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suggestions for dogfood for large breed puppies

February 4th, 2004, 11:21 PM
There are so many dogfoods on the market today so it get get very overwhelming trying to decide on the right one . Originally the owners that we bought Roxie (black lab/border collie) from had her on 'Iams' but when we went to Global Pet Foods they told us that it wasn't very good. So we went home with an all natural dog food 'Nature's Harvest'. We also bought 'Purina ONE with Lamb and Rice'. Our vet told us to make sure that it was a formula for large breed puppies. But there really isn't one specified they all just have a feeding chart with recommended feeding amounts.

My next food question is in regards to kibble versus soft. We have her on kibble but I add a bit of liquid to it. I also would like to hear any opinions on the combination foods (hard and soft together).:confused:

February 5th, 2004, 12:26 AM
I feed my dogs a raw food diet. Before I switched, I fed them Canidae.

Read the ingredients of your dog food. The first 5 products should be more meats then grain. Brewer's rice, corn and meat by products shouldn't be listed in the top 5 either.

Large breed is a marketing ploy. Fancy name=more money.

Try adding some plain yogurt and a raw egg, shell and all to the dry dog food.

February 5th, 2004, 05:44 AM
Ditto what Sandi says. There seems to be quite a bit of controversy about puppy foods, but certainly many knowlegable people think they're unecessary. I personally believe it's a marketing ploy to get people loyal to a particular brand for life. They've only been around for the last ten years or so anyhow. The only time I raised a young Rottie on large breed puppy food, the pup had pano for a few months...
Canidae is excellent, but there's many good brands. If you feed canned + kibble, the canned should not be more than 25% of the diet.
Here's an excellent website of dog nutrition, this lady put a ton of work into it:

PS - your dog likely isn't a large breed anyhow! I'm not sure if there's a standard for "large breeds" but I'm guessing it's dogs who mature at 80-90lbs+. It's unlikely your pup will get that big.
Can you post a picture of her? We love cute dog pictures? :)

February 5th, 2004, 09:35 AM
Here's a rating on dog food and some other info.

Hope it helps.

Dog Feeding Info (Dog Feeding Info)

Rating dog food$$PetFoodsByManu?OpenForm (Rating Dog Food)