Large Breed dogs need a different nutritional formulation than other breeds. This includes a protein to fat ratio geared towards their muscle and bone growth and glucosamine, either fortified or naturally present due to ingredients such as chicken meal (which is a natural source of glucosamine). Foods that are not labeled as “Large Breed” can be fine as long as the ingredients are the right percentages. It all depends on the formulation. It is best to look for a food that is corn and wheat free, with a named meat/meat meal as the first ingredient, and added good bacteria for digestion.
If you are planning to feed a different food, please purchase at least a small bag of current food to aid in transferring puppy to new food over a period of 7-14 days.
Our puppies are weaned using a combination of goat's milk, yogurt, and moistened dry puppy kibble, blended in a food processor and made into an easy to eat gruel. They love this even from the weaning age. The plain yogurt adds natural enzymes that aid in digestion along with added friendly bacteria. We gradually ease them into the dry food so by the time they are in their new homes they are eating it completely. The choice of their diet then relies on their new owners. We recommend a dry puppy food with a named meat meal as the first ingredient such as chicken, beef, lamb, fish etc. and one that has no corn, wheat, or soy. The urge to feed human food to them is understandable, but this can cause fatty deposits under their skin as well as digestive issues and other problems so it is not recommended. A good canned food can be added as a treat, but their main diet should consist of dry food to aid in keeping their teeth clean and free of tartar buildup. Each of our adult dogs are given a Greenie treat a day to aid in preventing tartar buildup.
"King", a puppy from one of our past litters.
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