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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I know it's been beat to death but I still need to ask

I got my first German Shepherd puppy well I will pick him up January 23rd and I have been researching dog food for him. I want to go ahead and get it and take whatever I will be feeding him to the breeder so that he can just start out on it and there will be no transitioning when I get him. I am a Police Officer and when he gets old enough he will be going threw K9 training so of course I want him big, strong and healthy. It seems the more I try and read the more I debate on the brands. I have it narrowed down to 4 brands and I want to get the best for my puppy of the 4 also I am looking for the brand that I ill feed him less of in a sense because the less I carry in my car the better so if he eats less portion wise but still gets all his nutrition it will help with that. I plan on trying to keep him on the same brand of food his whole life as long as its good food and works good with him. Thanks for all the help.

This is what I am picking from in order.
1) Canidae-All Life Stages Large Breed
2)Blue Buffalo-Life Protection Large Breed Puppy
3)Wellness-Super5mix Large Breed Puppy
4)Nutro Ultra Large Breed Puppy
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Out of those I would look at Wellness and Canidae.
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Honestly you won't go wrong with any of those. I would personally pick Wellness from that list.
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I've never tried the Canidae brands, but I think any of these large breed puppy foods in good. We also had our dog on Solid Gold wolfcub to add to your confusion.
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Make sure you look at the recalls (and history of recalls) on the foods. This is a link to help you evaluate foods.

Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor

Some of the foods are made by the same company. I've read of some folks who've had pups with issues from Blue. It's a pretty rich food. Looks like what you've got are a mix of 4 and 5 star food according to that site. I feed Innova LBP, which I've been very happy with. It's not as frequently used as a lot of other foods (on this forum), but it's a four star to 5 star food... and it's worked well for me. I would start with a smaller size bag to make sure whatever food you choose agrees with the pup. These foods are NOT cheap (I can't imagine my parents ever spending this kind of money on our dogs when I was growing up!!) so going with a smaller bag first just makes sense. Good luck!
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Okay thanks for all the input it is much appreciated
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just wanted to say, find out what the breeder is feeding, and do a slow transition in switching foods. I would actually keep him on what he's been eating for a week after he gets to your house, just so everything settles down.

I know my sister had problems with wellness being to 'rich', lots of diarhea..same with Blue..

I like California Natural for a good all around food. (I feed Diamond Naturals, economical and my dogs do very well on it)..

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Out of those I would choose Wellness.


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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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The puppy isnt eating any dog food right now I plan on taking this to the breeder and telling him this is what I plan on feeding him to please start him on it so there wont have a be a transition when I bring him home.
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The only one of those I would cross right off the list is Nutro. Of the others, I would probably choose either Canidae or Wellness. If portion size is important you may want to go with the Canidae or look into Wellness Core rather than Wellness Super5Mix ... Super5Mix is pretty low in kcals per cup so you will have to feed more of it than the others.
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