I always thought a GSD and a Rottweiler were classified as large dogs, but not giant. But hey, maybe that classification has changed???
I know the Newfoundland, St Bernard, Great Dane and sometimes the Mastiff are classified as giant breeds.
I personally can't say much regarding changing from puppy dry food to adult dry food. I prefer to feed a natural diet to dogs, and that diet is consistently the same throughout the dog's entire life, from puppyhood to adulthood.
One thing i DO know, however, is that it has been claimed that many puppy foods have ingredients which push growth along too far, too fast for the giant breeds of dogs. The slower the growth, the better definately.
Yep, same here DA, Labs, GSD's, Rotties etc have always been large breeds to me....
We were told by Jenna's Ortho specialist to change to the adult stuff when she was 4 months old. He seemed to think it would help slow down her growth to limit potential problems with her hips.
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Cleasanta, the only issue with the "large breed puppy foods" is that everything from a dalmation to an irish wolfhound can be classed as "large" and breeds, also individuals within breeds, have very different growth rates.
Standardised foods cannot account for these different growth rates. And yes, they can indeed push growth along much too fast for some breeds, with nasty results in bone and joint development.
My breed can take four years or more to fully grow, as can many giant breeds. These years consist of many stages of slowing and speeding of growth and food needs to be adjusted accordingly.
Boss gets adult dog nuts and raw meat. he was on puppy food until he was 4 months, then we changed his diet to half puppy nuts and half adult nuts until we ran out of puppy nuts. he has been on adult dog nuts ever since.
WTH are dog nuts???
I mean of course I know what nuts are, but obviously I'm not thinking of the same thing you are, surely?
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