When we brought Frankie home from the breeder, we fed him Purina Pro Plan Selects
, as that is what the breeder recommended and had all her other 8 pups on.
Right around 12-13 weeks we started gradually switching him over to Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy Health
. We did it over the course of a week and Frankie responded very well to it. He is a little gassy at times...Thinking that's normal though..little guy can clear a room
Everyone seems to agree there is no perfect or best food you can feed, however when making the decision we were able to narrow down the choices by referring to the Whole Dog Journal
which publishes a yearly good & bad dry/wet food article.
Wellness was on the list of superior dog foods. I was also leaning towards Canidae, but found it was harder to find where I live. So my decision was partially based on being readily available to us at the local Petco and pet stores.
People recommended keeping the treats the same as the brand of food we decided to go with. So in our case, we feed him Wellness brand treats, although we also feed Frankie Charlie Bear
treats which are low in calories, I think around 3 calories per treat. We find them helpful when training, as he can eat a bunch throughout the day and night.
Hopefully this is helpful in making your decision