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Do You Have a Picky Eater in Your House? Which Breeds are Most Difficult to Feed?

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If you have a picky eater in your house, it can get a bit frustrating.  Dog breeds with more sensitive stomachs can be even harder to feed.  If you give your dog the wrong food for his breed, he might develop serious health problems or allergies.

How do you know what type of best dog food for your pup?   Check out this list of 20 picky eaters that are hard to feed and learn about their unique dietary needs!

1) Chow Chow



The Chow Chow is one of the oldest Chinese breeds, which makes sense because these dogs love their veggies! Nutritionists recommend feeding them cooked carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Some chow chows can eat apples and pears as well.

MUST KNOW:  The Chow Chow is a very stubborn breed and will refuse to eat anything that they don't like. It's important to introduce new foods early on so that they aren't snubbing their nose at the lunch bowl every day!

2) Greyhounds



Greyhounds are famous for racing, but these dogs actually have quite the appetite once they retire from the track! Though lean by nature, greyhounds need a healthy diet with plenty of protein and fat in order to stay fit.

MUST KNOW: These dogs can get bored easily if they don't have enough to do and might develop some bad habits like chewing on furniture or digging at the carpet.

3) Shar-Pei



The Shar-Pei is a mixed breed of Chinese origin with a wrinkly, bulldog-like face. While this dog's adorable looks make him a popular house pet, he has trouble digesting some common ingredients in commercial dog food and needs quite a bit of meat and fat in his diet.

MUST KNOW:  Though some owners believe that giving their shar pei table scraps will spoil them, it actually causes malnutrition and health problems down the line. Try cooking him lean meats with non-fatty vegetables or rice for a well-balanced meal.

4) Basenji



The Basenji is known as Africa's "barkless" dog because rather than yapping, he lets out a high-pitched yodel whenever he wants something! This breed can be very stubborn and is also sensitive to certain elements in its food, especially soy.

MUST KNOW:  Like many other breeds on our list, the Basenji needs meat to stay healthy - about three-quarters of his diet should consist of raw ground beef or chicken (with bones). Cooked carrots and sweet potatoes are also good choices for this pup.

5) Dachshunds



A wiener dog actually needs some real meat in its diet! These guys squirrel away extra calories, so it's important that you don't overfeed them - one cup of dry kibble per day should be enough.

MUST KNOW:  Though their short legs lead to health problems later on in life, dachshunds are fairly healthy pups at a young age. Just remember not to overfeed them if you don't want your dog to develop diabetes or become obese.

6) American Staffordshire Terriers



With their sweet faces and stocky builds, the AmStaff is one of America's most popular dogs! These guys need high-quality food with lean meat, lots of vegetables, and plenty of water. Be careful not to give them too much fat (for example, avoid feeding them fatty cuts like bacon).

MUST KNOW:  This bred was used for fighting long ago - these dogs can get pretty aggressive when left alone for too long without something new to do. It's important to give your American Staffordshire Terrier plenty of toys and games to play with his family!

7) Standard Poodles



Don't be fooled by the poodle's prim and proper look - he needs a variety of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in his diet just like any other dog. Keep an eye out for food allergies as well as obesity-related problems like arthritis later on in life.  

MUST KNOW: Poodles come from Germany (although they were originally French!). Still, wondering if your poodle is happy? They make happy sounds when they're contented called "lurves"!

8) Welsh Corgis



The Corgi breed is made up of two types: Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Cardigans are a bit bigger, but both breeds need a diet with lots of meat to stay fit!

MUST KNOW:  Corgis were originally used for herding cattle in Wales, so if you plan on keeping one as a pet it's important to give him something to do. Regular walks will help this breed build muscle and burn off extra calories!

9) Toy Poodles



Toy poodles can be quite tiny (the smallest breed of dog is actually the Chihuahua), but that doesn't mean they don't need any protein or fat in their diet! Your toy poodle needs lean meat like chicken - no fatty cuts like bacon!

MUST KNOW:  Poodles are highly intelligent dogs that love to please their owners. They're famous for being circus performers (they were trained to jump through hoops back in the day!). Poodles also need lots of training and socialization when they're young - they can become aggressive towards other dogs without proper guidance.

10) Siberian Huskies



Huskies need a diet with plenty of meat, so it's important to give your dog some lean cuts like chicken or turkey! A half-cup of dog food per 6 lbs. should do the trick. 

MUST KNOW:  Don't let his wolf-like face fool you - this breed loves just as much as he loves a good cuddle. Huskies are also extremely energetic and must be kept active, even as a puppy! Failure to give this breed enough exercise can cause behavior problems like aggression and depression.

11) Pomeranians



Poms need the same high-quality dog food as all other breeds (with lean meat that's free of preservatives). Remember not to overfeed them - obesity isn't good for any pup! About half a cup of kibble per day should do it.

MUST KNOW:  These guys love to make happy sounds (called "chirps"), and they usually bark when they're nervous or excited about something new. If you're looking for an interactive breed, then the Pomeranian is perfect for you!

12) Miniature Schnauzers



A diet high in protein and low in carbs is best for your mini schnauzer! Most dogs love their kibble, but if your dog isn't interested at first, try adding some wet food to his meal or change her brand of dog food.

MUST KNOW:  Miniature Schnauzers are very intelligent and need lots of mental stimulation if they're going to behave properly around the house. These pooches also have very active minds - they'll love interactive games like tug-a-war!

13) Pugs



Pugs are so cute it's no wonder everyone loves this breed! Playful pups with faces need a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. If you're feeding wet food to your pup, don't give her more than two cups per day.

MUST KNOW:  Pugs are known for snoring! That's because their flat muzzles have a lot of excess skin that can cause breathing problems. These little guys need some extra oxygen during the night so keep him on an elevated surface like a dog bed or pillow (not the couch!).

14) Great Danes



Great Danes are definitely not lap dogs - these pooches were bred to hunt boar meat in ancient times! A diet with high protein and low-calorie intake is best for this breed. Don't forget about regular exercise too!

MUST KNOW:  Great Danes are the tallest breed of dog - a fully grown male can reach up to 7 ft. tall! Growing pups need high-quality food packed with tons of nutrients, but they might also have sensitive stomachs that need special attention from mom and dad.

15) Mastiffs



Big dogs with big appetites need a diet with lots of meat - choose your pup's food carefully because some large breeds, like mastiffs, can be susceptible to bloat (a life-threatening condition where gas becomes trapped in the stomach). Do not let your pooch drink too much water before or after eating either! About half a cup per day should do it. Also please note that all large breeds are at risk for hip dysplasia - make sure his dog food has added glucosamine to keep him healthy.

MUST KNOW:  There are three types of mastiffs, but the best known is definitely the English Mastiff! Don't let their imposing size fool you - these gentle giants are incredibly affectionate and protective. They also drool more than any other breed (sorry!).

16) Shih Tzu



Shih Tzus have long hair around their muzzles that needs to be trimmed every so often - it's important to check these pooches regularly so they don't lick or tear at their fur. Also remember that this breed sheds a lot, so regular brushings are necessary if you're looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

MUST KNOW:  Shih Tzus are like Pomeranians in that they're extremely playful and bouncy! Plus, their curly coats require special attention during bath time; it's best to use a shampoo made for dogs with long hair.

17) Labrador Retrievers



Buddy doesn't eat the same food as you? Well, you should know that Labradors need protein-heavy meals even when they're pups! These pooches also love snacks so give them treats whenever possible! Some other fun facts about your labrador - he's super intelligent, super energetic, and he loves water ... just remember not to take him out in cold or leave him outside for too long!

MUST KNOW:  Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed in America, so it's no surprise that they're super friendly and super active. Make sure your dog gets enough exercise every day by throwing a ball or running around the yard - these pups love to burn off energy!

18) Australian Shepherds



Australian Shepherds need protein-heavy meals, but they're also prone to putting on weight easily. Just like other breeds, they can suffer from bloat (a life-threatening condition where gas becomes trapped in the stomach). They also need lots of exercises; make sure his collar fits properly or he might slip out of it!

MUST KNOW:  Aussies were originally bred to work, so they need at least an hour of physical activity every single day. That doesn't include walks - they'll love playing fetch or running around with their owner!

19) Beagles



Beagles are energetic and playful pooches that do best in homes with large yards; it's important to allow them time for exercise because this breed sometimes suffers from obesity (unfortunately, beagles also happen to love food). These dogs were originally bred to hunt rabbits, so don't leave any small furry creatures like guinea pigs or rats out in the open!

MUST KNOW:  The name "beagle" comes from Old French words meaning "open throat" (these pups bark loud!). Despite their hunting background, beagles are very loving and super friendly!

20) Golden Retrievers



Golden retrievers don't just have a nice coat of fur - they're also known to drool a lot too. However, this is not a big problem because you can easily train them to stop making a mess around the house. Golden retrievers need plenty of exercise but also lots of love from their owner - make sure he doesn't get lonely!

MUST KNOW:  Golden retrievers were originally bred as hunting dogs, so they're great at fetching items over long distances. These pups are always ready to have fun, so be prepared to do lots of activities with your four-legged friend!


There you go - these picky pooches just might be perfect for you! Remember, they're only as picky as their owner lets them, so if you do things right, you'll have a companion that's loyal for life! Also, when taking care of a pup, it's important to know their diet and what they need for exercise so you can care for them properly!

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