iu/kg
    Vitamin E/3a700 235mg/kg
    Iron Sulphate Monohydrate 75mg/kg
    Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 30mg/kg
    Manganous Oxide 70mg/kg
    Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 365mg/kg
    Sodium Selenite 0.5mg/kg

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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    I don't think it necessarily does. My dog is very muscular and lean and he is on a kibble diet. I think genetics play a role too. Here is a pic of him at 9 months and 11 months.

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    Default Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    I think it is all in the genes - you cant make dog muscular (bullies are not really as muscular as other breeds tho) if his/hers parents weren't .
    Obviously diet and exercise is also important
    My sporting pits were feed high quality kibble and i didn't see much difference vs other way of feeding with my babies competitors
    I never attempt barf feeding so i cannot give an advice regarding feeding
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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    This is reassuring to know, like everyone i just want whats best for my boy.
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    Default Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    As you can see they aren't overly muscular ;-)
    Ps we are not allowed to post kennel /breeder names/links here x
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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    HMMM it does get a little confusing as to what you can post on here. i will remove now. Thanks for sharing the info

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    I think its a bit like advertising ,they are few great breeders on here too and they don't advertise neither ;-) you will get used to it x
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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    I wouldn't say it makes them muscular but Tank definitely got more lean when we started feeding him a raw diet. He was on kibble when we got him. I'll see if I can find some photos of then and now so you can see how his body changed.

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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    When we first got him:
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    On the raw diet:
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    This photo is out of focus but he is sitting in a similar position to the first photo but on the raw diet in this photo:
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    Every dog is totally different but like I said, I noticed he got much more lean on raw

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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    An unequivocal yes on the "leaner" result with whole foods.
    I don't call it just "raw" because you can feed whole food mixes to dogs that isn't raw.
    Baxter did terribly on raw. He wasted away, and was not at all healthy. Lots of digestion issues, and elevated liver enzymes.
    I just felt more comfortable with a cooked version of the whole foods. So I got some of that instead and he's doing amazing now.
    I went to a bulldog meetup and it was scary how insanely obese all the dogs were. And they were all on kibble.
    Its general knowledge that kibble is full of fillers and heavy on carbs, so this would explain why.
    Conversely, I feel baxter is a little too thin, becuase when you go on whole foods, its mostly protein, and almost zero carbs.
    So I am still working out how im going to handle this. I may very well mix the whole foods with some safe and healthy kibble (if such a thing exists - a lot of people tell me thats a misnomer).

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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    It also depends how much kibble you are actually feeding too -different brands require different amounts -there isnt "one for all" guidance -also its a bit of a hit and miss when feeding as it is combined with how much of daily exercise you bully have -then you adjust feeding accordingly
    I cant say all bullies that are feed kibble are obese -it all comes down to how much you are feeding them
    I also tend to check all the time my girls general look (mainly from the top and by feeling their spine and ribcage)
    This is a guide that im using ,bare in mind bullies are build a bit different
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    Default Re: Does feeding a BARF produce a more muscular dog compared to kibble?

    Food alone don't make you muscular, but it can make you fat, the same with bullys. Food can make you sick and it can make you healthier, the same with bullys.
    The compostiton of the food that you're feeding could be much better, but it is better than feeding your puppy chicken alone.

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