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Old 07-22-2014, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys/girls

so i recently adopted two GSD around 1.5-2 years old, i went to petsmart the other day and picked up some royal canin food (MAXI Adult / MAXI Dog / Dog Diets / Pet Store Products / Home - RoyalCanin)

I now realize that royal canin has their own food for each dog (German Shepherd Adult / Breeds / Dog Diets / Pet Store Products / Home - RoyalCanin)

did i mess up and buy the wrong food for my gsd?
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're fine. The whole "food by breed" thing is a gimmick in my opinion. You can get a better food for the price though. A much much better food.


IMO, this is garbage...

Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, wheat, brown rice, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, natural flavors, dried beet pulp, fish oil, grain distillers dried yeast, -
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Either one can work, though both are going to be overpriced. The German Shepherd formula is just their super special, pay us more money for a pretty picture formula. For the price of the Royal Canin food, you can buy a much more nutritious food like Fromm, Acana, Merrick, or Castor&Pollux.

A friend of mine summed the breed specific nutrition issue up perfectly. We don't feed Chinese people Chinese food to make them better Chinese people or American food to American people to make them better Americans. so why feed dogs breed specific food to make them a better breed of dog? What little breed specific nutrition they might include in a breed specific food is negligible and easily surpassed by simply a high quality food like the ones I mentioned.
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No, don't worry about it. The specialized foods aimed at specific breeds is just marketing. There really won't be any real difference between the types.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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"Specialized breed" food is nonsense - they change the ingredient percentages slightly and charge extra. Just a gimmick.
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I agree it's absolutely a gimmick and there is much better quality food then RC out there
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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For the price, there are better options than RC for sure. RC certainly isn't cheap, but ingredients leave something to be desired
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