Feeding your Neapolitan Mastiff is a bit of a controversial topic. Hopefully when you purchased your Neapolitan the breeder outlined their recommended feeding protocol. Most breeders know their bloodlines and they know what works for them. So, you should always discuss changes with your breeder.
Having said that, there are a few points most will agree as NO's :
A few points most will agree as YES's :
That is where the agreements tend to end.
So from there, you must do some research.
Neo's love chicken - many breeders\owners use the BARF diet and feed raw, fresh chicken, bones and all. Others will pressure cook the chicken w\bones until the bones become mush, some will grind the chicken into a nice mush with a meat grinder. Research and figure out the best method for you and your Neo. Remember to rotate meat proteins - use Tuna, Beef and other high protein sources as well. A recent study discovered that canines need at least 3 different preys to fulfill their nutritional requirements and that canines well not true omnivores they are more omnivorous (they can eat more invertebrate prey and fruit) than the felines1.
Whatever you do...Feed him right or he won't reach his potential ! Raising a dog on cheap kibble is like raising a human baby on fast food his whole life - think about it...we are both mammals!
1.Pérez-Claros JA; Palmqvist P. How many potential prey species account for the bulk of the diet of mammalian predators? Implications for stable isotope paleodietary analyses. Journal of Zoology, 2008; 275 (1): 9 DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00401.x Article summary available online at:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080711135024.htm
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