Re: When is food quality not good enough?
You should feed what your breeder feeds. Less stressful on the pup. Then you assess at around 5 months what type of adult food to switch to...keeping with the same brand or switching to something else. Your dog will aid in that.
I don't think that higher price means right for your dog. I think ingredients are the most important factor. I do spend $40 on 33 lbs of food for my 4 year old...but he needs a high protein food...and high protein usually comes as a grain free food. It works for Rider...but we tried a few different other formulas for a while first.
As for Rookie, I kept him on the same food my breeder was feeding (Eukanuba LBP) for the first 6 weeks...and then I wanted to switch him over to the Innova line (which makes EVO) because I like the lower grain and I like the company (plus for every 10 bags you buy, you get one free)...he was on Innova LBP up until 10 days ago. He's in the process of switching from puppy to adult to help slow down his growth because he's not even 6 months and already 60 lbs, and having some limping on an off.
For now, I would recommend staying with the breeder recommendation. THey know their pups the best.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
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