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How long is a puppy still a puppy?

stellasmama
August 13th, 2009, 03:25 PM
Our Stella is now 10 months old. How long is she still considered a puppy???? We recently boarded her and when I told the owner of the kennel we were feeding her a puppy food she kind of looked at me funny.

hazelrunpack
August 13th, 2009, 03:48 PM
We fed ours puppy food for a full year. Physically, unless it's a large breed pup, they're usually full-grown by a year, give or take some filling out. Mentally, of course, they can be puppies much longer! :laughing:

kara1
August 13th, 2009, 05:41 PM
sorry thread jacking here but when you switch over do you still do it slowly or can you just switch with the same brand but adult instead of puppy

hazelrunpack
August 13th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Normally, we kept them on puppy food till they were a full year, then did the gradual switchover to the adult food. Sometimes there's just enough change in the formulas between the puppy food and the adult food to cause some GI distress if you make the switch too quickly.

kara1
August 13th, 2009, 06:02 PM
thanks hazel

Chaser
August 13th, 2009, 06:44 PM
You can take a pup off of puppy food in between 10 -12 months. My guess is with the mix your dog is you could probably go to an adult food now, but there would also be no harm in waiting until 12 months. There's no hard and fast rule really.

xNicolex
August 14th, 2009, 09:33 AM
the food i buy my puppy says "suitable for puppies 6 weeks to 2 years" completley baffled by that one

BenMax
August 14th, 2009, 09:56 AM
I agree with Hazelpackrun. Keep them on for 12 months. After that, you gradually make the change.

maneater
August 14th, 2009, 11:01 AM
I switched my puppy at around 10/11 months. At the advice of the vet. She is very very very active and she wasn't getting all that she needed and was loosing weight and for a chi that is only 3.5 pounds to start with loosing weight is bad. I kept her on the same brand but i just switched from the puppy food to the chihuahua 28 formula. (royal canin) I also feed them wellness wet food as a treat once or twice a week.

dlorusso
August 14th, 2009, 03:22 PM
Sexual maturity marks the beginning of the adult stage and
occurs at six to nine months of age. Physical maturity and
mental maturity arrive at approximately 18 to 24 months old,
or in some breeds, about three years of age.