25 Best Foods for an Overweight Boxer

Does your Boxer have a few extra pounds they need to lose? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Boxer Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for an overweight Boxer? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.

Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your boxer’s diet, especially if they are overweight, and may have other related health issues. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

25 Best Dog Foods for a Boxer That Needs to Lose Weight
One of the ones my vet recommended was Purina Pro Plan Weight Management (chicken and rice). My boxer has lost from 95 to 87 pounds. I feed her twice a day. She gets a total of 3 cups of it and a total of about 2 tablespoons of wet food mixed with it. She’s pretty picky so I mix the wet with it. I also have cut way back on treats and she get a 1/4 pepperoni stick and 1 small marrow bone at bedtime.

Author: Dianne Gregory J.
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I had a dog that had to drop some pounds and I did the green bean diet. I did give small amounts of dry food. I also added a small amount of cottage cheese. He loved it and dropped his weight. Cases of green beans! My boxer eats 3 times a day. Dry food (Rachael Ray) I cook deer meat and mix in with it. She stays at a great weight. 8 years old.

Author: Jan G.
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Our 4 yr old female boxer has lost 12 lbs in a yr. We used purina healthy weight. One cup of dog food and A half can of peas, green beans. I rinse them to take off salt. I microwave sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, any veggie you want hunk of. She gets this in the morning and evenings

Author: Pam Lakatos M.
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We use Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight (yellow bag) for our Boxers! They like it and it is keeping their weight down.

Author: Maria F.
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Iams in the blue bag. I fed it to my boxer for 8 years.

Author: Kelly Tocio C.
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Did you try the Hills Science Perfect Weight dry dog food. My dog loves it. She really loves it with some cooked chicken or scrambled egg.

Author: Judy B.
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JustFoodForDogs Feed for the weight you want, not the weight they are, and for any recipe. Works wonders, they love the food, and you can really see the health benefits, like really see them.

Author: Laura N.
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Have you tried Beneful healthy weight? My oldest boxer has hypothyroidism and is on meds for it for the past 5 years. Poor guy weighs 72.5 lbs, and is only allowed 2.5 cups of food a day. I switched to the Beneful healthy weight and his weight has been stable and he doesn’t seem to be hungry. He’s 10.5 years old and is living a fairly sedate life so we really have to be careful.

Author: Marilyn T.
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I reduced feedings with normal food she was eating. I did this for 2 months. Every now and then I added a small amount of brown rice and peas. I also made cucumber water in the evening time. She lost 22 lbs and was still looking good, no more plumpness lol I couldn’t call her chunky
Author: Erica Gallegos Q.
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Boxer bellys can be tricky. Research the good ones and it’s just trial and error. IDK your budget, but they’re worth it. I found a good kibble mixed with chicken breast that I’d cook and then found veggies that she liked that I’d throw in the mix. She also loved tangerines and edamame as snacks. Be patient. It’ll take a lil time.
Author: Tara Ainslie M.
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Our Vet recommended Science Diet Light. She has lost a few pounds and kept it off. Her is 8 1/2 and not active. We give her a bit of cheese or meat so she will eat the food. What else can we do? Her isn’t active!

Author: Steve K.
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Cook rice, chicken and carrot. When it cooled down mix it with some of the vets recommended food . After a while slowly reduce the cooked ingredients . My dogs always liked it .
Author: Andrea P.
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My vet moved my boxer to Royal Canin satiety and she had no issues moving to it – I was worried as she could be fussy with her dry food but she’s happy. She lost the weight and is now on maintenance.

Author: Ruth G.
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Whole Hearted at petco! My girl is losing some weight on it and way better food then most!

Author: Dawn Falcon W.
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I feed my boxers Canidae lamb dry with a tablespoon of Instinct can mixed in in the morning. They are big boxers 90 lbs. They get one cup of the dry only at dinner. They walk twice a day and are in perfect shape. I’d just give them a good dog food and cut back on the amount. Purina dog food is crap. My dogs are 11 years old

Author: Karla P.
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I be always fed my boxers Pedigree my female made it to 11 and my boy is currently 9 and healthy just gotta make sure you portion their food

Author: Harold C.
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My boxers eat gentle giant and I melt a half cup of coconut oil mixed with a raw egg or chicken broth and put on top. Stir it all around or they knock all the dry food out trying to get the wetter.
Gentle Giant dog food is sold at chewy and delivered to your door. They donate proceeds to feed shelters. Good company and great dog food.

Author: Sheryl K.
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Nature’s domain from Costco is solid quality and good price for grain free. My boxer is going on 13 and only now started to have minor health issues. I also don’t keep table food from them, basically dog food is grain free cause I give then grain.

Author: Troy F.
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Mine has been on Orijen large breed puppy for his first 18 months and just switched to Orijen Amazing Grains Regional Red. He’s maintained a perfect weight and coat with that food

Author: Brittany H.
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Our vet recommended Burns Sensitive 3 years ago and our two have never had a weight problem since! Before we started using it, he used to weigh them and tut. Now he gives them a hug and kind words for us, for keeping them at the correct weight. Burns has even helped with their allergies.

Author: Verity D.
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My Boxer will only eat Blue Buffalo. We feed him their Healthy Weight Chicken.

Author: Stacey M.
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My girl just can’t lose the weight she gained after horrible heartworm treatment and no activity for 270 days… She gets 2 cups Purina pro weight management and either a can of greens beans or Purina one wet a day. And NO treats

Author: Cheryl Stutts W.
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My Boxers eat 3 small meals a day with veggies and Diamond Naturals dry. They will have boiled skinless chicken, some egg, veggies, plain Greek yogurt, not all at once..I change it up. Feeding them twice.a day and only one cup per feeding isn’t a good idea because the Boxers who are high energy needs to eat 3 small meals a day with fruits and veggies. I can’t imagine just giving a dog just 2 cups a day. Must be starving

Author: Laurie Lambert P.
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Sweet potatoes, purée pumpkin, boiled chicken and green beans. I steamed frozen green beans and a 16 oz bag usually lasted 5 days and I boiled a small chicken breast 2x a week. I supplemented with 1/2 c kibble 2x a day. My boxer lost 12 lbs on this diet.
Author: Mary LeBlanc A.
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Feed him a quality food but less of it, I have been feeding Diamond Performance for 30 years and my dogs are strong, healthy, active and perfect weights. My adults only get @ 1 1/2 Cups of food a day. I do not free feed, your baby will not be happy at first that you have cut his food back but will lose weight and become more active n healthy no matter what food you choose to use

Author: John H.
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In conclusion, providing an obese Boxer with the right diet is crucial to ensure their journey towards a healthier weight is both enjoyable and effective. By focusing on high-quality protein sources, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and essential nutrients, you can support your dog’s weight loss while maintaining their overall health. Always consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to your pet’s diet. With patience, dedication, and the right food choices, your beloved Boxer will be well on their way to achieving a leaner, happier, and more energetic life. Embrace the journey together for a stronger bond and a healthier future.

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